Operation Walk, founded by Dr. Larry Dorr (’ 63), is a non-profit organization through which a team of healthcare professionals travels to medically underserved areas to perform hip and knee replacement surgeries. In the past three years, eight Cornell students have accompanied Dr. Dorr and his team to El Salvador, China, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. The students assisted with all aspects of the mission, including anesthesia, surgery, pre-op and recovery, physical therapy, and general patient care. Here three students share their experiences and reflect upon the opportunities and how they have benefited from them.
Jessica Johnson, ’07 Maryland Heights, MO
Stephanie Healy, ’07 Cedar Rapids, IA
Amber James, ’07 Hill City, KS
Major: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Sponsor: Barbara Christie-Pope