A letter from Paul A. Anderson, MD:

Dear Colleagues:

A core principle of our mission is to promote research in lumbar spine surgery. As a young organization, our focus was growth and stability. Despite numerous challenges, including our vision to remain as free as possible from commercial bias and industry involvement, our Society is thriving.

For the first decade of our organization, the members of the LSRS Board of Directors have personally provided the majority of funding towards this goal.  

For the long-term success of the LSRS Research Grant program, we will need members and attendees to consider donating generously to the Research Fund.

The LSRS Board feels that we are positioned to impact lumbar spine research in a direct and meaningful way.  100% of the money raised has funded research projects endorsed by the Research Committee and the Executive Committee.  The current goal is to grant $20,000 per year to the best submission. This initial support has functioned as seed money for eventual NIH submissions. All projects involve active members of the Society.

Please consider making a generous tax-deductible credit card donation to the Research Fund via our website: LSRS.org

Alternatively, you may make a donation of appreciated stock which has the additional benefit of being exempt from capital gains tax.  Please contact us for details regarding this option.


Paul A. Anderson, MD

Past President, LSRS


$20,000 Research Grant Award Recipients:

2014   Wellington Hsu, MD  (Northwestern University) Development of a BMP-2-binding Demineralized Bone Nanomatrix (DBN) for spinal fusion 

2015   Brandon Lawrence, MD (University of Utah) Defining the Osteogenic Potential of Mesenchymal Stem Cells and their Progenitors During Spinal Decompression and Posterolateral Lumbar Fusion 

2016    Clinton Devin, MD (Vanderbilt University Medical Center)   Randomized Clinical Trial to determine Efficacy and Feasibility of Using Predictive Model Based Calculator as a Shared Decision-Making Tool for Lumbar Spine Surgery

2017    Kevin Baker, PhD (William Beaumont Hospital)   Peripheral Blood Mobilization of Marrow-Derived Stem Cells to Enhance Bone Formation

2018 Michael Steinmetz, MD (Cleveland Clinic Foundation) Nerve Root Block in Predicting Good Outcome Following Lumbar Foraminotomy

For more information regarding 5 year pledges for a total of 10,000, $5,000, $2,500, etc, or for information regarding Stock Contributions to the LSRS, please contact us today!

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Lumbar Spine Research Society
252 Brooks Street, Box 48
Oregon, Wisconsin 53575