Dr. Mendel and his team are supported by the generosity of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center donors George and Tina Skestos. “He’s a rare breed,” George Skestos shares. “He gets up in the morning early and runs eight or 10 miles then goes to work at his job at 6 a.m. and does all these operations that take 15, 12, 25 hours. And there are so many lives he has
saved because of his ability.”
The Skestoses established a chair at the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center to ensure Dr. Mendel can advance his work, which crosses many parts of the broader Ohio State community. For each surgery, Dr. Mendel partners with engineers and artists, using 3-D printers to create exact replicas of individual spines so he can practice surgeries in advance. He leads a research team. He teaches future doctors, and he has trained surgeons around the globe.
“I love him with all my heart — I can’t think of anyone I love more as a doctor,” George Skestos says. “Anyone that has anything to do with the Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, they should meet him, because he’s just the kind of guy you want to meet — the kind of guy who excels with intelligence, with care, with kindness and love towards people.”