The Parekh Family Foundation—Educating Over Seas!
09 Apr 2014

Selene G. Parekh, MD, MBA, has dedicated his life to empowering healthcare professionals around the globe and handing them the tools necessary for success. Dr. Parekh has implemented multiple outlets for his colleagues and for future healthcare professionals to cultivate education, medical research, and procedural advancements.

After experiencing an extensive education, along with a one-year Healthcare Entrepreneurship Fellowship at the Wharton School of Business, Dr. Parekh established the “Business of Orthopaedics” conference; the first of its kind in the United States. The conference is an academic course that provides business education to future physicians and healthcare professionals. The conference discusses a wide span topics; including practice management, product development and entrepreneurship, personal financial management, and leadership and negotiations.

In the year 2010, Dr. Parekh and his wife organized and founded the Indo-US Foot and Ankle Meeting, which is held every January in India. The meeting includes an international faculty who operate on impoverished patients in India, while simultaneously teaching over one hundred Indian orthopaedic surgeons about the best practices and novel techniques for the care of foot and ankle patients.

With the humanitarian mission to give back to his field of expertise, Dr. Parekh and his wife also formed the Research Triangle Park Orthopaedic Society (RTPOS). The RTPOS functions to foster education and camaraderie amongst practicing orthopaedic surgeons in the community, residents in training, and the fellows at Duke, UNC, and Wake Forest. RTPOS hosts key opinion leaders who are invited on a monthly basis to teach orthopaedic surgeons in the RTP area about the latest trends and treatments in orthopaedic surgery.

All of this has been made possible due to the ideals and values of his parents, Gunvant and Bharati Parekh, who were also great believers in education, hard work, and discipline. In great honor of them, Dr. Parekh is a Co-Founder of The Parekh Family Foundation; alongside his sister, Zankhna Parekh. The Parekh Family Foundation is a non-profit, private operating foundation, which functions to improve the quality of life for individuals globally; supporting education, research, and missionary medical aid to those who need healthcare within the United States and abroad.

To learn more about The Parekh Family Foundation and improve the quality of life for patients around the world, please visit parekhfamilyfoundation.org.

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The Butterfly Foundation:  Creating Third World Caterpillars into Beautiful Butterflies
09 Apr 2014

All around the world, children are suffering from spinal deformities.  Some are inherited, some are due to trauma, disease, abuse, or neglect.  Either way, these children do not have the medical resources needed to help correct this devastating problem. People in third world countries just do not have enough manpower and trained orthopedic staff to help correct these issues.

Established in 2003, The Butterfly Foundation (Fundacion Mariposa in Spanish) is dedicated to not only fixing spinal deformity, but training others to do it as well.  Dr. Andrew Moulton, based out of Westchester Medical Center in Hawthorne, New York, was inspired to form the foundation to help people complete the metamorphosis needed to live again- much like that of a caterpillar into a butterfly.

So far, the Foundation has traveled to the Dominican Republic (native country of Dr. Moulton’s wife), Africa, Japan, Chile, Malawi, and Vietnam.  Vietnam in particular was challenging for Dr. Moulton, as the main method of transportation is moped, without helmet.  Injuries were widespread, and difficult to prevent.  Thanks to this and diseases caused by poor nutrition, many of the resident’s spines have not developed correctly. One of Dr. Moulton’s most memorable patients was a Vietnamese monk, whose spine was collapsing due to tuberculosis.  Meanwhile, in the Dominican Republic, Dr. Moulton and his team worked with many scoliosis patients, using titanium alloy and very delicate surgical procedures to repair these types of curvatures.  The rate of scoliosis versus that of the United States is 2:1, without the braces and other types of treatment Americans have access to.

Not only are the physical ramifications of this type of work beneficial to the patient, but it is also a huge boost to one’s self-esteem. Many growing children feel freakish when their body betrays them and they cannot grow like others.  Due to the efforts of Dr. Moulton and his team, a state-of-the-art operating hospital has been established in the Dominican Republic, so the work of the Butterfly Foundation can carry on, even when Dr. Moulton is in another country doing his good work. The program is being promoted through the North American Spine Society, of which Dr. Moulton is Former President.  A popular media presence, the Butterfly Foundation has been featured in Orthopedics Today, Westchester Health and Life, and the Dominican Times; among other press.

To find out more about this unique organization, please visit The Butterfly Foundation:  Creating new butterflies with each new surgery!