In 2013, God gave me a vision for an ophthalmology simulation center for global health–I now appreciate the story of Noah building the Ark. God’s directives are sometimes monumental because he cares so deeply about the details. The magnitude: In 1995 when I finished my ophthalmology training, we had 280 million blind in the world. […] → Continue Reading Vision 2020: Beyond COVID–Developing an Ophthalmology Simulation Center for Global Health in Arizona
The world has changed. In November 2019, we received the PayPal Gives Grant to aid our medical students at University of Arizona College of Medicine where I teach Global Health and Ophthalmology. Normally, I travel to the Dominican Republic at the end of every May. Our volunteer faculty and I take 15 eager first year […] → Continue Reading VISION 2020 PHOENIX
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 22, 2019 RED ROVER VENTURES RECEIVES PAYPAL GIVES GRANT FOR VISION 2020 PHOENIX Scottsdale, Arizona: USA -Red Rover Ventures, an organization committed to preventing blindness, announced today that it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from PayPal Gives . The grant was recommended by PayPal’s employee-volunteer led Scottsdale GIVE Team, and […] → Continue Reading RED ROVER VENTURES RECEIVES PAYPAL GIVES GRANT FOR VISION 2020 PHOENIX
Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) affects babies born prematurely or less than 32 weeks gestational age. It is a devastating blinding condition and affects babies’ retinas. The retina doesn’t develop normal blood vessels until full term. So babies born prematurely have undeveloped retinas and bad blood vessels grown on top of the retina and detached it, […] → Continue Reading Haiti-No More Blind Babies
We examined 315 people in the Dominican Republic recently with the first year medical students http://phoenixmed.arizona.edu/about/news/student-brings-diagnostic-tools-rural-villages This past year, we re-opened our store with a smaller footprint adjacent to our private practice. The store includes artisan products from 34 countries and hundreds of artisans. Through the proceeds, we were able to purchase reading glasses from […] → Continue Reading Dominican Republic with University of Arizona College of Medical School Students
We opened our own private practice in our new home state of Arizona, to be a positive “light” to patients who want compassionate care and who want to be part of the fight against global blindness.
Our project in the Dominican Republic through the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix relies on volunteer faculty and first year medical students. We combine a humanitarian setting with the opportunity to learn ophthalmology and deliver eye care. The students also deliver primary care and make house calls–just like in the “days of yore.”
“See one, do one, teach one” has been the classic mantra in medicine and teaching new procedures and processes–we talk about having great mentors. I am now moving into that physician role of “mentor” telling students about rounding at the bedside with our peers and having discussion with the patient about “the differential” cause of […] → Continue Reading Teaching Ophthalmology in Arizona: “See one, do one, teach one”…
In 2017-2018, I was sponsored by World Learning and the US State Department in the Fulbright Specialist Program in Liberia. Wow–A lot of work but so well worth it. We worked with New Sight Eye Center in Paynesville to develop a retina curriculum as part of their certification for ophthalmic nurses. The former President of […] → Continue Reading Fulbright Specialist Program: Training Nurses in Liberia to become Ophthalmic Nurses
Thank you for supporting another venture https://redroverphotography.com that helps us gather funding for the much needed Virtual Reality Ophthalmology Simulators to advance training eye professionals in low income countries.