Dr. Spanko is a founding member of the International Extremity Project and was a founder of Mission Peace. He first went to Vietnam as a team surgeon for Mission Peace in 1999.
Dr. Spanko has dedicated his career as a Podiatric physician to public health. He was Chief of Podiatry for thirty years at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, California, and has been an attending physician at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System for the last two years. VA Palo Alto has a large teaching program with twelve Podiatric residents and a provides surgical and medical training to medical school externs.
Dr. Spanko's committment to international public health, teaching, and providing charity healthcare is one of the cornerstones of the International Extremity project. This will be Dr. Spanko's eighth medical mission to Can Tho, Vietnam.