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Scoliosis Research and Education Foundation

SREF: Scoliosis Research and Education Foundation

The purpose of the SREF is to foster and conduct research in the area of scoliosis and other spinal disorders and to promote and conduct education and training of physicians in the United States as well as in developed and developing countries throughout the world.


Research is a pursuit that is the backbone to improvements in care that lead to better outcomes, less complications, safer treatment, and quicker recoveries. Dr. Lonner and his team of researchers led by Yuan Ren, PhD devote their intellectual energies and a great deal of time and money to explore research questions to improve the lives of individuals with scoliosis requiring treatment. They have contributed to hundreds of research studies and have led numerous prospective studies and have published nearly 120 studies that influence the treatment of scoliosis globally. Our team relies on your contributions to allow us to continue our research.

Your contributions pay for:

  1. Research assistant
  2. Data collection
  3. Computers and software used in research
  4. Travel to research meetings
  5. Charitable missions to educate and train local surgeons in developing countries and to care for patients

Founded in 2002 by Dr. Baron Lonner, the Scoliosis Research and Education Foundation is a charitable, tax exempt foundation established to contribute to knowledge in the area of scoliosis and spinal deformity research and to foster education in this area worldwide. The SREF is a 501(c)3, non-profit corporation, which files a form ­­­­990 report each year with the Internal Revenue Service. Financial summaries and copies of form 990 reports for SRS are available on the Guide Star Web site, at Our federal tax ID number is 02-0623021. Financial summaries and copies of form 990 reports for SRS are available on the Guide Star Web site, at

Specific Aims of the Scoliosis Research Education Foundation:

  • Perform and foster research in the area of scoliosis and other spinal deformities.
  • Train residents, fellows, and attending spine surgeons in the discipline of spinal surgery and specifically spinal deformity care.
  • Educate patients and their families and the general public about scoliosis and spinal deformity.
  • Provide charitable care through travel to underdeveloped countries to treat patients, train local spine surgeons and to assist in the development of the necessary infrastructure to ensure better patient care in the area of spinal disease.


All donations to the SREF are used entirely for research, seeking improved treatments, causes, and possible prevention of spinal deformities. No portion of any contribution is used for any other purpose. The SREF is a 501(c)3 organization operated exclusively for educational and scientific purposes. All contributions are deductible by donors in computing their taxable income to the extent provided by IRS codes.

Dr. Lonner and his team need your support for their important research in order to continue to make improvements in scoliosis care and to better answer questions for patients with scoliosis and other spinal deformities.

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Current Areas of Study:

  • Radiation-free surface topography in the evaluation of the scoliosis patient
  • Assessing outcomes in adolescent scoliosis, adult scoliosis, and Scheuermann’s kyphosis
  • Body Image Disturbance in spinal deformities
  • What the Patient sees in the mirror: Truncal Anterior Asymmetry Scoliosis Questionnaire
  • Psychological Impact of scolisosis and its treatment in the adolescent and adult patient
  • Longterm outcomes in Scheuermann’s kyphosis surgical and non-operative treatment
  • Return to sports after scoliosis surgery in the adolescent
  • Outcomes in fusionless, tethering surgery in the adolescent
  • Improving efficiency in scoliosis surgery
  • Decreasing blood loss in scoliosis surgery
  • Understanding and decreasing risk, improving safety in pediatric and adult scoliosis surgery

Charitable Care Trips

2014 Surgeon volunteer (FOCOS). Ghana, West Africa. (March 03- 07, 2014)
2011 Surgeon volunteer, Ghana, West Africa (November, 2011)
2010 Surgeon volunteer. Ghana, West Africa. (May, 2010)
2010 Surgeon volunteer. Cuba. (Feb, 2010)
2009 Surgeon volunteer, lecturer. Cairo and Tanta, Egypt. (December 2009)
2009 Surgeon volunteer. Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. (February, 2009)
2007 Surgeon volunteer (FOCOS). Ghana, West Africa. (April 30-May 12, 2007)
2006 Surgeon volunteer. Ghana, West Africa. (May, 2006)
2006 Surgeon volunteer, lecturer. Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. (February and October, 2006)
2005 Surgeon volunteer, lecturer. Cairo, Egypt. (April, 2005)
2005 Surgeon volunteer. Barbados. (February, May, August 2005)
2004 Surgeon volunteer, lecturer. Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. (June, 2004)
2003 Surgeon volunteer, lecturer. Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic. (March 5-9, June 18-22, 2003)
2002 Surgeon volunteer. Ghana, West Africa. (April, 2002)


2016 Justin Paul, Baron Lonner, Thomas J. Errico. Chronic Conditions Associated with Reoperation After Adult Lumbar Fusion Surgery. Poster #370. Highlighted for the (Spine) Guided Poster Tour. AAOS Annual Meeting, March 1-5, 2016. Orlando, Florida.

2015 Andrew N. Swanson, MD, Memorial Spine Award (to HSS alumnus who has excelled in spine education, research, practice or humanitarian efforts)

2013 Jamie Terran, Brian J. McHugh, Charla R. Fischer, Baron Lonner, Daniel Warren, Steven D. Glassman, Keith H. Bridwell, Frank Schwab, and Virginie Lafage. Adult Spinal Deformity: Projected Cost-Effectiveness of Surgery at 5 Year Follow Up. P346. Winning poster in Spine category. AAOS Annual Meeting, March 11-15, 2014. New Orleans, Louisiana.

2013 Slobodyanyuk, K; Cheriyan, T; Schwab, F; Verma, K; Hoelscher, C; Peters, A; Huncke, T; Lonner, B; Errico, T. Antifibrinolytics Reduce Blood Loss In Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Trial. Podium and Hibbs Clinical Award Nominee for Best Clinical Paper, 48th Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) Annual Meeting and Course. Lyon, France September 18-21, 2013.

2013 Verma K, Errico T, Diefenbach C, Hoelscher C, Peters A, Dryer J, Huncke T, Boenigk K, Lonner BS. The relative efficacy of antifibrinolytics in adolescent idiopathic scoliosis: a prospective randomized trial. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014;96(10):e80. Honorable Mention to Austin Peters- The Dr. Saul J. Farber Award for Student Research in Public Health, Sponsored by the Medical Committee of the Bellevue Association. Presented April 29, 2013 at the NYU Bellevue Hospital Center, New York, NY.

2011 Ricart-Hoffiz, P; Takemoto, R; Park, J; Andres, T; Hoelscher, C; Goldstein, J; Spivak, J; Bendo, J; Errico, TJ; Lonner, BS. Prospective, Randomized Study of Surgical Site Infections with the Use of Perioperative Antibiotics for 24 Hours Versus the Duration of a Drain After Spinal Surgery. Best Paper Podium 26th Annual North American Spine Society (NASS) Meeting and Course, Chicago, Illinois, November 2-5, 2011.
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2011 Verma K, Errico T, Hoelscher C, Dryer J, Huncke T, Boenigk K, Lonner BS. Are Anti-fibrinolytics effective at reducing Pri-Operative Blood Loss in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis? Podium 18th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) Meeting, Denmark, July 13-16, 2011. Best Clinical Paper.

2010 Scoliosis Research Society Russell A. Hibbs Award Winner for Best Clinical Science Paper “How Effective Are Antifibrinolytics at Reducing Blood Loss in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Surgery? A Prospective Randomized Double Blind Study”

2010 Spine Arthroplasty Society 10th Annual Meeting-Award for Best Poster
“The Feasibility of Radiation-Free Diagnostic Monitoring in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis Using a Novel, Upright Positional MRI Protocol.”

2010 Trobisch P, Bharucha N, Newton P, Shah S, Betz R, Lonner BS. Race and Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis: Are There Racial Differences in Age at Skeletal Maturity, Curve Flexibility or Curve Correction? E-Poster 25th Annual NASS Meeting, Orlando, FL, October 5-9, 2010, Best Poster Presentation.

2009 Hansjorg Wyss Foundation start up research grant award, $50,000
(AOSpine Research Commission)
“Disc Degeneration Below Arthrodesis in Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis at a minimum 10 year follow-up.”

2009 Auerbach JD, Weidner ZD, Milby AH, Diab M, Lonner BS. Musculoskeletal Injuries Among Spine Surgeons: Results of a Survey of the SRS Membership. Podium 15th IMAST Hong Kong, July 9, 2008. Podium NASS Toronto, Oct., 2008 (selected for Best Paper). Podium 44th Annual SRS Meeting, San Antonio, TX, September 23-26, 2009.

2008 1st Century Development Grant, $70,000
(Cervical Spine Research Society, 2008)
“In Vivo Quantification of Adjacent Level Cervical Disc Integrity Following Anterior Cervical Decompression and Fusion and Laminaplasty: A Matched Pair Analysis and Comparison Using T1rho-weighted MRI.”

2005 Scoliosis Research Society Russell Hibbs Award Finalist for paper on Operative Management of Scheuermann’s Kyphosis in 78 Patients: Radiographic outcomes, complications, and techniques.

2004 First prize for best poster presentation for “Effect of Time on Osteoprogenitor Cell Viability when Harvesting Cancellous Posterior Iliac Crest Bone Graft in Rabbits,”American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons meeting, San Francisco.

1998 Attending of the Year Award, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Orthopaedic Residency Program (June, 1998)

1989 Boston University School of Medicine Radiology Award, for presentation on congenital scoliosis (May, 1989)

1985 Cum Laude honors, Boston University College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Lonner’s CV

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