Theme: Marriage Between Medicine and Ophthalmology
This features eminent speakers who will entwine updates on systemic diseases including cardiovascular diseases, sickle cell, metabolic, rheumatological and the ophthalmic correlates. In addition to this, we will be having "TED" talks from our visiting guest faculty from Toronto. These "TED" talks will be given by subspecialists and cover pearls in the following Ophthalmic sub specialties; Oculoplastics, Cornea, Glaucoma, Paediatrics, Medical Retina. We will also continue the DRS workshop for training the Diabetic Retinopathy Screeners, which will run simultaneously with the OSJ conference.
This year, the Ophthalmological Society of Jamaica (OSJ) will be honouring Dr Hugh Vaughan with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to Ophthalmology in Jamaica and the Caribbean at our President's Dinner on Friday, March 9th 2018.
In addition, as we have in past years, we will have a simultaneous workshop on Diabetic Retinopathy Screening (DRS) in collaboration with the Vision 2020 Links programme.
Dawn Sim is a consultant ophthalmic surgeon in medical retina and cataract at Moorfields Eye Hospital, and a former chief resident and current clinical lead for diabetic screening there. She has a PhD from the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology for her work on endothelial progenitor cells in retinal vascular diseases and has published extensively on diabetic macular ischemia. She also has a special interest in the area of virtual clinics and teleophthalmology and is working on device-agnostic platforms to facilitate acceleration of new technology into clinical practice.
An ARVO Alcon Early Career Research Award winner in 2016, Dawn is a patent holder for the use of Indocyanine Green Dye for visualization of inflammation. A prolific and successful grant-raiser, Dawn also won the Dermot Pierse prize in 2009 and the 2009 Young Investigator's Award at Asia ARVO in 2007.
Dr. Zubin Saihan
Dr Saihan is a Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK where he is also training director for the Medical Retina service. He works in both the Medical Retina and Cataract services.
Dr Saihan has a PhD in Ophthalmic Genetics from the Institute of Ophthalmology, UCL, London, UK where he is currently an Honorary Research Associate.
Specialist interests: Diabetic retinopathy and other retinal vascular disease, retinal therapies, cataract surgery in the presence of retinal disease, retinal imaging and inherited retinal disease.
Medical School: University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.
Postgraduate training in Ophthalmology: Yorkshire and London Deaneries, UK. 3 years of advanced subspecialist training with fellowships in Medical Retina and Cataract at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Dr Saihan is representing Moorfields Eye Hospital as part of the DR-LINKS project with University Hospital of the West Indies.
Dr. Cavelle Griffiths
"The diabetic retinopathy screening workshop will provide an insight into the long term implications of diabetes, with the main focus on ocular complications, more specifically diabetic retinopathy. As diabetic retinopathy is a major avoidable cause of blindness, that occurs as a result of long-term accumulated damage to the small blood vessels in the retina, it is an important health priority. The workshop will showcase the progress in the development of the National Screening Programme across Jamaica over the last year and touch on the challenges that lie ahead. Diabetes will be discussed as a multi-factorial condition needing an approach from a multi-disciplinary team to successfully combat it's effects.
The workshop should provide you with a better understanding of diabetes and how you can educate those around you on everyday lifestyle changes that could make a huge impact. There will be demonstrations on how to carry out diabetic retinal screening by the trainees currently enrolled in the International Certificate in Diabetic Retinopathy Screening & Grading, and a rundown of the entire screening process, from initial encounter with a diabetic nurse or general practitioner to diagnosis of disease and treatment plan. There will be an overview of recent developments in the field in terms of treatment and systemic management."
Dr. Karsten Kortum
Fellowship in medical retina and cataract Moorfields Eye Hospital, London
Specialist for ophthalmology University Eye Hospital Munich
Participation at European Board of Ophthalmologists Exams Fellow of the European Board of Ophthalmologists (FEBO)
Dr. Asim Ali
Dr. Ali is the Interim Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at The Hospital for Sick Children's Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences and holds the rank of Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. Following a B.A.Sc. Degree in Electrical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, he completed his medical degree and residency training in Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto. He then went on to further postgraduate training with separate fellowships in Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and Cornea and External Disease at Washington University, St. Louis, USA. Since returning to Canada, his practice and clinical research have focused on glaucoma and cornea/external disease disorders in children, as well as paediatric cataract and other anterior segment abnormalities.
At SickKids, Ali is also the Co-Director of the Paediatric Cornea Fellowship, as well Director of Clinical Services for Ophthalmology. In the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto he is the Fellowship Director and Chief of the Paediatric Service.
Dr. Harmeet Gill
Dr. Harmeet S. Gill is a double board-certified oculofacial plastic surgeon that specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive surgical and non-surgical procedures of the eyelids, brows, and face. He is committed to providing exceptional, natural results catered to the customized needs of each individual, while ensuring the treatment experience is relaxed and enjoyable. Dr. Gill is unique as one of a handful of surgeons with highly focused expertise in ophthalmology (eye surgery) and facial plastic surgery. His training and clinical practice is focused exclusively on plastic surgery of the facial structures surrounding the eyes and he performs over 1,500 surgical eyelid/facial procedures each year.
Dr. Gill exercises utmost diligence combining his skills in eye microsurgery and aesthetic facial plastic surgery to deliver safe, consistent, and outstanding results. If three words were used to describe Dr. Gill, they would be: respectful, attentive, and passionate. He takes great pride in his work and lives by the simple philosophy, 'treat others as you would like to be treated'. This philosophy motivates Dr. Gill to constantly learn, validate, and implement the safest and most effective practices that will improve the quality of life for his patients. Outside of medicine, Dr. Gill is an accomplished martial artist (1st Dan black belt; Shotokan karate) and he enjoys music, drawing, sports, and travel.
Dr. Matthew Bujak
Dr. Matthew Bujak is a double board certified ophthalmologist practicing in the Greater Toronto Area. He completed his ophthalmology training at University of Toronto after which he opted to pursue two consecutive fellowships in Cornea, external ocular disease and refractive surgery at renowned centers in the United States. He has developed a practice specializing in corneal disease, cataract surgery, and refractive surgery but welcomes all ophthalmology referrals. He provides all forms of cataract surgery, from standard lenses to premium astigmatism lenses and ultrasound based to laser assisted cataract surgery. Similarly his cornea procedures range from traditional full thickness corneal transplants to the newest laser assisted lamellar corneal transplants.
He is currently a lecturer at University of Toronto and operates both at St.Michael's Hospital and Kensington Eye Institute. He is fluent in English, French and Polish. He received a University wide Humanitarian award for his dedication to patient care. He has a strong interest in international development. As co-director of International Ophthalmology he plans to further expand University of Toronto's role in the developing world.
Dr. Matthew Schlenker
Dr. Matthew B. Schlenker is an Assistant Professor and University of Toronto Glaucoma, Cataract, & Anterior Segment Surgeon at Kensington Eye Institute Center and Toronto Western Hospital. He received his Bachelor's Degree Magna Cum Laude in Economics from Yale University and then worked as a Financial Analyst at Bear Stearns and a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Co. He received his MD with Honours and Ophthalmology training where he was a Chief resident at the University of Toronto. He then completed a Glaucoma and Advanced Anterior Segment Fellowship with Dr. Ike Ahmed and a Master of Science in Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Research interests include observational study design and big data projects related to functional outcomes following cataract and glaucoma surgery, glaucoma surgery comparative analysis, glaucoma and cataract outcome predictive modelling, eye health economics, and other health systems research.
Dr. Radha Kohly
Dr. Radha Kohly received her MD from McMaster University and completed an Ophthalmology Residency at the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto. She is a fellowship-trained medical retina specialist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto. She specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the vitreous and retina.
Dr. Kohly obtained a fellowship in medical retina from Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, England after completing her residency in ophthalmology at the University of Toronto.
Dr. Kohly also has a special interest in the diagnosis and management of inherited retinal diseases and uveitis. She is involved in the screening and treatment of retinopathy of prematurity in the Women & Babies program at Sunnybrook. She performs cataract surgery, with a special interest in patients with retinal diseases. She enjoys teaching and is an important contributor to the post-graduate education of ophthalmology residents.
Dr. Rajeev Muni
Dr. Rajeev Muni has been a staff Vitreoretinal Surgeon at St. Michael's Hospital, The Hospital for Sick Children and the Kensington Eye Institute for the past eight years. Dr. Muni completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Toronto followed by a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery. He was awarded a Detweiler Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for advanced training in Paediatric Vitreoretinal Surgery at the University of Southern California. Dr. Muni went on to complete a Masters Degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health.
Since joining the University of Toronto, Dr. Muni has been the Director of Resident Research and the Chair of the Annual Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences Annual Research Day. He has also served as the Director of Retina Fellow Research at St. Michael's Hospital since 2009 and has recently initiated a Vitreoretinal Clinical Research Fellowship at the University of Toronto. He also sits on the KEI Research Committee. Dr. Muni has been the recipient of several teaching awards over the years including the Dr. Clive Mortimer Executive Award for Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching, the J.S Crawford Teaching Award, and several St. Michael's Hospital Ophthalmology Teaching Awards. He has remained active in clinical research with a keen interest in randomized clinical trials for retinal detachment repair and prospective studies investigating the use of ocular fluid biomarkers to predict disease severity and treatment response for common Vitreoretinal conditions.
Prof. Michael Boyne
Michael Boyne is a Professor of Endocrinology & Metabolism at the Department of Medicine and the Caribbean Institute for Health Research (formerly Tropical Medicine Research Institute), The University of the West Indies and an Honorary Consultant at the University Hospital of the West Indies. He received a BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry and his medical degree (MB.BS) from The University of the West Indies. After his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Virginia Roanoke/Salem Program, he completed a 3-year fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
He was board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of Canada, Edinburgh and London. His research interests include the roles of early life factors, adipocytokines, and cortisol in the development of the metabolic syndrome. He is a member of several associations including the Endocrine Society, Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, and the Caribbean Endocrine Association. He is the current president of the Association of Consultant Physicians of Jamaica.
Prof. Jennifer Knight
Prof. Jennifer Knight-Madden completed medical school at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Her postgraduate training included a residency in Pediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto and a Pediatric Pulmonolgy Fellowship and MSc in Biometry at Duke University Medical School. She then completed her PhD at Kings College, London which examined the role of asthma in the pulmonary complication of sickle cell disease. She is currently undertaking a certificate in Implementation Science at the University of California San Francisco. She is the Director of the Sickle Cell Unit, Caribbean for Health Institute Research, University of the West Indies. She is the author of two book chapters and several articles in peer reviewed journals. She is passionate about making newborn screening and early childhood care for affected children available to all Jamaican, and indeed Caribbean, children.
Dr. Stacy Davis
Dr. Stacy Davis is a graduate of the Faculty of Medical Sciences, University of the West Indies, Mona where she obtained her MBBS in 2001. During her medical training she was a recipient of the Bustamante Foundation Award and Shell Company West Indies Jamaica Limited Scholarship. She completed her Internal Medicine residency at the University of Virginia/Carilion Clinic and her Rheumatology fellowship at the Medical College of Georgia.
Dr Davis has published papers on various autoimmune diseases including sarcoidosis, demyelinating disease associated with biologic therapy and osteoporosis along with presenting at many conferences. She was a Faculty speaker for Abbott Pharmaceutical Company while practicing in the USA.
She is currently board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Rheumatology. She is a member of the American College of Rheumatology and the Caribbean Association of Rheumatology. She is also a past member of the UWI Medical Alumni Association, Central Florida Chapter and the Florida Society of Rheumatology. She is immediate past president of the Lupus Foundation of Jamaica.
Dr. Davis is a part time consultant in the Department of Medicine at the University Hospital of the West Indies and also cares for patients in private practice. She manages patients with general rheumatologic disorders including lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, degenerative disc disease, gout, Sjogrens, vasculitis, bursitis, inflammatory spondyloarthropathies, sarcoidosis, uveitis and osteoporosis.
Dr. Lisa Leo Rhynie
Dr. Leo-Rhynie graduated from the University of the West Indies with an MBBS. She went to Glasgow, Scotland where she studied Ophthalmology, and attained FRCOphth.
She returned to Jamaica, and worked at the Kingston Public Hospital.
She now has a private, general ophthalmology practice in New Kingston.
Dr. Lizette Mowatt
Dr Mowatt is a graduate of the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Jamaica. She did her postgraduate studies in Ophthalmology at the Birmingham and Midland Eye Centre, Birmingham, UK. After completion of her Ophthalmology training, she did a Vitreoretinal surgery fellowship in Birmingham, England, before returning to Jamaica.
She has presented in international, regional and local scientific conferences and published in several peer reviewed scientific journals including writing 2 book chapters. In 2013 she received the American Academy of Ophthalmologist's (AAO) International Ophthalmologist Education Award and was awarded the AAO's International Scholar Award in 2015.
Presently she is the Consultant Vitreoretinal Surgeon at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Head, Ophthalmic Division, UHWI, Senior Lecturer and Programme co ordinator for the DM Ophthalmology residency programme at the University of the West Indies (Mona). She is the immediate Past President of Ophthalmological Society of the West Indies (OSWI) and is the present President of the Ophthalmological Society of Jamaica (OSJ). Her sub specialty interests are in Diabetic and Sickle Cell retinopathy.
Dr. Hugh Vaughan
Dr. Hugh Vaughan attended Kingston College, and graduated from UWI Medical School. He began Ophthalmology at UWI, and later became a registrar at KPH in 1976.
He went to the UK to pursue postgraduate qualifications, and attained his FRCS in 1978. He worked as a Consultant at the Royal Victoria Eye Infirmary in Paisley, Scotland, before returning to Jamaica to work at the Kingston Public Hospital.
Dr. Vaughan made huge strides in modernizing the practice of Ophthalmology with teaching and innovation.
He now works in private practice and continues to teach us all.
He is married to Elaine, has four sons and five grandchildren, and loves photography and bird watching.
Dr. Claudine Green
Dr. Claudine Green was born in St Andrew, Jamaica
Attended the University of the West Indies where she obtained her Bachelors in Science and MB BS degrees
She specialized in ophthalmology in the United Kingdom and returned to Jamaica in 2000 to head the Department of Ophthalmology at the Cornwall Regional Hospital. Dr Green is an Associate Lecturer at the University of the West Indies and Medical Director of the Community Vision Centre of Excellence in Albion, Montego Bay St. James. She shares private practice with her husband Dr. Selbourne Hemmings an ENT Head and Neck Surgeon at The Eye Ear Nose and Throat Centre located at Freeport Shopping Centre, Freeport, Montego Bay. She has two daughters.
Prof. Sherif El Defrawy
Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences, University of Toronto
Dr. Elethia Dean
Dr. Elethia Dean has more than 20 years experience in the health care industry, including clinical and administrative experience in acute and ambulatory care settings.
Dr. Elethia Dean has held positions as Case Manager/Charge Nurse, Data Analyst for Utilization Management, Instructor and Ambulatory Surgery Center Director of Nursing.
Amelia has 18 years of INGO experience. Her principal focus has been program design, management and implementation in the public health sector. Past programs have included water and sanitation, public private partnerships, nutrition, maternal newborn and child head, and eye care. In all of these areas, Amelia has specifically focused on interventions that target children under-five and the related influencers to their health and well-being. For the past 11 years, Amelia has managed portfolios with a strong emphasis on innovation, training and capacity building for medical professionals, hospital administrators and NGO professionals. Previous to joining Orbis, Amelia has worked with several emergency and development organizations, including Action Against Hunger - USA, the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank Water and Sanitation program, and Concern Worldwide. Amelia has implemented projects throughout Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and has lived in Senegal, Kenya, South Africa, Sierra Leone and Peru.
1995-1999 Graduated in WUHAN nursing school, HUBEI medical university school majoring of advanced nursing.
2013-2016 Obtained degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing in Wu Han University.
I joined ORBIS INTERNATIOANL FLYING EYE HOSPITAL in August 2010 as a Staff Nurse, my main responsibility is to work in Operating Theater in scrubbing and circulating, I also work in Sterilization Room, Recovery Room if there is a demand. As an Orbis nurse, I am also taking responsibility in managing anesthetic Supply Chain Management, Planning & organizing training program with partner hospitals in developing countries. With ORBIS FLYING EYE HOSPITAL, I Have been worked with partner hospitals which involved in different training activities in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ethiopia, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Mongolia, Peru, El-Salvador, Barbados, etc.
Prior to ORBIS job, I have worked in Specialized Medical Center Hospital in Saudi Arabia for 2 years and Wuhan Aier eye hospital for 5 years in China as an operating room nurse.
Maria Montero, MD
Maria Jose completed her 3-year residency in ophthalmology at the Asociacion Para Evitar la Ceguera in Mexico also known as APEC. In 2013, she started her subspecialty year in anterior segment of the eye which mostly refers to complicated and difficult cataract surgery; she participates in campaigns to do free cataract surgery in places that do not often have access to it.
Maria was the teaching chief in a hospital in Mexico City in 2016 where she oversaw the subspecialty in cataract surgery. Her major interests are cataract surgery and glaucoma. Maria joined the FEH team January 2017. Since then she has successfully led programs in Bangladesh, Barbados and Mongolia and participated in FEH programs in Vietnam, Cameroon, China, Ethiopia and Peru.
Maria became the FEH head ophthalmologist in November 2018 , in her new role she now oversees the ophthalmology component of every FEH program.
Dra. Linda Alejandra Cernichiaro Espinosa
Dr. Cernichiaro Espinosa is an ophthalmologist specializing in Retina and Vitreous and Pediatric Retina. Currently she co-directs a Pediatric Retina unit at a major ophthalmological referral center in Mexico City. She also runs a private practice at Oftalmologia Integral and Retina Kids Mx also focused on retinal pathologies such as diabetic retinopathy, retinal detachment, retinopathy of prematurity, retinoblastoma and age-related macular degeneration. Her main focus is to integrate ophthalmological management with the systemic state in a multi-disciplinary manner. She has authored several indexed articles and book chapters concerning retinal diseases in pediatrics.
Flying Eye Hospital Staff
Jacqueline obtained a nursing diploma from Johannesburg Hospital Training School for Nurses in South Africa in 1988. She obtained the Operating Theatre Nursing Science Diploma in 1991 and worked as an operating theatre nurse for four years at hospitals associated with Netcare in Cape Town. Jacqueline worked at King Khalid Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyhad, Saudi Arabia, for five and a half years as an operating theatre nurse, and worked at Bougainvillea Clinic, British Virgin Islands, for one year as an operating theatre nurse in plastic surgery. Jacqueline worked at the Tygervalley Waterfront Eye Laser & Cataract Centre in Belleville, South Africa, as a nursing manager before joining the FEH team in June 2008.
Dr. Lizette Mowatt
Dr Mowatt is a UK trained Vitreoretinal Surgeon. She is the OSJ President (2015-2019). Previously President of OSWI (2012-2014), Head of the Ophthalmology Division at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) and Programme co-ordinator of the DM Ophthalmology Residency programme (Mona campus), University of the West Indies. She is actively involved in training medical students and residents. Her focus has included improving the quality of Eye Care in Jamaica and continued training not only of doctors but of Ophthalmic nurses and Ophthalmic assistants. She has worked with VISION 2020 Links to establish the first Diabetic Retinopathy Screening Programme at the UHWI and has assisted with training and certification of the Ministry of Health's Diabetic Retinopathy screeners and graders. Dr Mowatt has presented at local, regional and international conferences (USA, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia). She has published in several peer reviewed scientific journals including writing several book chapters. Her subspecialist area is retina within which she has a special interest in Diabetic retinopathy.
Dr. Andreas Di Luciano
Staff Ophthalmologist Flying Eye Hospital
Dr. Andreas Di Luciano is an ophthalmologist specializing in Cataract, Simulation and Surgical training. Currently he works as staff ophthalmologist in the Flying Eye Hospital- Orbis international.
His is strong in research and teaching, he has presented clinical cases and studies at national and international congresses, addressing different ophthalmic topics such as cornea, cataracts, training and glaucoma. He has authored several indexed articles and book chapters concerning cataract surgery, simulation in ophthalmology and cornea diseases.
Omar Salamanca MD, MSc
Staff Ophthalmologist, Flying Eye Hospital
Graduated in Medicine, Epidemiology and Ophthalmology Universidad del Valle (Cali Colombia), Fellow in glaucoma at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (USA) and the Barraquer Institute from Barcelona (Spain.) Member of several ophthalmic associations and with clinical practice in public and private institutions. Appointed as Editor in Chief of the Journal of Colombian Society of Ophthalmology in 2014. Because of his interest in global ophthalmology, Dr. Salamanca joined Orbis and have designed, implemented and executed ophthalmological education programs in countries in America, Asia and Africa.
Dr Sajeevika Amarakoon MB;BS
Graduated from the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus in 2007 with a Bachelors in Medicine, Bachelors of Surgery (M.B., B.S.). Completed postgraduate training in Ophthalmology at the University of the West Indies, St. Paul's Eye Unit/ Alder Hey Children's Hospital (Liverpool, UK) and the Royal Stoke University Hospital (Stoke-on-Trent, UK). Currently completing a Fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology at the Bristol Eye Hospital and Postgraduate Certification in Medical Education at the University of Bristol. Subspecialty interests include Paediatric and Neuro-Ophthalmology.
Kimberly McQuaid, COMT
Certified Ophthalmic Medical Technician
Kim has been involved in almost every aspect of ophthalmic care in her 30 year career and teaching is what she loves the most. First joining the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital as a volunteer in 2012 then as the staff Allied Health Technician in 2018, she has conducted training programs for ophthalmic officers, nurses, assistants, technicians, and residents all over the world. She is also actively involved in training assistants and technicians at her home base --Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, NH. From basic anatomy and history taking to advanced diagnostics and imaging, Kim loves to provide new and established ophthalmic personnel with a solid foundation, skills, and continuing education for the important role of taking care of people's eyes.
Miss Alana Calise, Program Manager, Flying Eye Hospital, holds a Master of Public Health degree in Global Health from the Boston University School of Public Health. Alana has over five years of experience working in the public health care sector for NGOs. Her principal experience includes designing, managing, implementing, and monitoring public health projects in development and clinical environments. Alana's past roles have focused on Maternal & Child Health, Sexual & Reproductive Rights, and Infectious Disease Treatment & Prevention. Alana joined Orbis and the global fight to end avoidable blindness in March 2018.
Hunter Cherwek, MD
Vice President of Clinical Services
Dr. Hunter is a graduate of the University of the North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He received his MD at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Hunter completed his ophthalmology residency at Emory University where he served as chief resident. After completing his residency, he spent 6 years with ORBIS International as a staff ophthalmologist and medical director on board the DC-10 Flying Eye Hospital and has worked in over 25 countries. Dr. Hunter rejoined Orbis and the FEH team in 2017 as the Deputy Chief of Clinical Services. His research and career interests include international blindness prevention programs, distance learning, telemedicine, and surgical training. Dr. Hunter got promoted in December 2018 as the Vice President of Clinical Services; in this role, he continues to oversee the FEH, Telehealth, and Hospital Based Trainings while focusing on his passion and mission to fight avoidable blindness around the world.
Flying Eye Hospital Director
Maurice Geary has over 13 years of experience in the INGO sector in the field of logistics and supply chain management. Maurice worked on emergency and post-conflict programs while focusing on emergency distribution management. He also served as a Logistics Advisor providing support on international procurement and logistics best practices to multiple INGO country offices. Maurice has qualifications in Humanitarian Logistics and Medical Supply Chain Management from the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, UK. Prior to assuming his new role of FEH Director in July 2018, Maurice joined Orbis International in 2015 as the Senior Advanced Logistics Manager for the FEH under the aircraft operations department.
Antonio Jaramillo, MD
Director of Clinical Services
With over 20 years of experience in ophthalmology, Antonio graduated from University of Antioquia Medical School in 1997 and worked as a general practitioner for one year. Antonio completed his 3-year residency in Ophthalmology in 2002 and joined San Vicente de Paul Fundacion Hospital, one of the biggest major trauma hospitals in Colombia where he was involved in emergencies, trauma surgeries and other specialties. Antonio also participated in major campaigns screening diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma cases in Columbia. He also worked for a charity named Fundacion San Vicente de Paul for 8 years serving for the underprivileged communities. Antonio was also a Corneal fellow at Queen Victoria Hospital, UK. Antonio is interested in cornea and ocular surface pathologies. Antonio joined Orbis and the FEH team in June 2014.
Angela Purcell, R.N.
Flying Eye Hospital, Head Nurse
With over 30 years of experience in nursing, Angela worked in the general theatres for several years and has always been passionate about eye care surgery. As a seasoned ophthalmic nurse, Angela served in major hospitals such as Moorfield's Eye Hospital in the UK and Wallace Eye Block in New Zealand. Angela also worked for 10 years at the University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust as the Ophthalmic Specialty Leader, managing both the ophthalmic theatres and Day Unit, actively participating in the setting up of two satellite units in meeting the objectives of the National Action on Cataract project, and coordinating the main theatre complex with 11 specialties serving 25 theaters. Angela holds a nursing certificate from Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge as well as an ophthalmic scrub certificate followed by an ophthalmic specialist nurse diploma. Angela joined Orbis in July 2013 and continues to spread her passion for eye health care all over the world with the FEH.
Dr. Lisa Leo Rhynie
Dr. Leo-Rhynie graduated from the University of the West Indies with an MBBS. She went to Glasgow, Scotland where she studied Ophthalmology, and attained FRCOphth.
She returned to Jamaica, and worked at the Kingston Public Hospital.
She now has a private, general ophthalmology practice in New Kingston.
Dr. Don Swaby
Graduated from Kings College Medical School London.
Completed ophthalmic training at the Birmingham and Midland Eye centre and awarded the CCST.
Completed advanced surgical training in external eye diseases at Moorfield's Eye Hospital, London and St Georges Hospital, London. This was followed by a glaucoma fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital.
Research interests in the UK included the management of limbal stem cell deficiency and use of glaucoma drainage devices.
Currently employed as a consultant at the UHWI and specialize in glaucoma and anterior segment pathologies. Main interests include the surgical management of glaucoma, treatment of severe chemical injuries and corneal grafts.
Dr. Angela Mattis
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Dr. Elethia Dean
Dr Elethia Dean has > 20 years experience in the health care industry, including clinical and administrative experience in acute and ambulatory care settings. Holding positions as Case Manager/Charge Nurse, Data Analyst for Utilization Management, Instructor and Ambulatory Surgery Center Director of Nursing. My experience in Infection Control, Quality Management, Risk Management and Benchmarking surpasses many in the industry. BSc in Nursing from Youngstown State University, Ohio, MBA. Member of AORN, APIC, ASOA, ASORN presenting at local, regional and national meeting and writing for Outpatient Surgery Magazine, Administrative Eyecare, Insight and Journal of the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses.
Dr. Peter Moore
Peter Gordon Moore, MB BS, PhD, FANZCA, FCICM
Professor and Chair Emeritus
Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
University of California Davis Health
Dr. Moore is a practicing academic anesthesiologist with over 40 years of clinical experience with specialty expertise in critical care medicine, trauma care, pediatric anesthesia, cardiothoracic anesthesia and all aspects of general/regional anesthesia.
Dr. Moore is a medical graduate of The University of Sydney School of Medicine (1971) with a Ph.D. in Human Physiology from The University of Newcastle Faculty of Medicine in cardiovascular physiology.
Dr. Moore is a Fellow of the Faculty of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and a Fellow of the College of Intensive Care Medicine. Following postgraduate training, Dr. Moore served as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology at the University of California in San Francisco in 1977-8.
Dr. Moore was appointed as a Staff Specialist in Intensive Care and Anesthesia at the Royal Newcastle Hospital (RNH) in Newcastle, Australia from November 1978 to February 1990. He was appointed Director of Intensive at the RNH in 1983, which also encompassed serving as the medical director for aeromedical transport for the Hunter Health Region in NSW.
Dr. Moore took up an academic appointment at the University of California, Davis School of Medicine wherein he practiced as a research scientist, critical care specialist, cardiothoracic anesthesiologist, pediatric anesthesiologist.
Dr. Moore was appointed as the Chair of the Department responsible for all clinical teaching and research programs in anesthesiology and pain medicine at UC Davis Health from 1996 to 2016.
Dr. Moore was the Founding Medical Director of the Center for Virtual Care, a major center for simulation education at UC Davis Health.
Dr. Moore was appointed an Emeritus Professor on retirement in July 2018 and continues to practice anesthesiology at UC Davis and with Orbis International Flying Eye Hospital.
Dr. Moore has international experience having served as a volunteer anesthesiologist and teacher in Malaysia, China, Bangladesh, Vietnam, the Philippines, Panama, Barbados, Cameroon, Jamaica, Ghana and Peru.
Dr. Moore has an abiding interest in patient safety in the perioperative period, which has directed much of his research, administrative and clinical activities and his commitment to medical simulation and training.
Mr Louis Bolter
Mr Louis Bolter, BA, MSc (Hons) works as Programme Manager at Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, of the North East London Diabetes Eye Screening Programme. North East London is the second largest diabetes eye screening programme in England. The programme is based in one of the most deprived areas of the country and achieves excellent uptake. Louis has been programme manager for six years in which time it has more than doubled in size. In 2017 he obtained a Masters in diabetic retinopathy screening from Warwick Medical School, ,winning a Faculty Award. Louis is part of the VISION 2020 Links project representing Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust with partners in Jamaica.
Mrs Vaishali Mehmi BSc(Hons) MCOptom
Clinical Optometrist & Assistant Clinical Manager for NELDESP, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Having worked as an Optometrist for almost 20 years, Vaishali has had wide-ranging experience within the field of Optometry. She has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital within the Congenital Cataract service fitting contact lenses to newborns. She also has experience in triaging community ophthalmology referrals from General Practitioners before referring on appropriate patients to the Hospital Eye Service. Furthermore, Vaishali has enjoyed the opportunity to help set up a community glaucoma service for patients with the condition who are stable.
At the Homerton Hospital, Vaishali is involved in organising Multi-Disciplinary Training days where the team has a chance to get together, share knowledge, exchange experiences and listen to interesting talks from outside key note speakers. She is also a senior retinal grader and uses the process of arbitration to help encourage teamwork within the grading team and foster an environment in which hard work and commitment is valued.
In her spare time she coaches both cricket and hockey and as a head coach works hard to promote self-belief and aspiration which she feels are fundamental to learning new skills and excelling at any level.
INFECTION CONTROL SYMPOSIUM FOR NURSES & MEDICAL PERSONNEL
The Ophthalmological Society of Jamaica is pleased to collaborate with The Flying Eye Hospital ORBIS team to present a workshop on Infection Control. This will be a 2-day course which is designed specifically for nurses and will be held simultaneously as the OSJ conference.
Please note although this workshop has been designed for nurses, it will be of great benefit to all allied health personnel working in the hospitals and private offices and theatres.
The programme will comprise of a 2-day workshop on infection control for all medical personnel and allied health professional (Day 1) and Infection Control for the Surgical Nurse (Day 2).
Hospital acquired infections remain a major issue around the globe with 14 out of every 100 patients acquiring a healthcare associated infection during their treatment. The rates of infection being highest in low and middle-income countries. Orbis International Infection Control Workshop wishes to contribute to the reduction in this rate by developing robust, clear standards for infection control covering the following key areas:
Introduction to Nosocomial Infection
Education on Universal Precautions for Infection Control, Including:
Personal protective equipment
Environmental cleaning and decontamination
Risk management monitoring
Medical waste management
Gloving and Gowning
Orbis Safe Site Surgery Checklist
Cleaning, disinfection and sterilization
By the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:
Identify infection control standards
List actions to prevent the contamination to the surgical wound and prevent infection
Describe appropriate handling of surgical instruments, including cleaning, disinfection and sterilization
Describe the use of the Orbis surgical safety checklist (adapted from the WHO safe site surgery checklist)
SYMPOSIUM ON INFECTION CONTROL March 9th, 2018
Norman Manley Suite, Jamaica Pegasus
Nursing Council of Jamaica has approved 5 CME for March 9th and 6 CME for March 10th 2018