Butterfly Foundation

About the Butterfly Foundation

Dr. Moulton is President and Co-founder of Fundación Mariposa ("Butterfly Foundation"), a non-profit organization (501(c)(3)) bringing deformity focused academic spine surgeons and comprehensive teams to developing countries to teach local spine surgeons through didactics, work-shops, and surgery on local patients, with other projects in Chile, Jamaica, Malawi, Kenya, and Vietnam.

Articles on the Butterfly Foundation

Westchester Health & Life (April 2007)
La mariposita—“little butterfly” in Spanish—is the pet name Westchester Medical Center orthopaedic surgeon Andrew Moulton, M.D., has for his wife Geraldine Collado. So its English equivalent came to mind in 2003, when the couple launched an international medical relief organization. Today the Butterfly Foundation performs corrective spinal surgeries on some of the most difficult cases in the Third World—often children otherwise doomed to a handicapped existence.
Orthopedics Today (April 2006)
By Susan M. Rapp
At a time when most young orthopedic surgeons are still getting established in their practices, Andrew W. Moulton, MD, 37, spends much of his time in the Dominican Republic. But don’t get the wrong idea – he is working just as hard down there are his colleagues in the United States.
Orthopedics Technology Review (March/April 2006)
By Greg Ptacek
Andrew and Geraldine Moulton began by trying to help a few kids. Three years later, their Butterfly Foundation is performing surgeries and training orthopedic surgeons around the world.
The Journal News (February 21, 2006)
By Linda Lombroso
Two years ago, Kelvin Lugo was in a bad way. A severe case of scoliosis had curved the 17-year-old’s spine so much that it was pressing down on his lungs. But in his country, the Dominican Republic, there were no doctors trained to perform the complex surgery that would straighten out his back—until the Butterfly Foundation stepped in.
Daily News (March 21, 2005)
By Albor Ruiz
“We are here to help.” With those simple words, Dr. Andrew Moulton describes the attitude with which he, his wife, Geraldine Collado, and the other members of his Fundacion Mariposa (the Butter Foundation) approach their mission.
Dominican Times (September/October 2004)
By Everett Kartun
Jesus Perez, a lean 17-year-old, Alfonso Soriano look-alike with a passion to be a baseball pitcher was smiling when the sedative overcame his consciousness, as he lay on his stomach on the operating table. Two years ago while showering, he felt a bone poling out of his back, but was embarrassed to tell his mother. He knew that when he awoke in the recovery room, his mom would be smiling and his anguish over.

Butterfly Foundation


With the Butterfly Foundation, Dr. Moulton and his colleagues teach spine surgery in communities that need it around the world. See a short, introductory video, then learn more about the foundation below.

Video Documentary

Recent Articles

Orthopedics Today (April 2006)
By Susan M. Rapp
Orthopedics Technology Review (March/April 2006)
By Greg Ptacek
Daily News (March 21, 2005)
By Albor Ruiz
Dominican Times (September/October 2004)
By Everett Kartun