January 2018



Joann Serafini Ross is a native of Albany, New York and holds a BA in Communications from SUNY, New Paltz, New York. Her varied and diverse career has been filled with hard work and great experiences, all culminating in her current leadership and mentoring roles.

Currently, Mrs. Serafini Ross owns and runs Shibumi Knoll Vineyards, located in St. Helen, CA, and HMI Cardinal, a manufacturing company headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky with over 600 employees. Originally purchased in 1970 by her late husband, Don Ross, HMI Cardinal began as Hoskin & Muir in 1946 and remains today the largest shower door manufacturer in the US with seven locations across the country.

Prior to his passing in 2016, the couple created Shibumi Knoll in 2013. The name Shibumi comes from their favorite book, which translates into the Japanese concept of “effortless perfection.” The vineyard produces 1,000 total cases of estate Cabernet, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir. The 2005 vintage of Chardonnay received the highest score of the decade for chardonnay with 97 points from the Wine Spectator, putting Shibumi Knoll on the map.

With an extensive career in advertising, marketing, sales and management . . . READ MORE


NMRF strives to increase community awareness and broaden the understanding of regenerative medicine, related treatments and scientific breakthroughs. We not only publish our own research findings, we are pleased to share related articles and news from around the world to further our mission.

  • On January 8, 2018, The Wall Street Journal ran an important article about current stem cell research in the U.S. The Napa Medical Foundation would like to share this with you, along with our comments. Please read in full here.


  • The Napa Valley Marketplace January 2018 issue features a very favorable and informative piece about the Napa Medical Research Foundation. We appreciate their coverage of our work and invite you to read the complete article.
During the last year, the Foundation laid important groundwork for the continued progress, and success, of our leading edge research and the advancement of minimally invasive techniques to diagnose and treat conditions of the spine, joints, nerves and tendons.
We are delighted to share some of these exciting accomplishments:
  • We moved into Suite 2C at The Wellness Center, integrating the NMRF offices with a state-of-the-art research lab and providing a welcoming space for NMRF Family and study participants, conveniently located down the hall from Bodor Clinic.
  • Director of Research, Dr. Marko Bodor, and his team, published 5 book chapters and 2 peer-reviewed journal articles, including a definitive history of Platelet Rich Plasma and careful critique of misrepresented research findings.
  • The NMRF Board of Directors experienced robust expansion with the addition of 5 new members. We invite you to read about their remarkable contributions to medicine, community, and business on our website.
  • Harry K. Genant, MD
  • Conrad Hewitt
  • Kenneth Novack
  • Joann Serafini Ross
  • Philip R. Weinstein, MD



The Napa Medical Research Foundation is privileged to share how the generosity of our community and Board of Directors has made our remarkable growth this last year possible.

Click Here for 2017 Allocation of Resources Chart

With Sincere Thanks!

We are grateful for the support of our Family, Patrons, Supporters and Friends and the dedication of our Board of Directors and Staff. Together we have made remarkable progress towards advancing regenerative medicine and minimally invasive medical treatments and procedures.

2017 Napa Medical Research Foundation Donors

The Development of a New Medical Technique: 15 years in the making

Innovations and breakthroughs can be the result of years’ worth of effort, multiple failures, and even happy accidents. For Dr. Marko Bodor, it was the driving need to ensure his patients were being diagnosed and treated in the most accurate, timely, effective and safe manner possible. It is why he took many years to develop, perfect, and ultimately prove the effectiveness of an ultrasound-guided injection technique with a 97% accuracy rate that does not require the use of radiation.
In 2003, Dr. Bodor started using ultrasound, together with electromyography and nerve conduction studies, for the diagnosis of peripheral nerve disorders, such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Musculoskeletal ultrasound offers a higher resolution image when compared to MRI when examining nerves, muscles, tendons, and ligaments located closer to the surface of the patient’s skin. A non-invasive procedure, ultrasound is a real-time imaging modality that allows for patient interaction – no sedatives, immobility, or fixed screen images.
At the time, the great experts in musculoskeletal ultrasound (US) were to be found in Europe. Paradoxically, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines were more expensive and less available than in the US, so leading physicians like Carlo Martinoli were capitalizing on the accessibility of ultrasound and creating a game changer for diagnosticians worldwide. Dr. Bodor traveled to Europe during this time to attend conferences to learn how to optimize this technology, befriending Martinoli and other leaders in the field.
Back in the US, Dr. Bodor and his colleagues at Mayo Clinic – Dr. Jay Smith included – were wholly embracing this technology. As the quality of ultrasound advanced exponentially between 2003 and 2010, Drs. Martinoli and Smith would become acclaimed experts with ultrasound in the realm of sports medicine with the diagnosis and treatment of peripheral joints, tendons, and ligaments. Dr. Bodor, whose focus was both sports medicine and the spine, would take the technology in a different direction.
By 2008, he would develop a new way of injecting the small joints in the neck – cervical facet joints – bringing musculoskeletal ultrasound to the world of the spine.
Considered the most common source of neck pain in older adults, cervical facet joints are relatively close to the skin, but are also close to major arteries and veins. Injections of anti-inflammatory or biologic treatments into the joint can greatly reduce pain and increase mobility for the patient, but to access the joint is tricky. Spine injections, then, and still in many places around the world today, are made with x-ray or fluoroscopic guidance. The advantage is that these imaging modalities see through soft tissues and bone. They also have two distinct disadvantages: the limitation of 2-dimensionality and the use of radiation.
Dr. Bodor wanted to make sure every patient left the office feeling better than when they walked in, and did not want for them to have to wait for an appointment with the hospital outpatient radiology department. Some patients might require more than one image to determine where the needle needed to be placed, how deep to go before hitting bone and causing the patient great discomfort, or the needle’s proximity to vital veins and arteries.
Drawing on his extensive experience with musculoskeletal ultrasound, he had the ability to conduct ultrasound imaging in his office – in real time, with no wait or visit to the hospital, and without radiation. Dr. Bodor could fully visualize the affected area while efficiently delivering the necessary medication directly into the joint.
Since then, he has performed over 10,000 such injections with a perfect safety record. Recently, he and his fellows completed the Cervical Facet Injection Study, comprising 60 consecutive cervical facet injections, read more here. They used fluoroscopy as an independent assessment of whether or not the flow of medication was in the joint or not. As judged by Naveen Murthy, MD, an independent radiologist from Mayo Clinic, 97% of the injections were shown to be definitely in the joint, outperforming the current success rate of 91% achieved through fluoroscopic guidance. A definitive paper on ultrasound guidance for cervical facet injections is currently being prepared to demonstrate this technique.
The Napa Medical Research Foundation is honored to serve the medical community by ensuring the broad sharing of this technique so that others may improve the delivery of their healthcare to people across the country, and around the world. We look forward to sharing this publication with you in the coming months.

2018: Continue Studies, Expand the Foundation + Initiate Projects


Preliminary Goals and Objectives
  • Develop a minimally-invasive procedure to alleviate pain associated with ulnar neuropathy.
  • Increase awareness and educate the community about the benefits of regenerative medicine.
  • Establish vital protocols for cell concentrations and injectate composition.
  • Investigate non-surgical treatments to address ACL tears in pediatric and young adult patients.
  • provide access for select physically at-risk community members to receive leading edge treatments.
  • Determine the efficacy of regenerative therapies vs. surgery to heal hip labrum tears.
  • Continue to expand the reach and performance of the Foundation.
We are excited for this new year and all the promise it holds as we continue our work in support of Dr. Bodor’s innovative and important research.
With your help, we will continue to advance less costly, less invasive medical treatments and help to improve quality of life for the people in our community, and around the world.

February 2019 Newsletter

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The Latest News: MAY 2018

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The Latest News: October 2017

WELCOME HARRY GENANT Harry K. Genant, MD, is Professor Emeritus of the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Genant currently serves as a Senior Consultant, and past Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman Emeritus of BioClinica-Synarc, Inc., a global...

The Latest News: August 2017

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The Latest News: June 2017

WELCOME CONRAD HEWITT A Napa resident for over 20 years, Mr. Hewitt has been involved in helping hospitals, clinics, educational and financial institutions for many years. He brings extensive leadership experience and financial and community involvement skills to the...


WELCOME TO THE BOARD DR. WEINSTEIN We are delighted to announce that Dr. Phil Weinstein, renowned neurosurgeon, has joined the NMRF Board of Directors. Professor Emeritus of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UCSF, he is a leader in the field of diagnosis and...


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All the research conducted through the Napa Medical Research Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is fully funded through generous donations received from individuals and family foundations.

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