Michelle C. Marks, PT, MA
Title of talk: Collaborative Research Powers Innovation and Quality Improvement
Michelle Marks is the executive director of the Setting Scoliosis Straight Foundation and the research director of the Harms Study Group, the premier Pediatric Scoliosis research group. Michelle’s professional career has spanned as a physical therapist at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego, in the Motion Analysis Laboratory Research Labs at Connecticut Children’s Hospital, and Rady Children’s Hospital. For more than 23 years she has led the efforts, along with Dr. Peter Newton, of the Harms Study Group and in 2008 formed the nonprofit foundation, Setting Scoliosis Straight with a mission to advance the treatment of pediatric scoliosis patients through research and education. Michelle holds a B.S. in Physical Therapy from Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles and a master’s degree in Biomechanical Research from San Diego State University. She resides in San Diego, California and is a wife and mother of two. She loves surfing, swimming, hiking, and riding her horses.
Ferran Pellisé, MD, PhD
Muharrem Yazici, MD
Title of Talk: SRS – More than a surgery-oriented Society.
Muharrem Yazici is the Professor of Orthopedics at the Hacettept University in Ankara, Turkey. His clinical practice involves pediatric orthopedic and spine conditions. His research focuses on the treatment of early onset pediatric spine deformities. He edited two international textbooks and published more than 140 research articles in peer review international journals. He served as president for European Pediatric Orthpaedic Society (2012-2013) and as Board of Director (2012-2014), Chair of Growing Spine (2007) and Program Committees (2017) for the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS). He is currently serving as President of the SRS.