February 2009




UC Davis ophthalmologists go on surgical expedition in Peru



Several high-level doctors from UC Davis' ophthalmology department will move to Peru this February, to teach surgical techniques in the city of Trujillo as part of an ORBIS expedition, the Sacramento Bee reported.

It's unusual for the nonprofit, which organizes teaching and surgical expeditions, to have so many volunteers from a single institution on one trip, Brooke Johnson, the group's spokeswoman told the newspaper.

ORBIS’ mission is to eliminate avoidable blindness in developing countries. On a special plane that has been converted into both an operating room and a medical lecture hall, dubbed the “Flying Eye Hospital,” ORBIS volunteers perform surgery as well as teach doctors, nurses and technicians who may not have other opportunities for advanced training, the paper reported.

Dr. James Brandt, a UC Davis ophthalmology professor who will be making his second trip as an Orbis volunteer told the paper, “The plane doesn't fly in without an enormous amount of advance work being done.”

The screening of patients and doctors occurs beforehand to select those likely to benefit most.

Other UC Davis specialists participating are Dr. Mark Mannis, chair of the ophthalmology department; Dr. Susannna Park, a retina specialist; and Dr. Annie Baik, who is doing a post-residency glaucoma fellowship. They will be joined by four other volunteers, doctors and nurses from Nevada, Michigan and Great Britain. The report said.

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/ourregion/story/1557127.html

Reported by: EyeWorld News Services

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