May 16, 2018 —
Jaime A. Gomez, MD, recently co-led the Butterfly Foundation’s 2018 medical mission to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
This mission’s purpose is to perform and teach spinal deformity surgery in developing countries. Teams consist of academic spine deformity surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, technicians, and other support staff, who together educate local surgeons while providing complex care. This year, Dr. Gomez and his team performed procedures on 17 children with severe scoliosis, all of which were successful. To date, this mission has treated over 350 patients and provided tremendous educational opportunities.