FREMISS Global Aid Program for Surgeons and Patients
It is through the Foundation for Research and Education in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (FREMISS) that global aid is provided. The FREMISS Global Aid program is designed to benefit not only surgeons, but also patients in these under privileged regions of the world.
- FREMISS works with local organizations to identify the needs and create a structure that will be most beneficial to the needs of the individuals, surgeons and patients in the region.
- Surgeons attend didactic sessions, lectures and live surgical workshops where they enhance their knowledge and skill.
- Underprivileged and needy patients benefit from surgical camps where they receive free treatment from experienced spine surgeons who demonstrate their knowledge and techniques to other surgeons who learn during these camps.
In May 2017, Dr. Anand traveled to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai, India to participate in the second annual Operative Spine Forum in association with the East West Medical Research Charitable Trust. Dr. Anand conducted several free surgeries for marginalized patients in need of expert medical care for their spinal conditions. These surgeries were broadcasted via live feed to conference rooms full of orthopedic surgeons and aspiring medical students.
Through the Trust and generous donations to the FREMISS foundation, the patients received cutting edge treatment at no cost. Dr. Anand was fortunate to have the opportunity to follow up with one of the patients he treated at last year’s Operative Spine Forum. The patient is a 21-year-old woman, who underwent a minimally invasive scoliosis reconstruction, by Dr. Anand in May 2016. One year later, she is doing incredibly well and quite satisfied with the results of her surgery.
In addition to surgery, Dr. Anand lectured on advances in the lateral lumbar interbody fusion technique as well as the minimally invasive percutaneous pedicle screw technique for treatment of spinal deformities.
Dr. Anand has established the Foundation for Research and Education in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery (FREMISS). FREMISS is devoted to improving the health of patients with spinal disorders by advancing the highest quality minimally invasive spinal care. The organization will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, expertise, and goodwill that fosters continuous education, outcome-based research and surgical care.
FREMISS embraces the following altruistic and charitable objectives:
- To establish a minimally invasive spine surgery fellowship program to educate and train spine surgeons to perform safe and efficacious minimally invasive spinal procedures.
- To provide unbiased, outcome-based information relevant to minimally invasive spine surgery for all healthcare providers and the public at large through research.
- To provide global surgical aid to underprivileged patients in countries where advanced spinal procedures are not available.