Advancing Our Mission

Through our Mission Trip Program, NSF partners with leading spine surgeons, NuVasive, Inc.®, in-country medical professionals, governments, hospitals and other nonprofits to facilitate mission trips that bring life-changing spine surgery, training and technology to under-resourced communities around the globe.

The NSF team embraces collaboration and partnership in order to leverage the best possible outcomes for the patients we set out to help. NSF works hand-in-hand with NuVasive, Inc., local medical professionals, governments, hospitals and other nonprofits to break down financial, geographic and cultural barriers to ensure that patients around the world get the care they deserve.

Our mission teams are made-up of renowned spine surgeons, allied health professionals and volunteers 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.




2018 Mission Trips & Partnerships

March: Monterrey, Mexico 
In partnership with Global Spine Outreach

March: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
In partnership with World Spine Outreach & Butterfly Foundation

April: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
In partnership with Global Peace & Love Foundation

May: Kisumu, Kenya
In partnership with Giving Back Kenya

May: Ulaanbataar, Mongolia
In partnership with the Virtue Foundation

May: Kampala, Uganda
In partnership with Duke Global Neuroscience and Neurosurgery

May: San Pedro Sula, Honduras 
In Partnership with World Pediatric Project & the Ruth Paz Foundation


May: Cali, Columbia 
In partnership with Global Spine Outreach

May: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
In partnership with Conscience International

July: Kingstown, St. Vincent 
In partnership with World Pediatric Project

July: Davao, Philippines 
Orthopedic Link

August: București, Romania 
Health Volunteers Overseas

September: Monterrey, Mexico 
In partnership with Global Spine Outreach

September: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
In partnership with One World Surgery


October: Kampala, Uganda
In partnership with Duke Global Neuroscience and Neurosurgery

October: Jordan 
In partnership with Syrian American Medical Society

November: Bridgetown, Barbados 
In partnership with World Pediatric Project

November: Cali, Columbia
In partnership with Global Spine Outreach

December: Tegucigalpa, Honduras
In partnership with One World Surgery

 



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.

MEET JANINE

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.




Application Instructions:

  1. Complete the application form – Please be as detailed as possible.
  2. The NSF staff will review your request for grant eligibility.
  3. If eligible, your request will be reviewed and decided on by the NSF Grants
    Committee.
  4. You will be notified via email regarding the committee’s decision.
  5. If approved, you will work with NSF staff to fulfill your approved grant.

Please Note: Requests must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the mission date.

Questions? Please contact, Jamie Hagan: 858.766.1426 or jhagan@nuvasive.com

Please Note: This NSF funding request form is for grants in support of nonprofit organizations focused on providing life-changing spine surgery in disadvantaged communities across the globe. If you have a request that is in support of a research project, educational event, or fellowship program directly related to spine, please visit NuVasive Corporate Grants.