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Charitable Giving


The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the orthopaedic spine surgery division support The Johns Hopkins University’s tripartite mission to provide patient care, education and research. Gifts from our donors (people like you) help us make significant discoveries in the laboratory and apply the results in the clinic.

Some people donate to Johns Hopkins as a way of saying thank you for the care they received. Others give because they want to accelerate development of a cure or treatment regimen. Your gift could support a specific initiative, enable us to purchase a piece of highly specialized equipment or help a researcher create the next breakthrough. Donations of any amount are welcome.


How to Donate


To make a gift or pledge online, please complete our secure online giving form and designate your gift to "Orthopaedic Spine Research Fund."

Over the Phone

To speak to someone directly about making a gift, please call 410-955-6936.


Mail your giving form to:

Spine Outcomes Research Center
Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
601 N. Caroline St., #5244
Baltimore, MD 21287


Research Projects and Resources for the Future

Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery and Techniques

Our research seeks to refine surgical techniques; to develop better, safer pain control methods; and to follow relevant outcomes (what happens to patients) after minimally invasive spine surgery.

Specific need: $25,000+ for personnel and supplies

Management of Vertebral Compression Fractures

There is considerable debate regarding whether kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty is the optimal method to manage vertebral compression fractures. Our research seeks to design and implement a definitive study to compare the issues related to patient safety, pain control and return to function after kyphoplasty or vertebroplasty.

Specific need: $50,000+ for personnel and supplies

Spine Infection

We are investigating optimal ways to detect, treat and prevent infections associated with surgical spine treatment.

Specific need: $25,000+ for personnel and supplies

Spine Outcomes Research Database

We seek to establish and maintain a database to track patients after spine surgery to improve our knowledge of the natural history, pathologic features and treatment of disc degeneration, spinal osteoporosis and spinal deformity.

Specific needs are:

  • $75,000 annually for database manager
  • $10,000 annually for statistical expertise
  • $10,000 for software development

Spine Radiographic Imaging Database

We seek to establish and maintain an imaging database to track patients after spine surgery to improve our knowledge of the radiographic features and response to treatment of disc degeneration, spinal osteoporosis and spinal deformity.

Specific needs are:

  • $50,000 for laboratory equipment
  • $50,000 annually for research technologist
  • $15,000 for software development

Faculty Development

Clinical Outcomes Research Professorship

Establishment of this professorship allows a faculty member to receive financial support and have protected time to concentrate on the specific aims of his or her research.

This endowed position provides annual interest income to support the faculty member’s research.

Specific need: $2.5 million to create and endow a professorship

Clinical Outcomes Research Associate Professorship

The establishment of an associate professorship allows a newer faculty member protected time to begin or advance his or her research career.

The faculty member would hold this professorship until appointed a full professor. Then another associate professor would be nominated for the associate professorship.

Specific need: $1 million to create and endow an assistant professorship

Research Personnel

Postdoctoral Fellow Clinical Research Training Grants

Training grants allow the selected individuals to dedicate two years to learning methods and techniques to design and conduct clinical research in order to develop an independent research career.

Specific need: $240,000 to provide two years of funding for each fellow

Research Coordinator

This position is vital to the success of any clinical research endeavor. The coordinator manages the day-to-day workings of a clinical research study and conducts interviews and assessments. The coordinator also helps faculty members and clinical research fellows develop and implement clinical research projects. This includes data collection for manuscripts, which is necessary for grant submissions to the National Institute of Health and its affiliates.

Specific need: $70,000 for each year of support

Summer Student Training

Our center provides a unique opportunity for summer students (college, graduate or medical) to develop clinical research skills and to learn how to answer basic questions related to the orthopaedic spine. This experience can be instrumental in stimulating a continued career in scientific investigation.

Specific need: $5,000 per student for training and supplies for one summer

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