Edie Chan, MD

Edie is general and transplant surgeon practicing in Chicago who is thrilled to be involved in Operation International.  In her spare time, she considers herself a “foodie”, loves traveling and practicing yoga.


Ami Shah, MD

Ami Shah is a board certified pediatric and general surgeon at Rush University. She completed her general surgery training at University of Illinois at Chicago and Pediatric Surgery Fellowship at the University of Florida.  She is excited to be part of Operation International and spends her free time with 2 children and husband. 


Crea Fusco, MD

Crea is a general and trauma surgeon in Colorado who is excited to be a part of Operation International.  In her spare time, she loves hiking, hanging out and throwing neighborhood parties with her wife and twin boys.


Samir Gupta  MD

Samir Gupta is a board certified general surgeon and critical care surgeon at Rush University.  He completed his residency and fellowship at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan.   He has been a surgeon for 20 years.  He spends his free time with his family and enjoys traveling and new experiences.


Jason Cacioppo, MD

Jason is board certified plastic surgeon who practices in Indiana.  In his spare time, he enjoys flying planes, playing hockey and spending time with his wife and kids. 


Adam Weingart, MD

Adam is an anesthesiologist in Denver, CO. I enjoy playing the mandolin, coaching flag football, and indulging in all that Colorado has to offer.


Jennifer Walton BSN, RN, CNOR

Jenny has been an operating room nurse for fifteen years specializing in open heart surgeries within the pediatric and adult population as well as all other surgical specialties. I’m passionate about mission work and helping those in need. When not working I enjoy spending time with my husband James, son Christopher and daughters Abigail, Magdalyne and Elena.


Tanya Kidandi, MSN, AGNP-C

Tanya Kidandi is a Nurse Practitioner at Rush University Medical Center.  She completed her graduate nursing degree from Marquette University and undergraduate nursing degree from University of Wisconsin. Tanya is currently pursuing a Certificate in Public Health from Loyola University. She is passionate about providing comprehensive care to vulnerable patient populations. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. 


Sara White, CRNA

Sara White is a CRNA from Fort Worth, TX, on the adult cardiac, transplant, and ERAS teams. Sara enjoys participating in yearly mission trips and looks forward to serving in Uganda.


Haylee Miller MSNA, CRNA

My name is Haylee -  I live in Texas, and I’ve been a CRNA for almost a year. My husband is Logan, and we have a great dane named Riley. We are in the process of growing our family - we’ll be adopting a sibling set from Liberia in the next 1-2 years. We spend as much time as work allows traveling & enjoying the beauty of creation.


Emily Krumme RN

My name is Emily Krumme and I am a graduate of the Indiana University School of Nursing. I have been an ICU nurse for 6 years in many different care areas. I moved to Chicago a few years ago as a travel/agency nurse and found my latest permanent work home at Rush Medical Center!  


Angelika Diraduryan, RN

Hi! My name is Angelika Diraduryan. I have been an ICU nurse for over 4 years and currently work in the SICU/CVT-ICU. I am also enrolled in the FNP program. I have three dogs and on my free time I enjoy going on runs. My favorite shows include Parks and Rec, Always Sunny, and BBC’s Sherlock. Go Cubs! 


Stephanie Walsh, RN

My name is Stephanie Walsh. I am the proud mother of 3 boys(25,15,&13)and married to my soulmate Brian. I have been in the operating room since 1999. This is been a dream of mine to be a part of a mission trip!! I feel very blessed to be part of this team!

Smiles, Stef


Doug Roeske, RN

I’ve been an OR nurse for 26 years— I’ve been at Children’s/Lurie since 2006.    I have been to Colómbia with the Silver Service Charities (pediatric orthopedic).    I recently bought a house in Riverside, IL with my partner, Goran and our 2 dogs.


Primitivo Garcia, CST

Primitivo has 21 years of experience as a surgical technician at Lurie’s Children’s Hospital in Chicago. He served 8 years in the U.S. Navy as a corpsman including one year in Germany at Ramstein Hospital. He has volunteered on multiple missions trips: 4 to Honduras, 3 to Colombia and once to Peru.


Geetha Dhinakaran MD

Graduated from Stanley Medical college , India in 1991 and completed anesthesia residency at Montefiore Medical center in 1998, worked there for a year and moved to Virginia. Currently working at Fair Oaks Hospital, Virginia for the past 19 years.


Lisa Angotti, RN

I currently am the Surgical Specialist for Pediatric Outpatient Surgery at Advocate Christ Hospital.  The first 5 years of my career, I worked as a Surgical Technician while going to nursing school at Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago.  I continued to grow in my profession within the pediatric world for the next 18 years.  Through the years, I was fortunate to be a part of a Liver/Kidney transplant team and the Surgical Specialist for Pediatric Urology and Robotic Surgery.  I was blessed to accompany Silver Service Children's Foundation to Bogota Colombia, for Pediatric Orthopedic surgery as a surgical nurse 4 times during my career.  Pediatric nursing is truely my heart.