October 28, 2016
Spine surgeon Keith Bridwell, MD, was recognized at the North American Spine Society's (NASS) annual meeting held October 26-29 in Boston, MA. Dr. Bridwell received the Leon Wiltse Award, which recognizes his unique and outstanding contributions to the field of spine care and research, highlighting his excellence in leadership.
Dr. Bridwell was nominated for this award by Samuel K. Cho, MD and Lukas P. Zebala, MD:
"Dr. Bridwell has been a prolific researcher on spinal deformity with over 300 peer-reviewed publications, 40 invited publications and 77 book chapters. His research has advanced spinal deformity surgery for the past 30 years and has culminated in a National Institute of Health RO1 grant evaluating operative and non-operative treatment of adult spinal deformity.
Dr. Bridwell has been a champion for adult and pediatric patients with scoliosis and has advocated for his patients through numerous local and national leadership roles. Dr. Bridwell has dedicated his entire career to the advancement of spinal deformity surgery. This is clearly reflected in the volume of academic work he has contributed, for which he has been honored with many awards and of which perhaps the most notable would be the recently completed NIH-funded clinical trial of adult scoliosis patients who were randomized to either non-operative treatment or surgery.
His attention to detail and individualized care have resulted in many changed lives. As the Leon Wiltse Award seeks to recognize excellence in leadership and clinical research in spine care, we can’t think of another individual who deserves this award more than Dr. Keith Bridwell."
Dr. Bridwell is the J. Albert Key Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine. He is also the founder of the Washington University Spine Fellowship program, and the founder of the Pediatric and Adult Spinal Deformity service. Dr. Bridwell specializes in pediatric and adult spinal deformities, including scoliosis, kyphosis and kyphoscoliosis, as well as complex spinal disorders and complex revisions of spinal reconstructive surgery. To read Dr. Bridwell's complete biography, click here.
The North American Spine Society is a global multidisciplinary medical society that utilizes education, research and advocacy to foster the highest quality, ethical, value- and evidence-based spine care for patients.