Endowment Created in Memory of UOI Spine Surgeon, Dr. Mark Palumbo

After receiving a commitment of $1.5 million from anonymous donors, University Orthopedics, Inc. announced the creation of an endowment in honor of the extraordinary legacy left by the late Dr. Mark Palumbo.

The Mark Palumbo, MD Endowment for Spinal Surgery Research and Education will help ensure Dr. Palumbo’s passion for medicine, teaching, and research will continue to flourish here in Rhode Island by providing financial support, in perpetuity, toward the clinical and academic mission of the Department of Orthopaedics at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.

“Dr. Palumbo was not just a colleague; he was my friend and mentor. He dedicated his life to providing his patients with world-class, compassionate care, inspiring the surgeons and residents he taught, and advancing the art of spine surgery through research,” said Dr. Alan Daniels, Chief of The Center for Spine Health at University Orthopedics. “It is incredibly rewarding to know that the endeavors of this caring, thoughtful man and skilled surgeon will continue to thrive thanks to the creation of this endowment.”

The endowment will support both translational research efforts by our staff and the educational initiatives of the University Orthopedic Spine Division.

“These funds will help identify new models of care delivery, building on the significant basic science advances championed by Dr. Palumbo, and ultimately influencing orthopedic innovations at the regional, national, and international level that improve the quality and outcomes of patient care,” said Dr. Daniels, who also serves as Chief of Brown University’s Orthopedic Spine Division.

Examples of activities impacting clinical outcomes include the development of:

  • Novel clinical care models focused on optimizing patient safety and decreasing complications
  • Innovative patient applications of new (and existing) technology
  • Pioneering surgical procedures in the field of adult and pediatric spine surgery

Mark Palumbo Memorial University Orthopedics 5K

The Mark Palumbo Memorial University Orthopedics 5K is named in honor of Dr. Mark Palumbo, a renowned spine surgeon who passed away in September 2019. He was not only a beloved member of the University Orthopedics family, but he was also a highly regarded pillar of the community. 

The 5K raises money for The Tomorrow Fund, a non-profit organization that provides financial and emotional support for children being treated for cancer at Hasbro Children’s Hospital, as well as their families. The Palumbo family has supported The Tomorrow Fund and held active roles with the Providence, RI-based charity for many years.