Our goal is not just to give patients new joints. It’s to give them a new life.
— Thomas S. Thornhill, MD, Founder, Operation Walk Boston


The Operation Walk Boston team performs free joint replacement surgeries for patients in the Dominican Republic.

Latest News

BWH May 20, 2016 Bulletin: Operation Walk Boston Volunteers Go the Extra Mile

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The Pillars Of Our Work Are

  • EDUCATION - We train surgeons, medical students, nurses, anesthesiologists, physical therapists, and orthopedic residents.
  • SURGERY - Each year, we perform operations for 45 to 50 patients during an intense week at the Hospital General de la Plaza de la Salud in Santo Domingo.
  • SUSTAINABILITY - With our partners in the Dominican Republic, we work to boost long-term surgical capabilities, increase surgical safety, and measure outcomes.
  • RESEARCH - We conduct high impact studies to understand how joint replacements and other interventions affect outcomes and quality of life.