San Diego Spine Foundation



2017 Annual Report Available

2017 Annual Report CoverAnother year of pursuing the Foundation's research goals led to our presentations at meeting around the world. SDSF Founder Behrooz A. Akbarnia was honored to deliver the Harrington Lecture at the SRS meeting in Prague, Czech Republic.

Members of our faculty traveled once again to Christus Muguerza Hospital in Monterrey, Mexico to deliver advanced care to children in need, as well as training and inspiration for local surgeons.

This year we're personalizing the stories of Jack and of Florence to give our readers a true sense of how we can affect and improve the lives of individuals with spinal  conditions and deformities.

Our mission is ongoing and the need does not decline. We invite you to download our 2017 Annual Report and ask that you consider the Foundation as a part of your annual charitable donation. 

Download 2017 Annual Report Here


SAVE THE DATE!!  SDSF will plan to hold it's 2019 San Diego Spine Visiting Professorship Meeting on Friday, July 26, 2019. We will again feature both adult and pediatric spine-based Visiting professors and faculty.  Details to be announced in the near future.

SDSF recently held its 2018 San Diego Spine Visiting Professorship on July 27, 2018 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines Hotel.  This year, our Visiting Professors were Paul D. Sponseller, MD, MBA, FAOA from Johns Hopkins University, and James S. Harrop, MD, FACS from Jefferson Medical College.  In addition to these internationally known VPs, our program included faculty from Southern California including the Irvine and Los Angeles regions.  We would like to thank all our Exhibitors, who helped to support this meeting, which is offered at no charge to all area wide San Diego spine care providers.  

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A big congratulations to Pooria Hosseini, MD, M.Sc., who has just departed SDSF in the role of Research Fellow, to begin his training at St. Louis University (SLU) in the General Surgery Department.  We are so proud of all the tremendous research work Pooria has done for the betterment of patient care.  With special thanks to SLU, SDSF will send Pooria to the 2018 Scoliosis Research Society Annual Meeting in Bologna, Italy to present one of his latest papers, which has been nominated for the SRS Hibbs Best Clinical Paper Award.  Congratulations Pooria!

Pooria Hosseini 2017  

SDSF is pleased to announce our future fellows for 2019-2020: Ryan Hoel, MD from University of Minnesota and Ruwan Ratnayake, MD from University of California at Davis.  Both new fellows will begin their training on August 1, 2019.  We are so pleased to add them to our SDSF Family!

Ryan Hoel MD  Ruwan Ratnayake MD

After SDSF Research Volunteer Areian Eghbali of UCSD was awarded a prestigious invitation to attend and present his SDSF-based research at Harvard College, Areian has subsequently been awarded a slot in the NIH Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research for 2018.  Areian is a co-author of a SRS Hibbs Award Best Clinical Paper nomination for 2018. Mr. Eghbali is currently applying for medical school and we support him wholeheartedly.

SDSF was honored to host the inaugural meeting of the San Diego Spine Initiative Group late January 2018. The Group's purpose is to initiate new research and education programs.  Since that time, the group is planning to move forward with this historic area wide study group, having had its most recent meeting in late May 2018. Work continues with spine physicians from many of San Diego's institutions and hospitals and SDSF looks forward to the first report with the goal of improving patient care.

Congratulations to Dr. Gregory M. Mundis, Jr. for receiving the prestigious Scripps Clinic / Scripps Medical Group 2017 Department of Surgery Chairman’s Award for Excellence in Research.


Our Mission

To Foster Excellence in Education, Research and Outreach Related to the Care of Patients with Spinal Disorders, their Families and the Medical Community.

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Our Vision

Building Bridges in the Spine Community

Spine Fellowships

Fellowship training is critical to the advancement of spinal care. The Foundation supports the San Diego Spine Fellowship program. All participating surgeons in the program are nationally recognized specialists in both non-operative and operative spine care.

For physicians seeking information about applying for the Fellowship program, please Learn More Here.