International Surgical Foundation
International Surgical Foundation is a non-profit Christian based charity founded out of a need to provide to the impoverished population of the Dominican Republic and surrounding areas, the very best in surgical treatment of all spine disorders.
ISF is the collaboration of many dedicated professionals, who witness first hand the extreme poverty resulting in profound neglect of many spine related problems. This has left many within the population suffering from major neurologic disorders which could have been prevented with proper clinical follow up.
In Sept 2010, 6 members of one of Scottsdale Healthcare scoliosis surgical team was invited as the first spine team to support the Surgical Humanitarian Mission co-sponsored by Fundación HOMS Santiago, Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic shares the same land mass with Haiti. This island nation (Haiti) was devastated by a major earthquake thus worsening their poverty. Haiti has added to the issues facing Dominican Republic as their population is also seeking good health care and resources. There are many countries all over the world who’s poverty dictates access to medical care, leaving in its wake many of their citizens profoundly disabled, and unable to provide for themselves or their families. ISF’s long term goal is to expand its operation to other countries within the Caribbean and Central America.
It was the surgical mission to Santiago, Dominican Republic, that sparked the interest of this highly trained group of medical professionals in creating this non-profit organization in an effort to prevent life and limb threatening conditions from plaguing the under-served men, women, and children in the Caribbean and South America.
Our dedication to the care and treatment of those with spine related issues has extended well beyond the patients of Arizona. Our dream to provide much needed spine related surgical services to a population whose access to treatment and health care is profoundly limited due to their economics, has become a reality through the development of this foundation.
Fall 2013 Fundraiser – Casino Night a Huge Success!!
On Saturday night October 12, over 390 registered guest enjoyed great food, excellent music, and the opportunity to feel the rush of casino night, amplified by the ambiance of the Music Instrument Museum in North Scottsdale. Each and everyone of them now partners in our humanitarian efforts to provide needed spine surgical support to the less fortunate. Thank you to all who attended, and supported the event. Your kindness and generosity will go to help perform complex surgery for children and adults who’s poverty dictates their access to life altering surgery.
Special thanks to the event organizers Jane D’Amelio, Sarah Lossing, Bianca Shaw, and Heather Cardenas for their work, as well as the many other volunteers who made the evening a success.
May God bless you and your families.Duane D. H. Pitt MD Founder – International Surgical Foundation
Special thanks to our many sponsors:
Desert Institute for Spine Disorders, Orthofix Spine, RightToyota, Medtronic Spine, Team Velocity Marketing, PJs Flowers and Events, AZ Sports Talk, Phoenix Magazine, Right Honda, Hinrichsen Jewelers, Dent Wizard, Laser Spine, Lerner & Rowe, Dream Dealers, SM, Fundacion HOMS, Parker & Sons.
Unfortunately, many of you could not make it and we would like to share with everyone the photos from the event. Please click on the link below to view the event.