World Eye Mission

World Eye Mission

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The issue of global blindness is staggering. It is conservatively estimated that 45 million people are blind. Another 135 million suffer severe visual impairment. 90% of these patients live developing countries. The numbers are worsening. Many cases are treatable. 

The impact of preserving and restoring sight helps not just the patients but also their families, communities, and countries. 

27 professors

60 visits

14 countries

  • Bolivia

  • Bulgaria

  • Cuba

  • Dominican Republic

  • El Salvador

  • Guatemala

  • Haiti

  • Nicaragua

  • Pakistan

  • Peru

  • St. Lucia

  • Tanzania

  • Trinidad

  • Venezuela

Visiting Ophthalmology Professors

Updated February 10, 2019

Christine Nelson, M.D.
Oculoplastics
University of Michigan
VisitedHaiti, Dominican Republic, Peru 

Kaz Soong, M.D.
Cornea and anterior segment
University of Michigan
Visited:  Haiti (three visits), Bulgaria

 Karanjit Kooner, M.D.
Glaucoma
University of Texas, Dallas
Visited:  Haiti, Venezuela, Guatemala, Nicaragua, St. Lucia, Peru (Trujillo)

Alex Levin, M.D
Pediatric ophthalmology
Wills Eye Institute, Thomas Jefferson University
Visited: Guatemala (five visits), Pakistan, Trinidad (Feb. 8 -14, 2009),  Peru 2011

 Michael Taravella, M.D.
Cornea and anterior segment
University of Colorado
Visited:  Dominican Republic (twice)

Ken Hovland, M.D.
Retina
University of Colorado
Visited:  Dominican Republic

Bartley Frueh, M.D.
Oculoplastics
University of Michigan
Visited:  Guatemala (four times), El Salvador, Nicaragua

 Barrett Katz, M.D.
Neuro-ophthalmology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York
Visited:   Guatemala, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Peru, Cuba

 Alan Sugar, M.D.
Cornea and anterior segment
University of Michigan
Visited:  Guatemala (twice), Trinidad

 Raymond Stein, M.D.
Cornea and anterior segment
University of Toronto
Visited:  Nicaragua

 Amjad Ahmad, M.D.
Oculoplasics
Loyola University
Visited:  Guatemala

 Robert Fante, M.D.
Oculoplastics
University of Colorado
Visited:  Peru  

Monte Del Monte, M.D.
Pediatric ophthalmology
University of Michigan
Visited:  Guatemala

Stephen Saxe, M.D.
Retina
University of Michigan
Visited:  Guatemala (Jan. 13–19, 2008)

Ashima Kumar, M.D.
Pediatric ophthalmology
State University of New York
Visited: St. Lucia, El Salvador (Feb. 1-7, 2009)

 Sai Gandham, M.D.
Glaucoma
Albany Medical College
Visited:  Tanzania (Feb.7-14, 2009)

Steven Archer, M.D.
Pediatric ophthalmology
University of Michigan
Visited: Peru (Jan.17-24, 2009, March 2010)

 Anna Murchison, MD
Oculoplasitcs
Wills Eye Institute, Thomas Jefferson University
Visited: Guatemala, June 2010

 Ned Bedrossian, MD
Oculoplastics
Wills Eye Institute
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia
Visited: Haiti August, 2010

 John Downing, MD
Anterior segment
Vanderbilt University
Visited; Haiti, December 2011, October 2012

Charles Barr, MD
Retina
St. Louis University
Visited: Haiti, August 12 – 18, 2012; Peru, Sept. 2013; Bolivia, June 2017

Barry Wasserman
Pediatric ophthalmology
Wills' Eye Institute
Thomas Jefferson University
Visited: Haiti, November 2012 

David Gritz, MD
Anterior segment
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Visited Cuba, December 2012; Peru June 21-28, 2015

Umar Mian, MD
Retina
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Visited Haiti, May 2013   

Dilip Thomas, MD
Oculoplastics
University of Georgia, Augusta
Visited Peru (Trujillo), April 2016 

Manjool Shah, MD
Glaucoma
University of Michigan
Visited Peru (Trujillo), July 2017 

Zvi Kresch, MD
Uveitis
University of Michigan
Visited Peru (Trujillo), July 2017