About Us


SpineHope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing advanced medical treatment to underprivileged children around the world. We assemble volunteer teams of qualified surgeons and medical staff to provide state-of-the-art medical treatment to children who otherwise may not receive modern treatments for their spinal deformities or other complex spinal, orthopedic or neurological conditions. Our goals are to help correct spinal deformities to improve quality of life, alleviate pain and, when possible, prevent paralysis. We also strongly believe that in order to provide sustainable local care to these children, it is part of our mission to help educate and train local hospital staff on advanced procedures and post-op care. SpineHope programs include our Global Outreach Programs, focused on coordinating medical mission trips abroad to perform surgical procedures, hold clinic hours to evaluate and treat patients, and to conduct education conferences for local hospital staff. Additionally, we offer a U.S. Hub Program that brings children to the United States for surgery, treatment and recovery. About SpineHope Info Sheet

  • MissionProfile Picture
    • SpineHope transforms the lives of children worldwide through surgery, education, and research.
  • Vision
    • Every child with spinal deformity has an opportunity at a normal life.
  • Goals
    • Surgery-Based:
      • Provide life-transforming surgical care to children around the world in need of treatment for their spine deformity.
      • Bring select children that are unable to be treated in their home countries to the USA for surgical treatment.
    • Education-Based:
      • Provide on-going training with partnering spine surgeons and hospital staff abroad in advanced techniques and safety protocols.
    • Research-Based:
      • Gather clinical information to formulate a registry and database of information to better study the complex spine disorders prevalent in our patients.
  • History
      • Though SpineHope was founded in 2008, the mission work of the foundation has origins that go back to 2001. During the earlier years the Colombia program was headed by Dr. Steve Mardjetko through Chicago’s Shriner’s Hospital. In 2008 Dr. Matthew Geck initiated steps to formalize the program in Colombia and founded SpineHope.
      • Since 2001 over 400 surgeries have been performed to help patients suffering from various spinal deformities and conditions.