Dr. Bess was co-author on three of the best papers at the 2014 North American Spine Society's annual meeting. These papers were, "Outcomes of Operative and Nonoperative Treatment for Adult Spinal Deformity: A Prospective, Multicenter Matched and Unmatched Cohort Assessment with Minimum of Two-Year Follow-Up", "Comparison of Best versus Worst Clinical Outcomes for Adult Spinal Deformity Surgery: A Prospective, Multicenter Assessment with Minimum Two-Year Follow-Up", and "Operative Treatment of Adult Spinal Deformity Improves Disease State and Physical Function Regardless of Age and Deformity Type, while Nonoperative Treatment Has No Impact: A Two-Year Prospective Analysis".