Keith Bridwell, MD has been a prolific researcher on spinal deformity with over 300 peer-reviewed publications, 40 invited publications and 77 book chapters. His research has advanced spinal deformity surgery for the past 30 years and has culminated in a National Institute of Health RO1 grant evaluating operative and non-operative treatment of adult spinal deformity. Dr. Bridwell has been a champion for adult and pediatric patients with scoliosis and has advocated for his patients through numerous local and national leadership roles. Dr. Bridwell has dedicated his entire career to the advancement of spinal deformity surgery. This is clearly reflected in the volume of academic work he has contributed, for which he has been honored with many awards and of which perhaps the most notable would be the recently completed NIH-funded clinical trial of adult scoliosis patients who were randomized to either non-operative treatment or surgery. His attention to detail and individualized care have resulted in many changed lives. As the Leon Wiltse Award seeks to recognize excellence in leadership and clinical research in spine care, we can’t think of another individual who deserves this award more than Dr. Keith Bridwell.
Nominated by Samuel K. Cho, MD & Lukas P. Zebala, MD