Shay Bess, MD, is a spine surgeon in Denver Colorado specializing in scoliosis and spine deformity conditions in pediatric and adult patients. Dr. Bess is the president and founder of the International Spine Study Group Foundation, which is a 20 site multi-center research foundation that studies clinical and economic outcomes, complications, and best practice guidelines for adult patients with spine deformity conditions. Since the inception in 2009, the International Spine Study Group has presented over 2000 scientific abstracts, has published over 250 peer review manuscripts, and is currently the most productive spine research study group in the world. Dr. Bess has over 300 manuscript publications and is an internationally recognized leader as a spine surgeon and researcher. Dr. Bess received his undergraduate degree from Columbia University in New York City, and medical doctorate from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and completed a fellowship in pediatric and adult spinal surgery at the Washington University in St. Louis. In addition to his research and clinic efforts, Dr. Bess has participated in medical mission work for the Ethiopia Project, as well as other charity efforts that provide spine care for children in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Colombia.