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Michelle Welborn, M.D., invited to serve on Scoliosis Research Society’s new task force

Michelle Welborn, M.D., invited to serve on Scoliosis Research Society’s new task force

Michelle Welborn, M.D., pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at the Portland Shriners Hospital, was recently recruited by the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) to serve on their newly-implemented blended learning task force. Internationally recognized as the world’s premier spine society, the SRS emphasizes its commitment to research and education in the field of spinal deformities. This newly founded task force will pave the way for designing a core curriculum of holistic training protocols for future generations of physicians.

The invitation to serve on this task force means that Dr. Welborn, along with the 13 other physicians selected, will collaborate on developing a core curriculum that will serve as the foundation for the future of spinal deformity education. All members of the task force are leaders in spine surgery, and their purpose is to redesign the curriculum that will guide spine fellowships and provide learning for spine surgeons through additional educational courses. This group will analyze the existing curriculum to determine areas where educational components can be updated, and identify opportunities to integrate a more modern approach. The collective goal of modernizing the curriculum is to ensure that opportunities for online training are blended with classical training tools. In addition, members will provide oversight to SRS-endorsed training centers and establish the minimum requirements for obtaining the title of SRS fellow.

“It’s an incredible honor to be a part of this,” Dr. Welborn said. “It’s a huge effort to revitalize the curriculum of such a large organization, and an incredible opportunity to be able to guide future generations.”

Dr. Welborn has been a practicing pediatric orthopaedic surgeon at the Portland Shriners Hospital since January of 2016. She is one of 13 pediatric orthopaedic physicians on staff, and one of four on staff who specialize specifically in spinal deformities. Dr. Welborn is a highly decorated physician and has been recognized with several accolades.

Her recent work on advancing scoliosis care through a biomarker called CXM won her the Thomas E. Whitecloud Award for Best Basic Science Paper last year, as well as Best Basic Science Research Paper at the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America this year. The Scoliosis Research Society has nominated her again for their award ceremony this fall due to her continued work on the biomarker project, which paves the way toward more precise treatment options for patients with spinal deformities.

Additionally, her peers in health care nominated her for Portland Monthly’s Top Docs award, which she has won two years in a row. Dr. Welborn’s expertise also makes her one of only a select few across the country who are certified to perform an innovative scoliosis treatment called anterior vertebral body tethering.

Dr. Welborn has been a candidate member of the SRS, a prestigious organization with strict membership criteria, since 2016. Their membership includes only 1,300 total members worldwide; a combination of spine surgeons, researchers, physician assistants and orthotists who are leaders in the research and treatment of spinal deformities.