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Operation Straight Spine
Featured Member: Dr. Jeffrey R. McConnell
Establishing a charitable mission project to provide spinal disease and deformity treatment for the poor and under-served in India was a dream shared by orthopaedic spine surgeons Jeffrey R. McConnell, MD from the US and Dr. Ujjwal K. Debnath, FRCS from the UK. After four years of hard work and careful planning, the dream became reality when the "Operation Straight Spine" team landed in India this past November . In the U.S., Dr. McConnell established the Spine Education and Research Foundation to help fund the project, solicited donors, recruited skilled team members and arranged for donated supplies and equipment. While based in the UK Dr. Debnath, native to India and Kolkata, navigated cultural, political and institutional barriers and tirelessly organized local support for the project through the Ramakrishna Mission Seva Pratisthan (RMSP), where years earlier he had completed some of his orthopaedic training. "Operation Straight Spine" was successfully completed as a pilot charitable project during November 12 - 24, 2006. "Operation Straight Spine" was the first-ever charitable project of its kind in India and consisted of outpatient clinics, major spine surgery interventions, ward rounds and teaching seminars for local support staff and physicians. Read the full project summary.
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