Our History

Chronic Care International was founded in Omaha Nebraska by Dr. Chuck Filipi and his daughter-in-law Linda Filipi when they realized the profound need of poor individuals with diabetes and high blood pressure in the Dominican Republic.


 Dr. Filipi is Professor of Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Creighton University School of Medicine. He received a bachelor of science degree from Iowa State University, a medical degree at the University of Iowa and he completed his surgical residency at George Washington University in Washington D.C. He was in private practice for 16 years and then he and his wife moved to Omaha. Although retired from surgery, he continues to see patients one day a week and devotes his remaining time to research as medical director of Transenterix a medical device company and also humanitarian activities. His primary interests are intra-luminal surgery for the correction of gastroesophageal reflux disease, obesity, pre-cancerous Barrett’s esophagus, robotic surgery and the non-profit organizations Hernia Repair for the Underserved and Chronic Care International. 

Charles J. Filipi, MD, FACS

Linda Filipi, RN, CDE

Linda Filipi received her bachelor of nursing from the University of New Mexico.  She resides in Aliso Viejo, CA with her husband and son.  For a decade she worked in the critical care setting which gave her a strong clinical foundation.  After a turn of events, she transitioned into diabetes education. Gaining her CDE (Certified Diabetes Educator) was another accomplishment that she has given her further credibility in this highly specialized area.  Through a conversation with her father in law, Dr. Filipi regarding the need for greater awareness of the management of diabetes in the Dominican Republic, she contributed to the launching of an overseas diabetes/hypertension program that this website speaks to. Her wish is to continue enhancing the lives of those she teaches stateside and simultaneously assist Dominicans who struggle with basic knowledge deficits that can be life altering.