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Community Involvement

Dr. Matthew Tennant and a surgical team of nurses, biomedical engineers and telemedicine specialists from the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton will be travelling to Douala, Cameroon, Africa in April, 2013 to assist Dr. Emmanuel Tambe (former retina fellow from the University of Alberta) open the first surgical retina unit in Cameroon.

More About The Trip to Cameroon

Dr. Chirag Shah has volunteered countless hours at health and eye camps in India performing hundreds of surgeries for people who do not have the means or opportunity to otherwise receive health care services.  Through the Blind People’s Association (BPA), Chirag has worked to fund equipment to provide comprehensive eye care services.  Chirag volunteers his time at the Calgary Refugee Centre to enhance medical service by adding ophthalmology services for refugees to Canada that would otherwise not have access to such care.  Chirag volunteers his time to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta and Alberta Innovates, specifically to the Research Ethics Review Program, which protects the public by enabling scientific and ethical review of research proposals submitted by registered Alberta physicians conducting research involving human subjects.  Chirag is a member of the Calgary Employer Council for Immigrants (CECI).

Dr. Mark Greve was instrumental in founding the first retina fellowship program at the University of Alberta. Working in collaboration with the Srikiran Eye Institute in Kakinada, India Dr. Greve led the training of Dr. Teja Dhupam who returned to Kakinada as the first locally based retina specialist. Dr. Greve continues to volunteer his time by travelling to India to work with Dr. Dhupam in providing retina care to the people of Kakinada.

Dr. Amin Kherani travels to Nairobi, Kenya to work at the Aga Khan University Hospital and train the next generation of Kenyan Ophthalmologists. This collaboration has strengthened retina care for the people of Kenya.

Dr. Anna Ells travels to India on a regular basis to work with local ophthalmologists to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of paediatric retinal diseases such as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). A world leader in ROP Dr. Ells is currently working with researchers from the United States on the development of a telemedicine based ROP screening program that would help to reduce or eliminate avoidable cases of blindness.

The Retina Society of Alberta strongly supports such international endeavors that lead to sustainable retina services in developing countries.

For more in-depth stories click here: http://www.retina-alberta.ca/about/community/making-a-difference