October 5, 2009 — The Scoliosis Research Society recognized Robert M. Campbell Jr., MD, with the 2009 Walter P. Blount Humanitarian Award in recognition of "... 20 years of dedication to sick children, many of whom would not be alive today without his efforts." The prestigious award recognizes "individuals who have demonstrated outstanding service to organizations, community or education."
Dr. Campbell's contributions
Dr. Campbell, director of the Thoracic Insufficiency Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, was specifically recognized for:
- Medical technology innovation — he invented VEPTR, the vertical expandable prosthetic titanium rib, which is now used in 26 countries worldwide to treat thoracic insufficiency syndrome.
- Humanitarian contributions —he has used VEPTR to help 300 children with rib defects internationally.
- Legislative advocacy — he testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on behalf of the 2007 Pediatric Medical Devices Safety and Improvement Act.
About the Scoliosis Research Society
The Scoliosis Research Society offers education about research and treatment of spinal deformities to the public and healthcare professionals. For more information, visit http://www.srs.org/.