Cornell students have regularly assisted on Operation Walk missions in countries such as El Salvador, Vietnam, and China since 2005 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 assist with physical therapy and many other aspects of the trip. This opportunity is open to all current Cornell College students.
What is Operation Walk?
Operation Walk (official website) is a private, not-for-profit, volunteer medical services organization providing 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.
More about Operation Walk
Information for Current Students
- Operation Walk Application Process
- Operation Walk Selection Process
- Operation Walk Expectations for Selected Students