About Operation Walk Chicago

The mission of Operation Walk Chicago is to improve the quality of life of disadvantaged patients around the world through reducing disability from advanced joint disease. Operation Walk Chicago seeks to achieve this goal by:

Operation Walk Chicago commits to ongoing education and patient care in these impoverished communities, to ensure its contribution will have a long lasting effect. Operation Walk Chicago strives to use only the highest quality educators, administrators, clinicians and equipment, and partners with in-country clinicians to develop a program of arthritis care that is practical and sustainable.

Knee and Hip replacements are among the most cost-effective medical procedures; dramatically relieving suffering and returning patients to active lifestyles.

Founders & Directors

Victoria Anne Brander MD

Dr. Brander is a board-certified physiatrist with in-depth expertise in arthritis rehabilitation. Her academic responsibilities include appointments in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She serves as a visiting Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at West China Hospital of Sichuan University in Chengdu, China. She served as consultant to the National Institute of Health's 2003 Consensus Development Conference on Total Knee Replacement and is an advisor to the International Consortium for the development of rehabilitation guidelines for THA and TKA.

“Hip and knee replacements can be miraculous procedures; transforming the lives of disabled patients and their families. There is no reason that patients in poor communities should suffer when we have the ability to treat them.”

Victoria Brander, MD

S. David Stulberg MD

A pioneer in computer-assisted minimally invasive surgical techniques, S. David Stulberg, MD is universally recognized as being one of the world's top Orthopaedic surgeons. Dr. Stulberg serves as Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and is the founder and director of the Joint Reconstruction and Implant Service at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He is a co-founder of the International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty, a founding member of the International Society for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery, a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, and a member of the Board of Directors of Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

“It is such a privilege for me to use my experience in this way - helping surgeons in developing countries learn the best joint replacement techniques to enable patients to walk again.”

S. David Stulberg, MD

Board of Directors

Lori Quigley
Vice President, Healthcare Innovations
Striker Orthopaedics, Mahwah, NJ

Elizabeth Brackett
Journalist, Author, Correspondent
PBS Chicago Tonight and The News Hour with Jim Lehrer
World Champion Triathlon, 2009 and 2011

Rev. John Buchanan
Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago (retired)
Author, Editor and Publisher The Christian Century

William Gilligan MD
Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction Surgeon, Operation Walk Chicago volunteer
Founder, Hinsdale Orthopedics

Cynthia Horwath Garbutt
Global Health Inititative fund, Senior Associate Director
Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois

James Kudrna MD, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine

Mark Kaufman
Owner and President, Athletico
President’s Distinguished Service Award winner, Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Chicago

Jay Sanders
Treasurer, Operation Walk Chicago Board of Directors
President & Founder of Professional Business Consultants PBC
Adjunct Accounting Professor, Elmhurst College

Nicole Higgins MD
Anesthesia, Coordinator Operation Walk Chicago
Anesthesiologist, Northwestern Memorial
Assistant Professor, Northwestern University Medical School

Lalit Puri, MD
Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction Surgeon, Operation Walk Chicago
Director, Joint Replacement Services
NorthShore University Health System

Margot Bowen
Owner, Margot Bowen Fine Arts, Winnetka IL
Operation Walk Volunteer


Administrative Team

Sophie Sauser, Administrative Director

Jane Guzman, Accounting & Finance

Odell Woods, OR Coordinator

Celeste Carlin, Coordinator, Supplies & Industry Relations

Jennie Pasternak, Fundraising and Communications Associate


Victoria Brander MD
Chairman, Operation Walk Chicago Board of Directors Operation Walk Chicago
Associate Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
NorthShore Orthopedic Institute, Chicago, IL

S David Stulberg MD
Director, Operation Walk Chicago
Professor, Orthopedic Surgery
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Northshore orthopedic Institute, Chicago, IL