Mark Sternfeld, MD, PHD

Board Member

Dr. Sternfeld was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. His undergraduate studies were done at the University of Colorado, Boulder where he received a BS in Biology and went on to obtain his Ph.D. in Cell Biology from Oregon Health Sciences University. After his post-doctoral work, he went on to earn his M.D. from Oregon Health Sciences University and spent the next 30 years practicing Internal Medicine in rural Oregon.

Not long after moving his practice to Central Oregon in 2003 he met Dr. Koning as a colleague at the hospital. They shared care of patients and became fast friends. Upon Dr. Koning’s return from Ethiopia he learned about the plight of Ethiopian children from his good friend and was drawn to join Dr. Koning in the formation of an organization to improve the care of the children stricken with hydrocephalus and spina bifida.

It was an easy decision and natural progression to join Dr. Koning and his efforts in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian children’s needs were immense and the cause just. The children with hydrocephalus and their parents suffer great clinical and social consequences because of hydrocephalus when, in truth, it can be effectively treated and prevented. And moreover, in this case, the costs are relatively low and the benefits tremendous. So naturally, Dr. Sternfeld attended the very first organizational ReachAnother Foundation meeting in 2010 and never looked back.

“Working with Drs. Koning and O’Neill on the Reach Another Foundation Board has been both rewarding and gratifying. The work has led to amazing changes for these children and to the Ethiopian healthcare infrastructure. These changes will produce progress in treating hydrocephalus and spina bifida and will carry over to the treatment of pediatric care in general long after our work is finished. Truly a win-win for all Ethiopians and citizens of the world!”

What are spina bifida and hydrocephalus?

Spina bifida and hydrocephalus are neural tube defects (NTDs), which are birth defects that affect a baby’s spine, spinal cord, or brain.

Normally, a fetus’ neural tube develops into their brain, spinal cord, and spinal column, but if a mother does not have sufficient folic acid in her diet during pregnancy the neural tube does not fully form or close completely.

Spina bifida, “open back,” occurs when the spine has failed to close properly during the first month of pregnancy. Surgery is needed to close the defect immediately after birth to prevent infection and preserve the existing function in the spinal nerves. Approximately 90% of babies born with spina bifida are also impacted by hydrocephalus, “water on the brain.”

Babies born with hydrocephalus suffer a fluid build up in their brain, which causes an enlarged head and, if untreated, will cause brain damage and death. Treatment of hydrocephalus consists of implanting a shunt to drain the excess fluid. When treated in a timely fashion, the overwhelming majority of these babies can go on to lead healthy lives.

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“It was incredible to be able to volunteer in the hospital as a medical student and watch as the life of a child with hydrocephalus was forever changed. But it also gave me the chance to realize that giving a life to one child also means helping that child's mother, father, family and loved ones. It provides the community with hope to know that someone cares and is willing to help.”

Lacey Menkin MD

Orlando, Florida Medical Student

We are committed to

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

Expanding pediatric neurosurgery capacity to save more lives

John Moseley, PHD

Board Member

John received his BS, MS and PhD degrees in Physics from Georgia Institute of Technology, and has received multiple awards for his research there, at SRI, and at UO. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and the AAAs, is listed in Who's Who in Frontier Science and Technology, in America, and in the World. He has participated at the National and International level in numerous scientific and educational committees and activities. At the local level, he has participated in a number of research, economic development, and arts related initiatives.

Dr. Moseley retired in 2006. He and his wife, Susan, live in Eugene, OR.
John has participated in visits to Ethiopia as a volunteer member of the ReachAnother Foundation team 2015 and 2017.

"My wife Susan and I first became interested in the work in Ethiopia through our friendship with Dick and Patricia. After attending a fund-raising dinner in Bend in 2012, my wife we hosted one in Eugene, and became increasingly involved, so when I was asked to join the Board in 2014 I was more than happy to do so. Participating with the team in Ethiopia in 2015 helped me to realize the effectiveness and potential of this effort, and I have appreciated the opportunity to help ever since."

We’re in it for the babies. For the families.
For Ethiopia. For the world.
We are dedicated to this work, our human family and to one another.
We are united to transform.
We are a catalyst for change.