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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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“Buffalo Sabres play a key role in Operation Backbone’s post brain, spine, and strength rehabilitation. Working hand in hand with surgeons from Jacobs Vascular Institute (JVI), the Buffalo Sabres will offer strength and nutritional training at their state-of-the-art training facility at First Niagara Center.”

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


“4.5 years ago I injured my right arm.  I was told it was a hyper extended sprain, given naproxan and sent back to work. I have gone through PT several times, OT x 2, tens units, chiro for 4.5 yrs for relief for a day or two, and from Aug of 2014 to 2nd week in Nov I have had a total of 27 shots in my shoulder, neck, forearm, elbow and back to no eval. This consisted of : Novocaine, nerve blocker, litacane without any results.


In the 4 months that I have spent with Mike and his team from Operation Backbone the results have pleased me greatly. My pain level has dropped from a constant 8-9 and sometimes a 10 down to a 7-8 in a period of a month. I have been driving the shuttle bus with my left hand/arm only for the last 18 months, now I am getting back my range of motion in my right arm and attitude is getting better.


VA had me on : Naproxan, 7.5 Hydrocodone, Acetaminophen, and Oxycodone.


I would also like to add that I am also taking quetiaptine and bupropion for PTSD anger management. But the meds that I am taking for the pain from my injury can be substituted in place of the other drugs being taken for PTSD without side effects. Thats 2 for price of 1…not bad. These drugs are Gabapentin 600mg and duloxetine HCL dr 60 mg.


It can only get better.


I was passed around and not to gracefully for 4.5 years in the VA medical system. The same test, same type MRI and X rays were taken along with alot more test.


Mikes people did same test and MRI without everything else and had an diagnosis in a month plus with my pain reduced. They also did not try to make me think it was phantom pain or that I was a hypochondriac.. they listened with empathy.


Thank you so much OPERATION BACKBONE what a service you are providing!”


“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.




Right occipital headache and limited range of motion in the cervical spine.

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