November 4, 2021

UAMS’ Bumpass Becomes Member of Esteemed Scoliosis Research Society

By Jennifer Gurley

David B. Bumpass, M.D., an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), recently achieved full membership in the Scoliosis Research Society (SRS), an international spine organization comprised of the world’s leading spine surgeons, researchers, and allied health personnel who are involved in the research and treatment of spinal deformities.

Bumpass is an orthopaedic spine surgeon specializing in a wide variety of pediatric and adult spinal conditions, including scoliosis, kyphosis, neuromuscular deformities, congenital deformities, as well as spine tumors.  He joined UAMS in 2015 and currently serves co-director of spine care services at UAMS Health.

Membership into the Scoliosis Research Society requires candidates meet the strict SRS Fellowship criteria, which includes having at least 20% of their practice devoted to spinal deformities and the successful completion of the five-year Candidate Fellowship. Only Active Fellows may vote and hold elected offices within the Society.

“The SRS is the world’s leading organization for spinal deformity research, and I am very honored to be a member.” said Bumpass. “Participating in research that improves the care we deliver and informs our daily discussions with patients is one of the most exciting aspects of my job.”

Bumpass is among only five providers in Arkansas—along with UAMS Orthopaedic Surgery colleagues Richard McCarthy, M.D. and R. Dale Blasier, M.D.—who have achieved membership into the prestigious society.

Bumpass received his medical degree with honors from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in 2008 and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Washington University in St. Louis in 2013, where he remained for his fellowship training in Adult and Pediatric Spine Surgery. He subsequently had the opportunity for further training at the university as he pursued a specialized fellowship under the mentorship of Lawrence G. Lenke, M.D., a renowned spinal surgeon and one of the world’s foremost leaders in complex spinal deformity surgery.

In addition to his role as Co-Director of the Spine Service, Bumpass serves as the Vice-Chair of Research and Co-Director of the Spine Surgery Fellowship program in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.  He has published research in numerous prestigious orthopaedic journals, focusing on outcomes of spinal deformity surgery and spine tumors, as well as on current health policy challenges facing orthopaedic surgery. In 2018, he was named one of the nation’s outstanding young spine care providers by the North American Spine Society’s SpineLine magazine in its inaugural “20 Under 40” list honoring spine professionals under the age of 40.