IMAST 2019: Navigation and robotics “playing an increasing role in spine surgery”

President of the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), Peter Newton (San Diego, USA), speaks to BLearning at IMAST 2019 (17 –20 July, Amsterdam, Netherlands) about this year’s annual meeting which “focused on innovation” and covered the “breadth of spinal surgery, not just spinal deformity surgery”.

As a paediatric specialist, Newton outlines his particular interest in “growth modulation techniques and anterior spinal growth tethering” which has had a lot of “controversy and debate” surrounding it.

Besides tethering, it is “very clear” that navigation and robotics is “playing an increasing role in spine surgery” which was covered widely in the IMAST meeting, notes Newton.

Newton, Peter

Peter Newton is Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego and a clinical professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine. After earning his degree in bioengineering, Dr. Newton attended the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School. He completed his residency at UC San Diego, followed by a fellowship in pediatric orthopedics and scoliosis at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital in Dallas.

Dr. Newton primarily treats scoliosis and other spinal conditions, such as vertebral fractures. On the research side, he has been involved in more than 200 publications; among his areas of focus are spine surgery, scoliosis without spinal fusion, and orthopedic biomechanics. He has also authored numerous books and book chapters.

His professional affiliations include membership in numerous pediatric orthopedic organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, where he was a former president. He is the current president of the Scoliosis Research Society.

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