Mission & History

Established in 2002 and headquartered in Reston, VA, the Spinal Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to improving spinal health through research, education, and patient advocacy.  We support those impacted by spinal injuries and disorders by offering a multi-faceted approach that addresses the needs of patients as they work to regain their health and quality of life.


Over the past 13 years, SRF has dedicated over 50,000 hours to research for the purpose of driving innovation and proving the effectiveness of surgical and non-surgical treatments.  We’ve built a national network of distinguished partners, consisting of the nation’s leading spine, orthopedic, and research practices.  Through our research, we are proving what works – opening the door for patients to receive the most effective treatments and achieve the best possible outcomes.


SRF brings together patient experiences, medical expertise, and research findings to offer much needed support to patients as they embark on their spinal health journey.  We capture the issues, challenges, and obstacles that patients face and use our expertise to provide meaningful, accessible information to prevent injuries, help patients achieve improved spinal health, strengthen provider-patient relationships and reduce uncertainty and anxiety.


The journey to spinal health is not one that can be made alone. The Spinal Research Foundation brings together patients and the nation’s leading spine experts to drive unique patient support initiatives.  Our efforts empower patients to take an active role in their healthcare, help them become self-advocates, and provide cutting-edge research and information they can use to make informed decisions and communicate effectively with their healthcare team.