About Us

The National Spine Health Foundation is the only patient-centered nonprofit dedicated to helping patients overcome debilitating spinal conditions and take back their lives.

Improving Spinal Health Care through Education, Research, & Patient Advocacy

Founded over 20 years ago by Dr. Thomas Schuler, the National Spine Health Foundation is a patient-centered, nonprofit organization focused on patient education, award-winning research and patient advocacy. Our mission is to empower patients to protect their spine health and take back their lives from debilitating spinal conditions. We give patients the tools they need to make informed decisions about their spine health and navigate their own treatment journeys with confidence. We believe patients deserve real solutions, real answers and real hope.

Our History

The National Spine Health Foundation was co-founded in 2002 by Dr. Thomas Schuler. Noting rapid evolutions in spinal healthcare due to advancements in both medicine and technology, Dr. Schuler realized there needed to be a national organization to raise awareness of the success of modern spinal treatments.

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Medical and Scientific Board

We have convened an outstanding Medical and Scientific Board comprising the nation’s top spine surgeons, all recognized leaders in the field. Members of our Board also serve in top leadership roles at the most prestigious professional societies. These world-renowned experts are pioneers in the most important research and innovations in spinal health care.

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Financial Information

The National Spine Health Foundation is dedicated to responsibly raising funds to support our transformative education, advocacy and research program, working to improve spinal healthcare for all Americans.

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Working to educate Americans about the treatments and cures for neck and back pain, the National Spine Health Foundation is committed to proving what works, driving innovation, and improving lives through knowledge and hope. We support policies and initiatives that offer much needed support to patients as they embark on their journey to spinal health.

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Our Team

The National Spine Health Foundation’s leadership is committed to improving spinal health care through education, research, and patient advocacy and improving lives through knowledge and hope. The staff and Board of Directors are dedicated to the vision and purpose of the Foundation.

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We want patients to have every resource they need. Here are a few of the things we offer on an ongoing basis. In this list, you’ll find a variety of media because we know people like to consume information in different ways. Whether it’s a podcast, a magazine, an article or a video interview, we are here to serve patients in every way we can. From tips and tricks to surgeon expertise and patient stories, we’ve got you covered!

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