Operation Backbone provides crucial brain & spine surgical treatments for the most severely wounded active duty & veterans who need an accelerated substitute to their current care options. Post strength, mental & physical training provided by (NHL) Buffalo Sabres.

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“The Buffalo Sabres are proud to play a key role in providing Operation Backbone the much needed support to our country’s active duty soldiers and veterans. Working hand in hand with surgeons from Jacobs Vascular Institute (JVI), the Buffalo Sabres are proud to support Operation Backbone and its world wide mission.”

Buffalo Sabres

“The Boston Bruins are proud to announce our partnership with Operation Backbone.  Providing support to the Veterans who have served our country is incredibly important and we are excited to support this program.”

Charlie Jacobs

Chief Executive Officer & Alternate Governor, Boston Bruins

“Operation Backbone not only provides crucial brain & spine surgical treatments for severely wounded active duty & veterans but also goes deeper ensuring family support and participation, healing wounds that no surgery can mend”.

Dr. Ben Carson

Surgeon, Philanthropist, Journalist

Rep. Brian Higgins

Rep. Brian Higgins

Rep. Brian Higgins recognizes Operation Backbone on the floor of Congress

“Proud to support & be a part of Operation Backbone.”

Joe Mantegna


Below is a snapshot of the most severely wounded active duty and veterans we work with. This is why Operation Backbone was created.

“I was hit by a massive suicide car bomb on Route Irish in Baghdad, Iraq on – AUG 2005.  I made it back to our MSS site, which was just around the corner and everyone was already running out to help.  Initially, I thought that I was Ok, but I hurt all over.  Then, within about 30 minutes large lumps began appearing on my right side, from my neck down my back, which looked like a golf ball cut in half and stuck to my skin.  My right arm also seized up and curled up next to my body and was largely frozen there.  The surgeons at our MSS site used a combination of injections into the nerve bundles and muscle relaxants to keep it under control, and we didn’t think it was that bad.  They asked me if I wanted to be evacuated, but I refused, because I wouldn’t leave my men while we were fighting.  So, the surgeons continued treating me like this until we returned to the US.  Shortly thereafter, I collapsed after standing up from a chair, and I felt two lightning bolts go down my legs and I hit the ground and couldn’t speak.”


“Being part of Operation Backbone now provides me the chance to give back and serve our men and women who have stood fast year after year to protect this great nation.”

Pat Lafontaine

NHL Hall of Fame

“Seeing the talent, dedication & commitment of Operation Backbone for our soldiers around the world makes me proud to be part of such an outstanding team.”

Tony Danza


“Being able to be a part of something like this is special.  I am more than happy to do whatever I can to help out somebody who served our country and makes it possible for me to do what I do on the ice.”

Patrick Kaleta

Right Wing, Buffalo Sabres

Harbor Center

Harbor Center

Harbor Center is a proud supporter of Operation Backbone


JetBlue is a proud supporter of Operation Backbone
Columbia College

Columbia College

Columbia College and Operation Backbone
Patriot Voices

Patriot Voices

Patriot Voices announces partnership with Operation Backbone
The Thayer Leader Development Group At WEST POINT, NY

Thayer Leader Development Group

The Thayer Leader Development Group At WEST POINT, NY. Supports Operation Backbone
Uncle Sams

Uncle Sam's Army Navy Outfitters

Uncle Sam’s is a proud supporter of Operation Backbone
Buffalo Lodging

Buffalo Lodging

Proud Supporter “Operation Backbone’s work with active duty men and women, veterans and their families is truly inspiring. They have assembled a very talented team of experts, and we are thrilled to be part of such a great organization that is giving back to our wounded soldiers.”

“Operation Backbone provides more than just brain & spine surgical care, it provides family care and respect.”

Lt. C CDR Kim Mitchell

Navy Veteran

“Working on top ranked professional athletes is my passion, working with our brave men and women in our armed forces is an honor. Proud to be part of Operation Backbone.”

Dr. Maroon, M.D. FACS

Professor & Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery & Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Team neurosurgeon, Pittsburgh Steelers, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Medical Director WWE, Pittsburgh Steelers

“WE could think of no better organization to provide our expertise & services for the men and women who sacrifice so much for this great country, that’s why we are proud to be part of Operation Backbone.”

Efstathios Papavassiliou

Co Director, The Spine Center at BIDMC, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Harvard Medical School

“When it comes to Operation Backbone for neurosurgical care, the surgeons at University at Buffalo Neurosurgery offer comprehensive expertise. From stroke to spine care, our team uses state-of-the-art technology in a world class facility to provide unparalleled care for patients with trauma, tumors, vascular disease, and spinal problems.”

Kenneth Snyder, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiology, and Neurology, State University of New York at Buffalo

“I’ve had the good fortune of being involved with many start-ups in my career but nothing that can have an impact quite like this. Operation Backbone will really take shape here in Buffalo, in part through the efforts of the Sabres. My hope and belief is that it won’t be long before all NHL clubs recognize the benefits of Operation Backbone for their own communities.”

Brian Duff

Broadcast Host, Buffalo Sabres TV, VP, Board of Directors - Alix Rice Peace Park Foundation

“Operation Backbone is an inspirational organization committed to the care of wounded soldiers. A premier level of expertise is offered for the treatment of a broad spectrum of spinal disorders using state of the art imaging, diagnostic, and operative technologies. I am proud to be on the advisory board for this organization.”

Timothy F. Witham, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Orthopaedic Surgery Director, John Hopkins

L5 spondylolysis

Anterior Lumbar Fusion

Coned down lateral radiograph of the lumbar spine demonstrates bilateral L5 spondylolysis and associated grade 1 L5-S1 anterolisthesis
1.5 Tesla MRI scanner

MRI Scanner

1.5 Tesla MRI scanner from Siemens that uses Tim4G platform for collaboration Operation Backbone, with Dr. Mikityansky, MD, MPH, NY. Software:Siemens Verio 3 Tesla scanner using the 20 direction DTI sequence and visualized using Seimens DTI Software.


MRI OF THE CERVICAL SPINE WITHOUT CONTRAST: Right occipital headache and limited range of motion in the cervical spine.

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