Passionate about patient care, Dr. Ryan Fante relishes ophthalmology´s ability to positively impact people´s lives.
“Our efforts are really meaningful to patients considering the importance of vision to quality of life,” he pointed out. “Ophthalmology offers the perfect mix of surgical and clinical patient care combined with a high-tech dimension that I enjoy.”
With plans to reach out to all levels of industry, Jim Mazzo, Chairman of the Foundation´s new Corporate Relations Committee, recently shared an inclusive and exciting vision for industry outreach.
“We intend to broaden the foundation´s focus beyond just the large companies that have traditionally been our big supporters,” said Mazzo. “Small and mid-sized companies, which make up the majority of our industry, are important potential partners for the foundation.”
Mazzo knows his broader approach will present educational challenges.
The second annual ASCRS Foundation/TearLab Run for Sight in Boston raised over $34,000 for the foundation´s ongoing humanitarian programs both here at home and in Ethiopia.
With Boston Harbor and the city skyline as a backdrop, over 400 runners registered for the 5 kilometer run and 1 mile walk on Boston´s Castle Island. Bart Jaeren of Murcia, Spain finished first overall with a time of 16:55.0 and Madeleine O´Meara of San Francisco and Katy Hatch of Boston led the way for the women with a time of 19:34.
ASCRS Foundation Research grant winner, Bradford Lee, MD, is investigating the effects of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy on the full spectrum of eye disease, including ocular rosacea, meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), and dry eye syndrome (DES).
The ASCRS Foundation leadership announced the formation of three new committees to oversee its growing project agenda. The Foundation will also simplify its overall mission to address two major goals – providing charitable eyecare in the U.S. and the Developing World, and becoming a more significant educational provider for ophthalmologists, partner organizations, and the general public.
The Foundation’s restructuring includes new committees that will focus on domestic, international and corporate relations project agendas.
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International and Bausch + Lomb marked World Sight Day 2013 with a $50,000 donation to the ASCRS Foundation.
Earmarked to advance the foundation’s educational mission, the donation will enable an expansion of the foundation’s public awareness programs aimed at improving understanding and knowledge of ophthalmology and eye health.
The ASCRS Foundation inaugurated its new Robert Sinskey Eye Institute in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on August 27, 2013. Foundation Governing Board member, David F. Chang, MD, represented the foundation. The ceremony was attended by friends, local officials, and members of the Addis Ababa healthcare community, and was covered by the local and national Ethiopian press.
Prior to the opening of the new Robert Sinskey Eye Institute, ASCRS member Stewart Van Horn, MD of Duncanville, Pennsylvania, visited the facility in Addis Ababa Ethiopia where he spent several days working with the Institute's staff.
"I taught phacoemulsification at the Sinskey Eye Institute, spending three days with the two staff surgeons, which gave me a great up-close perspective. The physical plant is brand new and very impressive. The surrounding clinic spaces are occupied by other specialties so that patients have access to a variety of excellent medical care.