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Volunteer Faculty

Our world renowned Volunteer Faculty are the heartbeat of our training programs, both on the Flying Eye Hospital and in partner hospitals around the world. For nearly 40 years the keystone of our work has been to teach and train eye teams to fight blindness on their own - we couldn't do it without their hard work and dedication.

One of the biggest problems in eye health is the lack of an adequately trained workforce. Our global network of volunteer medical professionals give up their free time each year to share their amazing skills with friends and partners in communities around the world.

In 2020, 126 Volunteer Faculty from 21 countries and regions participated in our work on board the Flying Eye Hospital, in virtual Flying Eye Hospital projects, on Cybersight, and through three training sessions at partner hospitals.

This is the very reason Orbis was formed - to provide ongoing training and support. Comprised of world leading experts in eye health, our global force of 400 volunteer ophthalmologists, nurses, anesthesiologists and biomedical engineers from over 30 countries, share their skills with local teams to help improve the level of eye care for generations to come.

By talking to our partner hospitals and their staff, we create teaching programs tailored specifically for their needs. Our volunteers conduct this training and pass on the tools to undertake more complicated procedures, improve surgical outcomes and most importantly of all, restore sight to those in need of assistance.

Take a look behind the scenes on board the Flying Eye Hospital with our Volunteer Faculty!

Our Volunteer Faculty also mentor people from around the world through our telemedicine platform, Cybersight. With 89% of the globe’s blind population living in low income settings, this training is making eye care more accessible where it’s needed most.

Meet Some of Our Volunteer Faculty

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Mary O'Hara M.D.

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Mary O'Hara M.D.

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Mary O'Hara M.D.

Dr. Mary O’Hara is a pediatric ophthalmologist specializing in strabismus at Davis, University of California, in Sacramento and a long-serving member of our Volunteer Faculty - our team of world leading experts who give up their free time to share their amazing skills.

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Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Andrea Molinari M.D.

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Andrea Molinari M.D.

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Andrea Molinari M.D.

Say hello to Dr. Andrea Molinari, an ophthalmologist who practices in Quito! Dr. Molinari is no stranger to eye care, beginning her practice in 1987. She is now Director of Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus at the Fundacion Metrofraternidad, and an Associate Professor at Univ. Central del Ecuador and Univ. Pontificia del Ecuador.

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Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Donny Suh

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Donny Suh

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Donny Suh

Dr. Donny Suh is a Volunteer Faculty member who has worked with Orbis for over 20 years on 16 sight-saving programs! He is Chief of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. He also teaches at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and treats patients at Nebraska Medicine.

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Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Douglas Fredrick M.D.

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Douglas Fredrick M.D.

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Douglas Fredrick M.D.

Dr. Douglas Fredrick is Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine, Mt. Sinai, New York and has been part of the Orbis family since his first Flying Eye Hospital mission in 1998.

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Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Laura Wayman M.D.

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Laura Wayman M.D.

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Laura Wayman M.D.

Dr. Laura Wayman has been a part of the Orbis Volunteer Faculty family for two years. When she’s not telementoring local eye doctors in South America, she is Vice Chair for Education at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Vanderbilt University Medical Center Nashville, Tennessee.

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Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Roberto Pineda

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Roberto Pineda

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Roberto Pineda

Dr. Roberto Pineda, is assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, and a long-time Volunteer Faculty member specializing in cornea and cataracts.

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Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Rosalind Stevens M.D. MPH

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Rosalind Stevens M.D. MPH

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Rosalind Stevens M.D. MPH

Medical retina and Retinopathy of Prematurity specialist, Dr. Rosalind Stevens, has been volunteering with Orbis for more than 20 years and is one of our longest-serving Volunteer Faculty members.

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Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Rudolph (Rudy) Wagner M.D.

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Rudolph (Rudy) Wagner M.D.

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Rudolph (Rudy) Wagner M.D.

Volunteer Faculty member and pediatric specialist, Dr. Rudy Wagner, is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at Rutgers State, University of New Jersey Medical School. He has been in practice for nearly 40 years and part of the Orbis family since the early 1990s.

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Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Tom Johnson M.D.

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Tom Johnson M.D.

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Tom Johnson M.D.

Meet oculoplastics surgeon Dr. Tom Johnson, a Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami. When he’s not saving sight back at home in Florida, he’s traveling halfway across the world teaching and training eye doctors as one of our dedicated Orbis volunteers.

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Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Will Dean

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Will Dean

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Will Dean

Dr. Will Dean is Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon at Cheltenham General Hospital in the United Kingdom and is a specialist in glaucoma and cataract surgery. Recently, he has turned his attention to passing on his skills with a focus on surgical education and simulation training.

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Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Wallace L.M Alward M.D.

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Wallace L.M Alward M.D.

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Wallace L.M Alward M.D.

Dr. Lee Alward is one of the world's leading Glaucoma experts and has been a member of the Orbis family for more than 20 years. In 2020 he gave more virtual training sessions than any other Orbis Volunteer Faculty.

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Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Monte Del Monte M.D.

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Monte Del Monte M.D.

Heroes of Orbis: Dr. Monte Del Monte M.D.

Dr. Monte Del Monte first volunteered his world-leading skills with Orbis on the first generation DC-8 Flying Eye Hospital back in the 1980s.

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Thanks to your support and the help of our Volunteer Faculty, children can see their parents for the first time; an elderly man regains his vision meaning their grandchild can go to school and no longer needs to be a carer; or a mother can receive surgery and return to work to support her family.

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