Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as director of neurological surgery for the Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine, chief of St. Bernardine Medical Center’s Division of Neurological Surgery, and consultant for SI-Joint, St. Jude Medical, and Nuvasive. Beyond helping others through his profession, Ali Mesiwala, MD, supports National Geographic.
The National Geographic Society, a educational and scientific organization, supports hundreds of exploration, research, conservation, and educational projects throughout the world, including BioBlitz.
Hosted throughout the United States at more than 250 schools and other natural areas, BioBlitz events challenge participants of all ages to find and identify plants, fungi, animals, and other organisms within a specific area. Teachers, families, scientists, students, and community members work together to search out and count species.
During BioBlitz, participants are taken on an informative tour of their area, led by scientists and highlighting nearby natural attractions. Teams are then tasked with taking and uploading photos of different species on iNaturalist, allowing them to record observations and receive help with species identification. They also help create a comprehensive species inventory of their area.
A neurosurgeon for more than 20 years, Ali Mesiwala, MD, leads the Department of Surgery and Division of Neurological Surgery at St. Bernardine Medical Center and functions as a consultant for such companies as SI-Bone, Inc., and Nuvasive, Inc. Outside of his professional life, Ali H. Mesiwala, MD, supports of the National Geographic Society.
Last December, Facebook and National Geographic teamed up to launch Live 360 video that gave users the unique opportunity to view operations 24 hours a day at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. Journalist Cara Santa Maria toured the facility with commentary from scientific experts John Grunsfeld, Stephen Petranek, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.
The live stream gave viewers the chance to see the unique conditions that scientists have been living in for months. Completely isolated from mainstream society, these simulators were designed to emulate what life on Mars would be like. The video offered a behind-the-scenes look at these living conditions and a live look at the scientists as they left the pods for the first time. Viewers were also able to participate in a Q&A with the scientists.
Neurosurgeon Ali Mesiwala, MD, serves as chief of St. Bernardine Medical Center’s Division of Neurological Surgery and as medical director at the Chaparral Medical Group in Pomona, California. Named an Inland Empire Top Doctor, Ali Mesiwala is also a philanthropist who supports charitable organizations such as National Geographic and the Claremont Museum of Art.
The Claremont Museum of Art, founded in 2004, is a community museum located in Claremont, California. In addition to displaying exhibits that celebrate Claremont’s artistic heritage at its physical location, the museum maintains several educational art programs that benefit the local community. These efforts include the ARTpix and ARToon programs as well as Project ARTstART and family art activities.
Family art activities offered by the Claremont Museum provide young children with hands-on, creative art activities. These are offered at city festivals that include Art in the Garden at Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Gardens, the local Fourth of July Celebration, Village Venture, and the Padua Hills Art Fiesta. Directed by a nationally exhibited artist and made possible by local volunteers and art educators, the activities often include hundreds of children at a single event.
Board-certified neurosurgeon and researcher Ali Mesiwala, MD, works as medical director at Southern California Center for Neuroscience and Spine, serving Los Angeles and surrounding counties. He is also a dedicated philanthropist, donating his time as medical director for the Snoop Youth Football League. In addition, Ali Mesiwala, MD, is a founding member of the Claremont Museum of Art, which showcases his community’s artistic achievements.
The Claremont Museum, incorporated in 2004, works to share the more than 70 years of the Los Angeles area’s cultural heritage with the public. Originally housed in the Packing House building in the east Los Angeles County city of Claremont, in 2010 the Claremont Museum became a museum without walls, sponsoring well-received exhibitions in borrowed spaces. Toward the close of 2015, it acquired a lease to use the historic Claremont Depot as a small permanent museum. The Spanish Colonial Revival-style building dates back to 1927.
The Claremont Museum’s hundreds of supporters and volunteers host a variety of programs annually. The city has been home to a vibrant arts community that gained particular renown in the decades from the 1940s through the 1960s. Thanks in part to the nearby Pomona College and other liberal arts schools that make up the Claremont Colleges, the museum continues to enjoy widespread public support.
Notable recent exhibitions include “Millard Sheets: Hills and Horses,” which celebrates the work of the Pomona-born watercolor painter and art teacher who died in 1989.