Empowering the Future of Orthopedics:
Dr. Amanda Marshall-Rodriguez's Humanitarian Efforts
Dr. Amanda Marshall-Rodriguez is not only a highly skilled orthopedic surgeon but also a passionate advocate for humanitarian efforts in the field of orthopedics. As a dedicated member of Operation Walk's Women Orthopedists Global Outreach (WOGO) team, she has traveled extensively worldwide, donating her time and expertise to provide more than 400 free joint replacements through Operation Walk. WOGO is a team of nine female orthopedic surgeons from diverse cultural backgrounds and geographic locations across the USA. These surgeons are not only highly accomplished professionals but also mothers, academics, researchers, mentors, teachers, and volunteers in their communities.
In partnership with Operation Walk, Dr. Marshall-Rodriguez and her team spend about a week in various locations, performing as many joint replacement surgeries as time and donations allow. Beyond the surgeries, their efforts extend to monitoring outcomes, treating any complications, and providing rehabilitation, creating a comprehensive and life-changing experience for patients in need. Through WOGO, Dr. Marshall-Rodriguez and her fellow surgeons bring a unique understanding and perspective to address the unmet needs of women suffering from arthritis and degenerative joint diseases, fostering hope and restoring mobility to countless lives.
In addition to her impactful work with Operation Walk, Dr. Marshall-Rodriguez is actively involved with the Perry Initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering young women to pursue careers in orthopedic surgery and engineering. Named after Dr. Jacquelin Perry, a pioneering orthopedic surgeon, the Perry Initiative aims to bridge the gender gap in orthopedics by providing opportunities for aspiring female surgeons and engineers. As a mentor and role model in the Perry Initiative's workshops and outreach programs, Dr. Marshall-Rodriguez guides and supports young women interested in orthopedics, offering them valuable insights and hands-on experiences in the field. Her mentorship and dedication play a vital role in breaking down barriers and stereotypes that might deter young women from pursuing careers in orthopedics, fostering a more inclusive and diverse future for the orthopedic profession.
Dr. Amanda Marshall-Rodriguez's dedication to humanitarian efforts is driven by her belief in the transformative power of orthopedic care and her commitment to improving lives both locally and globally. Through her involvement with Operation Walk's WOGO team and the Perry Initiative, she continues to inspire and empower the next generation of orthopedic surgeons and engineers, leaving a lasting impact on the field and the lives of those she touches.
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YOU CAN "MAKE THE DIFFERENCE"
Each WOGO outreach trip represents an immense logistical undertaking. On average, 9,000 pounds of supplies (such as implants, surgical equipment, medications, etc.) must be shipped ahead to the host country and cleared through customs before the trip can even begin. Medical supplies are welcome; anything from extra bandages to walkers, canes and crutches can help us provide care for those less fortunate. Additionally, airline miles and ways to defray shipping costs are also welcomed. Please contact us if you are interested in donating supplies.
You can help our team of surgeons provide much needed medical attention by improving the health and mobility of women living in underserved communities worldwide. Although some supplies are donated and team members are all volunteers, every other aspect of these trips is only possible through generous donations. Learn how you can make your donation to WOGO via one of their following methods.