Center of Excellence

Center of Excellence Program

The Center of Excellence program recognizes clinicians and providers whose practice contributes to excellence in spinal health care. The National Spine Health Foundation Center of Excellence Award is conferred to an organization that advances the mission of the National Spine Health Foundation: improving spinal health care for all Americans through research, education and advocacy. All Center of Excellence award recipients provide exceptional spinal health care and are engaged in spinal research and patient advocacy. All Center of Excellence recipients are active participants in Spine-Talks™ to educate and advocate for patients. Awarding the Center of Excellence designation is done through a nomination process. To receive more information or to submit a nomination, please contact NSHF at

Center of Excellence Criteria:

1.) A medical practice or organization with a demonstrated passion for improving spinal health care through research, education, and patient advocacy.

2.) A medical practice or organization that is known for their excellence in spinal health care

3.) A medical practice or organization that promotes the Foundation’s purpose of improving lives through knowledge and hope. They actively contribute to Spine-Talks™ and engage with the Foundation’s activity.


What is the National Spine Health Foundation: NSHF is a 501(c)(3) patient centered non-profit focused on educating Americans about the promise of modern spinal health care to improve the lives of millions who suffer each year. We create unbiased educational information on all aspects of spinal health and wellness. We conduct clinical trials on operative and non-operative treatments to prove what works. Our mission is to improve lives through knowledge and hope so that they can return to their lives and loved ones.

What is Spine-Talks™: The National Spine Health Foundation launched Spine-Talks in 2019 as the premiere, one stop shop for patient information on all aspects of spinal health. Featuring the nation’s leading experts, Spine-Talks™ is reaching thousands of patients nationally and internationally through our web and social media outlets.

What is Spine-Online™: SpineOnline™ is the data registry research tool of the National Spine Health Foundation. Through the power of the cloud and big data, SpineOnline™ enables clinical studies of all sizes. In addition, multi-center studies are enabled through the tool functions.

What is We’ve Got Your Back RaceFor the past twelve years, the Spine Health Foundation has hosted the We’ve Got Your Back Race for Spinal Health and Wellness Festival. It is the nation’s largest celebration of spinal health. At the event, we recognize and honor all SpinalChampions™ who come out that day. In addition, we invite all youth attendees to be recognized as S.T.A.R.s (students taking action for research) with the opportunity of being named Teen of the Year for bringing the largest team or donation to the race in their age categories.

What is We’ve Got Your Back GalaOur largest fundraising event of the year is the We’ve Got Your Back Gala. The Gala celebrates the power of hope and recognizes SpinalChampions™. A SpinalChampion™ is a person who has overcome neck or back challenges through treatment. During the Gala, we present several awards: Spinal Champion™ Hero; a nationally recognized individual who has overcome spinal health challenges, Young Spinal Champion™ of the Year; a teen who has demonstrated leadership as a Spinal Champion™, Innovator of the Year; awarded in recognition of outstanding biomedical and scientific discovery, and finally the Beatty Champion of Hope Philanthropy Award; in recognition of we an outstanding donor or benefactor to NSHF. Finally, each year a Center of Excellence Award is named and presented.

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