NSF Directed Mission Trips
NSF directed mission trips travel to global locations that have been carefully chosen and set-up to ensure we are making a meaningful impact on each trip. On an NSF directed mission, NSF is directly responsible for mission planning, funding, products (i.e. instruments, fixation systems, implants etc.) and patient care. We also feel it is our responsibility to work with and train local surgeons to develop sustainable spine treatment programs that can remain even after we return home.
Our mission teams are made-up of renowned spine surgeons and allied health professionals who are committed to giving patients access to the surgical treatment they critically need, while providing a pathway toward a normal life at no cost to them. These individuals volunteer their time and expertise out of the sheer love of giving back and changing lives.
Where We Go
With your support and the new team’s hard work over the last year, NSF is excited to announce it is relaunching the NSF directed mission trip program in TWO new locations: Monterrey, Mexico and Tegucigalpa, Honduras
NSF’s mission remains the same, as it continues to help transform patient lives in disadvantaged communities across the globe. Through the directed mission trip program, NSF travels to a mission site and leads a NuVasive surgical team comprised of surgeons, neurophysiologists and product specialists in providing life-changing spine surgery for in-need patients while also training local surgeons on innovative spine techniques and technology.
In Monterrey, Mexico, the foundation will partner with Global Spine Outreach and focus on pediatric deformity cases with the goal of performing 10-15 surgeries each trip. The first direct mission in 2018 will be led by Dr. Greg Mundis and Dr. Anthony Rinella and is slated for the end of March.
The NSF directed mission trips to Tegucigalpa, Honduras will focus on adult degenerative cases with the goal of performing 20 life-changing spine surgeries each trip. NSF will be the first group to bring spine surgery to the One World Holy Family surgery center and the patients it serves – making this an exciting partnership for both the foundation and community of Tegucigalpa.
2017 Directed Missions
Barbados: December 2017
In partnership with World Pediatric Project, NSF ended the year strong with an NSF directed mission trip to Bridgetown, Barbados. The team performed eight adolescent idiopathic scoliosis surgeries at Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH), in Bridgetown, Barbados. The team was led by Steve Hwang, MD and Andrew Vivas, MD, with the help of Kevin Moroney, product manager, Heather Greenburg, neurophysiologist, and NSF teammates Jamie Hagan and Nic Didier.
Janine is a 19-year old from Barbados, with an unwavering passion for life. Four years ago, she was diagnosed with scoliosis and has been confined to wearing a brace 23-hours a day. Through it all, Janine remained committed to living her life to the fullest. Last year, she won a prestigious honor of serving as an ambassador for her parish, and spent the year focusing on improving agriculture within her community as a way to better her nation.
Janine was one of eight surgeries performed on the December 2017 NuVasive Spine Foundation (NSF) Directed Mission to Barbados in partnership with World Pediatric Project. Once she has healed from her surgery, Janine hopes to utilize her diploma in Health Sciences to become an EMT and help people in need. Donate today, to ensure patients like Janine have the opportunity to live their lives to the fullest.