The team

Meet the Mission:BRAIN team


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In 2011, doctors Michael Lawton and Alfredo Quiñones, partnered to take a group of volunteers to the public hospital in Guadalajara, Mexico.


Every instrument and dollar add to help bring treatment and care to those who need it most.


To provide patients in need with access to advanced neurosurgical procedures and to educate providers on advancements in neurosurgical technique and care.


Mission:BRAIN (Bridging Resources and Advancing International Neurosurgery) is a nonprofit organization with the goal of providing neurosurgical expertise and resources to patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers in underserved areas throughout the world.

In 2011 Dr. Alfredo Quiñones and Dr. Michael Lawton and their team made a trip to Guadalajara, Mexico upon the invitation of Dr. Rodrigo Ramos-Zuniga.  During that trip those involved realized the need and the potential for such partnerships to advance neurosurgical care in less developed areas. More trips followed and the organization evolved over the next few years to develop educational partnerships throughout Mexico, which included participation in the Sociedad de Cirugía Neurológica De Occidenta, Mexico’s national Congress of Neurological Surgery conference. More neurosurgeons also joined including Dr. George Jallo and Dr. Theodore Schwartz. It cemented the mission focus of the organization: direct neurosurgical care, education and empowerment. 

In 2014, Mission:BRAIN collaborated with Dr. Gerardo Legaspi of the Philippine General Hospital in Manila to provide neurosurgical treatment to complex cerebrovascular diseases to some of their neediest patients as well as conduct symposia for physicians, nurses and support staff, including conducting the first bypass course in the country. The organization has been going to the Philippines since providing advanced training including speech and motor awake mapping for brain tumor resection with Dr. Mitchel Berger.

Last year the organization added one more partnership in Mexico City at Hospital Juarez de Mexico and continued to expand its team with a total of six physicians altogether providing both surgical care and participation at the Congress of Neuroscience. It also collaborated with other nonprofits in an effort to provide much needed neurosurgical care in Mirebalais, Haiti, where with a population of 10 million, the country only has two neurosurgeons both of whom only practice in the capital of Port Au Prince.

As more locations and partnerships are identified, Mission:BRAIN continues to be inspired by the enthusiasm and commitment of its supporters and collaborators but also realizes the increasing need for resources and support.  There is much work to be done, but just as our brain is made up of multitudes of neurons connected together, Mission:BRAIN is made up of many amazing individuals working together to help change the world.

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