Allie Nappe in Viet Nam with Operation Walk

Cornell students’ participation
in Operation Walk


El Salvador March, 2005
Jamie Wallace
Kent Lehr

China August, 2005
Phil Bilderback
Lisa Fettkether

Nicaragua April, 2006
Amber James
Britton Walker Zuccarelli

Guatemala November, 2006
Jessica Johnson
Stephanie Healy

El Salvador March, 2007
Wade Swenson
Patrick Carry

Peru October, 2007
Nate Olafsen
Amanda Jepson

Viet Nam March, 2008
Garrett Feddersen
Heidi Mitchell

El Salvador April, 2009
Adam Norton
Kristina Pontarelli

Guatemala August, 2009
Alisa Vickrey
Mikelle Wortman

Viet Nam January, 2010
Allie Nappe
Eric Reese

Antigua, Guatemala, September 2011
Jeff Butke
Megan Dibbern

Arusha, Tanzania, June 2012
Kirtley Hitt
Leslie Smebak

Operation Walk

To date, twenty-four Cornell students have volunteered for Operation Walk missions to countries such as El Salvador, Viet Nam, and China at the invitation of Operation Walk founder Dr. Lawrence D. Dorr '63. The students chosen for this prestigious honor observe medical professionals performing joint replacement surgeries, and they assist with physical therapy and many other aspects of the trip. The experience exemplifies how Cornell students are applying theory to practice through Dimensions: The Center for the Science and Culture of Healthcare.

According to the Operation Walk homepage, "Operation Walk is a private, not-for-profit, volunteer medical services organization which provides free surgical treatment for patients in developing countries (and occasionally in the US), that have no access to life-improving care for arthritis or other debilitating bone and joint conditions. Operation Walk also educates in-country orthopedic surgeons, nurses, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals on the most advanced treatments and surgical techniques for diseases of the hip and knee joints. This is done in conjunction with surgeries to help create a lasting contribution to patient care in developing countries."

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