A Syrian sunset

An Orbis first: live video consultation with Doctor in Syria

One of our Volunteer Faculty members held a live video consultation with a doctor in Syria last week, showing that technology can help us have an impact in places we would not otherwise be able to reach.

A Cybersight live video consultation

An image taken from the live video consultation

Dr. Dan Neely discussed 4 complex cases with Dr. Wael Hamoudeh from Almouassat University Hospital in Damascus, which continues to operate despite ongoing conflict. Dr. Hamoudeh has been an avid participant in Cybersight, submitting consult cases, taking courses and attending live webinars. A truly inspirational man trying to do his best in difficult circumstances.

Orbis Doctor in Damascus in 1998.

One from the archives: Taken in Damascus in 1998.

Daniel E. Neely, M.D.

Orbis Volunteer Faculty Physician

Orbis’s Cyber­sight allowed Dr Hamoudeh and me to con­duct a vir­tu­al patient care con­fer­ence that was every bit as effec­tive as if we had been in the same room, exam­in­ing the patient togeth­er. This extend­ed pres­ence’ enables Orbis to reach regions that would oth­er­wise be inac­ces­si­ble to our ser­vices, even in coun­tries in the midst of con­flict and insta­bil­i­ty like Syr­ia. I am con­tin­u­al­ly amazed with physi­cians like Dr Hamoudeh and our oth­er glob­al part­ners. Under the very most dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances, they con­tin­ue to strive for excel­lence in their edu­ca­tion and the care of their patients. It is hum­bling for me. I admire their per­se­ver­ance and dedication”

We have a long history of working in Syria prior to the conflict in 2011 so this consultation meant a lot to many of our staff who had visited Aleppo and Damascus with the Flying Eye Hospital.

A beautiful Flying Eye Hospital report from Syria , 2011

Hunter Cherwek

Deputy Chief of Program - Clinical Services

The Cyber­sight team con­tin­ues to impress me with the nov­el ways that Orbis can con­tin­ue to meet the devel­op­ment needs of our part­ners in even the most dif­fi­cult of cir­cum­stances. The his­toric Fly­ing Eye Hos­pi­tal pro­grams in Syr­ia were very spe­cial and the Cyber­sight net­work con­tin­ues to build & main­tain these rela­tion­ships by tai­lor­ing the resources and oppor­tu­ni­ties for such ded­i­cat­ed partners.

This was actually our first ever live video consultation of this kind and it was amazing to watch the two doctors collaborating in such a way, as if they were in the room together.

With your support we can ensure it is the first of many.

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