Drs. Wijesekera, Russo treat scoliosis patients in the Dominican Republic

For more than a decade, Dr. Shirvinda Wijesekera has been traveling the globe with World Spine Outreach and Butterfly Foundation to treat patients with scoliosis.

With the goal of providing high quality care to the most profoundly severe cases, and teaching local physicians and medical staff, these organizations bring state-of-the-art orthopaedic techniques, expertise, and technology where it’s needed most. This year, Dr. Wijesekera, accompanied by Dr. Glenn Russo, surgically treated 21 patients in the Dominican Republic.

“Without corrections, their deformities would progress, leaving them disfigured and unable to participate in society and live a normal life,” said Dr. Wijesekera. “They are wonderful patients and are deeply appreciative. It is one of the most satisfying things I am lucky to be a part of.”