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 management of cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine conditions and diseases. Weinstein completed his internship and residency at UCSF, He was a neurosurgeon at Loma Linda University Medcial Center and the University of Arizona before returning to UCSF in 1992.


Of special importance to the Foundation is Dr. Weinstein’s significant research into the molecular biology and magnetic resonance imaging characteristics of unique processes that may help to attain functional restoration of blood flow and nerve activity following brain and spine injuries. Board certified in neurological surgery, Dr. Weinstein has contributed approximately 200 articles to peer-reviewed journals and authored over 60 book chapters during his career.

Regenerative Medicine for Muscle and Ligament Problems: Technical aspects and evidence

By Sean Colio MD, Matthew McAuliffe MD, Yvette Uribe BA, and Marko Bodor MD



Interest in regenerative medicine for treating musculoskeletal pathology has grown tremendously over the past decade. Part of its appeal lies in the ability to use a patient’s own cells to potentially heal acute and chronic injuries. While evidence grows supporting its use in certain injuries, a perception exists that regenerative medicine may be a panacea. In this article, we review the evidence for platelet-rich plasma and bone marrow aspirate concentrate in treating muscle, ligament, and fibrocartilage injuries. We also offer our own practice experiences and technical considerations in the uses of these techniques.



Reaching the Next Level in “Minimally Invasive”


While we really cannot pinpoint its origins, we do understand the field of minimally invasive medicine is ancient. For centuries, it has been the aim of doctors and medical practitioners to minimize any physical damage to the body while trying to diagnose and treat the condition, injury or disease.


What began as bringing light into a body cavity for improved viewing and inspection is now a tiny camera that can navigate with incredible dexterity through tiny passages deep within our organs. Where once a 7 inch incision yielded a lifelong, recognizable line of scar tissue on one’s skin, there are barely discernible, centimeter-long marks revealing nothing of the surgery that transpired beneath.


Originally from the Greek lapara and skopein – to see or examine the soft parts of the body between the ribs and hips, laparoscopy remains at the core of minimally invasive surgery – small incisions, small tubes, tiny cameras, miniature surgical instruments. Over the decades, its application has expanded to cover orthopedics, cardiology, organ transplants, neurosurgery, robot-assisted surgery, and more. As technology helps us to advance towards less and less impact with greater results, we can begin to imagine the next generation of minimally invasive surgeries and techniques.


The Napa Medical Research Foundation considers the ultrasound machine to be at the core of this “next generation” and is supporting the important work of Dr. Marko Bodor in hopes of proving its effectiveness. Unlike the arthroscopic or endoscopic procedures that require the camera be inserted into the body, the ultrasound machine remains on the outside of the body. It’s ability to see within the human body does not require an incision, allowing it to be completely non-invasive while still producing the necessary internal images.



“Multimodality Imaging Guidance in Interventional Medicine”

Edited by Samer Narouze

Dr.Bodor and his colleagues have contributed two important chapters to this vital publication just released by Oxford Press. Through publications of their research findings, they are contributing to the acceptance and proven effectiveness of ultrasound.

Chapter 42 – Ankle and Foot Injections: Ultrasound

Chapter 45 – Hand and Wrist Injections: Ultrasound

Both chapters below are available as a downloadable PDF through March 2018 on our website at or contact Yvette Uribe for more information, (707)

A Letter From Our President

A sincere thank you to the Napa Medical Research Foundation’s Board of Directors, staff and our supportive community for allowing me the opportunity to lead the Foundation and promote our important work in regenerative orthopedics research. I am thrilled to get...

Dr. Harry K. Genant: IOF Medal of Achievement

The IOF Medal of AchievementThe International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Medal of Achievement award recognizes a distinguished researcher whose innovative work in the field of non-invasive and quantitative imaging of bone has advanced knowledge in the mechanisms of...

Improving ACL Treatment

ACL Technique Validation Study We asked Dr. Tracy Høeg about the ACL Technique Validation Study to find out what's going on, why this is so important and what she's most excited about! Pictured: Tracy Høeg, MD, PhD   What is the purpose of the ACL Technique...

Spring 2019 Newsletter

The Foundation welcomes Sarah Pursell In April 2019, Sarah Pursell joined our team as the President of the Napa Medical Research Foundation. In this capacity, she will serve as the primary liaison with the Board of Directors and have direct operating responsibility...

Ultrasound-Guided Carpal Tunnel Release Provides Relief

"These are among the happiest patients in my practice. They are appreciative of the almost immediate resolution of pain and numbness at night, and the fast ability to return to work and activities of daily living.” - Dr. Marko Bodor Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most...

An Active Life Restored

Liz H.: A Story of Gratitude "Pain no longer dominates my every minute." "It's hard to express the gratitude in appropriate measure when vitality is returned, and an active life is restored." - Liz H. For 10 years, Liz H. had been trying to find pain relief, and...

Teaming Up with UC Davis for Kids

Oliver Starr has been featured as one of our success stories. Here's how his recovery could help kids with ACL injuries. Extreme Athlete, Extreme recoveryIn March 2018, Oliver's MRI showed his ACL as "nearly normal" after receiving BMAC injections from Dr. Bodor,...

A Letter From Our Founder

As we approach the fifth anniversary of establishing the Napa Medical Research Foundation, we realize how far we have advanced regenerative orthopedics in a short period of time, and we would like to take this opportunity to reflect on how it all got started.  I was...

Winter 2019 Newsletter

A message from our founder Michael and Pepper Jackson with Dr Marko Bodor and his wife, Jackie. As we approach the fifth anniversary of establishing the Napa Medical Research Foundation, we realize how far we have advanced regenerative orthopedics in a short period of...

The Latest News, November 2018

WELCOME GRETCHEN DE BAUBIGNY The NMRF Board of Directors and Staff welcome Gretchen De Baubigny, a resident of St. Helena and San Francisco broadly respected for her creativity, warmth, and lifelong belief in the power of philanthropy. She is an advocate for issues...


 Reduce Pain. Increase Mobility & Function. Improve Quality of Life.

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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