Our inaugural training mission at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital (KSFH) in Cambodia was a huge success! HEF was honored to work with Dr. Ngy Meng, Director of KSFH and Chairman of the National Program of Eye Health (NPEH); Dr. Do Seiha, Vice Chairman of NPEH and Vice Chairman of Technical Bureau; and Dr. Chhour Long, Head of Ophthalmology at KSFH. A sincere “thank you” to the incredible 3rd year residents, Dr. Kiry Lom Orng and Dr. Namgech Khoem, who helped coordinate this week-long event.
Our 27-member volunteer team, all paying their own expenses to join us, came from Canada, Thailand, the UK, VietNam, and around the US to share lectures, consultations, surgeries, wet labs and skills transfer courses with the future ophthalmologists of Cambodia. A warm “Mahalo” to Faculty Surgeons: Drs. Philip Custer, Allen Eghrari, Charity Grannis, Chirag Jhaveri, Manchima Makornwattana, Deepak Sobti, Prem Subramanian, Pham Nhu Vinh Tuyen, and David Yu; Skills Transfer Faculty Team members: Drs. Uma Chaluvadi, John Corboy, Nathan Hamburger, Jonathan Hantman, Diane Houtman, Bill Hewak, and Susan Ruyle, Ophthalmic Technicians Megan Bergeson, Barbara Elmore, Carly Helm, Willow Post and Dana Stroud; Student Volunteers Austin Couvillion and Carson Yu; and Photographer Julia Miller.
With over 190 trainees, 32 surgeries and 285 patients examined this October, HEF has been asked to return for more! To participate in this ongoing training go Cambodian ophthalmology residents, send a letter of interest along with your CV to darrah@hawaiianeyefoundation.