Duncan Tree Foundation

Duncan Tree Foundation is an international outreach organization dedicated to promoting health by: Providing education to communities about strategies for preventing, reducing and treating non-communicable diseases; Recruiting medical professionals from around the globe to increase medical training in developing countries; Securing medical equipment donations for developing countries, starting in Jamaica, to help under-resourced health care systems.
Aug 15, 2016

Closing in on a major milestone

DTF patient, Danisha, post surgery at CRH
DTF patient, Danisha, post surgery at CRH

The Duncan Tree Foundation has had a very productive summer advancing our mission to bring pain relieving and life-extending spine surgeries to young patients in need worldwide.

In June we made our eighth successful mission trip to Jamaica increasing our number of cases performed there to 81. With the 9 cases we’ve performed in the Philippines, we are so very close to reaching our 100 patient milestone. We are excited to accomplish that goal when we return to Jamaica this fall.

We were also happy to visit with Duncan Tree Patients who underwent surgery on prior mission trips and check in on their progress. It is always so uplifting to see not just their physical transformation, but their growing confidence and self esteem.

            “For the first time in a long time I can touch my toes.”

                                    Jerdain, 18

                                    Duncan Tree Patient

                                    Surgery performed November 2015

 On June 24th, The Duncan Tree Foundation leadership was honored to meet with Prime Minister Andrew Holness and his Chief of Staff Deborah Newland. The Prime Minister was truly grateful for our service and thanked us on behalf of the People of Jamaica. We look forward to strengthening our relationship with The Prime Minister and accomplishing more in trips to come.

We thank you for your continued support and appreciate your generous contributions. Each donation helps us cover the expenses of the highly skilled teams who volunteer their time and talents to perform these invaluable services. So far, we have been able to make a real difference in the lives of 90 young people. Together we can all help relieve the pain and boost the spirits of so many more.

To learn more about Duncan Tree Foundation events and initiatives, please visit www.duncantreefoundation.org.

DTF June 2016 team at Cornwall Regional Hospital
DTF June 2016 team at Cornwall Regional Hospital
Ouida Duncan with JA Prime Minister Andrew Holness
Ouida Duncan with JA Prime Minister Andrew Holness

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Apr 21, 2016

Keeping the Momentum Going: Duncan Tree Foundation Building on a Successful 1st Quarter

Duncan Tree Founder and President, Ouida Duncan, at Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay shaking hands with Dr. Forrester during a medical mission trip to Jamaica

"One way to keep momentum going is to have constantly greater goals." -Michael Korda

The Duncan Tree Foundation (DTF) isn’t showing any signs of slowing down after another productive start to the year! The team is two months away from yet another life-changing mission trip to Jamaica to perform spine corrective surgeries for disenfranchised youth. To date, DTF had performed 80 surgeries valued at over $2,000,000 (USD) and this upcoming June is projected to reach its 100th patient milestone. It goes without saying that the impact these surgeries have had on the fortunate recipients is priceless. Not only has DTF brought great joy to the deserving youth of Jamaica and their families, but also to the lives of the DTF volunteers and surgeons who have dedicated their time and efforts in making each medical mission a success.We invite everyone to hear first-hand from patients and DTF’s dedicated staff on our YouTube Channel.


In an effort to further promote these powerful stories, DTF launched its Young Professional Network (YPN) initiative this past March. Members of YPN are encouraged to engage their personal networks to further promote DTF and share the stories of the lives DTF has changed. YPN members will be involved in organizing fundraiser events and various support initiatives for DTF patients and their families. Be on the lookout for exciting mixers and fun get-togethers on behalf of YPN!


Always looking for new opportunities to learn, improve, and grow, DTF members participated in the annual Global Health and Innovation Conference at Yale University on April 16th and 17th. The conference was an impactful experience filled with informative lectures and interactive workshops form leaders and change agents in global health. Highlights include sessions and workshops such as:

  • Delivering Leadership in Non-profits
  • Self-Awareness for Leadership in Service & Action
  • What Now? A Decision-Making Framework for the Social Sector Leader
  • Taking Your Social Venture to Scale: A Workshop and Framework on Transformative Growth
  • Incubating successful Social Enterprises and Global Health Programs

Needless to say, the team left the conference enlightened and empowered with new ideas for developing Duncan Tree.
Send your best wishes and prayers our way as the team prepares to embark on its 8th medical mission to Jamaica this June, and of course please continue to support us by making a donation. Without your support, none of this is possible.

To learn more about Duncan Tree Foundation events and initiatives, please visit www.duncantreefoundation.org.

Jan 20, 2016

What's Ahead in 2016

DTF volunteers provide CME credits for local staff
DTF volunteers provide CME credits for local staff

2016 is off to a great start for the Duncan Tree Foundation (DTF) as we have
been busy planning for two upcoming mission trips to Jamaica. Volunteer teams
will travel in June and November to provide free spine surgery to pediatric
patients in need.

A projected 20 life-changing surgeries are scheduled to be performed by
volunteers led by orthopedic spine surgeon and DTF Vice President, Dr. Kenneth
Paonessa. The Team, under the guidance of DTF Founder and President, Ouida
Duncan, will visit three local facilities: Kingston Public Hospital (KPH), Cornwall
Regional Hospital (CRH), and Bustamante Children’s Hospital (BCH).  BCH is a new medical mission site for the Duncan Tree Foundation in 2016.

A continued emphasis for the Team will also be placed on the effort to provide
continuing education courses for local professionals. Since inception, DTF
volunteers have provided close to 400 Continuing Medical Education
(CME) certificates.  DTF’s investment in the professional development of
local professionals is supplying the skills necessary to providing a higher quality of
patient care.

To support these efforts, DTF staff and volunteers are busy planning several
fund raising events. The first, set to take place on Friday, January 29, will
welcome more than 75 guests to Prime 82 in Norwich, CT for Boogie Down with
Duncan Tree Foundation, a 70s disco night! Guests will enjoy open bar, food, silent
auction, and more as they don their finest 70s attire. For tickets, please
visit www.dtfboogie.eventbrite.com.

Later this spring, DTF will host its annual spring social, a volunteer
appreciation night, and a young professionals networking cocktail event.

To learn more about Duncan Tree Foundation events and initiatives, please visit
www.duncantreefoundation.org.

Join us on January 29 in Norwich, CT.
Join us on January 29 in Norwich, CT.

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