The mission of the Foundation for Surgical Innovation and Education is: To support quality in research and education in the field of Minimally Invasive Surgery
The Foundation for Surgical Innovation and Education (The Foundation) was formed in Oregon in 2009 as a fully licensed 501 C-3 corporation. Its creation was stimulated by its founder’s recognition that for surgeons today to provide safe, quality healthcare for their patients there needs to be an ongoing investment in research into new, less invasive therapies and education of medical practitioners in the application of these innovative approaches.
In the past the cost of promoting this mission was borne by federal grants or support from academic medical institutions. Unfortunately both of these resources are increasingly scarce and difficult to access. The medical industry is an invaluable contributor to education and procedural development but they too are under increasingly tight constraints – both political and financial. This has led to a current situation where funding for innovative research and educational efforts is episodic and unpredictable which, in turn, makes it difficult to achieve the continuity needed to achieve meaningful research or plan educational opportunities.
The Foundation offers an opportunity to fund deserving research and education efforts in a non-biased and scientific manner in order to permit predictability and stability in these otherwise challenging times. The Foundation commits to managing these funds with a minimum of administrative cost in order to maximize the amounts of money available to the Foundation’s mission.
Financial contributions to the foundation come from surgeons involved in the field of Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS), appreciative patients, Industry interested in supporting education, developing enabling technologies or new procedures or other entities interested in our mission. The Board of The Foundation is composed of recognized leaders in surgery from across the United States. They are fully committed to the mission of The Foundation and will insure its scientific integrity and purpose.
To maintain the quality of care within today’s environment, surgeons must work vigorously to arm themselves with advanced medical technology and make great efforts in developing competency for curing illnesses without introducing surgical errors. This can only be accomplished thru surgical education and research.