DREAMERS & DOERS
A LETTER FROM ISRAEL
Dr. Yonina Ron-Kella of Tel Aviv, 2006-2007 recipient of the Roland E. Houle, MD International Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship, writes:
I was delighted to receive a letter from Dr. Houle and to learn that RSI is still committed to its original goals. I’m still amazed by the wonderful opportunity given to me by your organization together with the pediatric ophthalmology department at Boston Children’s Hospital chaired by Dr. Hunter. The experience and excellent education I received cannot be taken for granted and I learn to appreciate it more and more as time passes.
It has been 5 years since I finished my fellowship and returned to Israel. Upon my return I joined the pediatric ophthalmology team at Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel. It is the only comprehensive, highly specialized care hospital of its kind in Israel and in the Middle East, dedicated exclusively to the well-being of all children and adolescents. Schneider Children’s also receives patients from the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, and from as far away as Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe, thus fulfi lling its mandate to serve as a “bridge to peace” in the region. As part of the hospital policy some of these patients are treated on a volunteer basis and I am happy to be a part of it, taking care of underprivileged children from Israel and the region as well as children of illegal foreign workers in Israel.
Together with the other pediatric ophthalmologists we treat children with a wide range of problems, clinically and surgically. I’m very interested in congenital and pediatric cataracts and perform all the cataract surgeries in our hospital. As part of the voluntary work, I hope to be able to travel to undeveloped countries and help children with cataracts. Another dream I have is to be able to take part in the charitable work done at the Palestinian Authority. Unfortunately, the political situation does not allow this at the moment. Hopefully this will all change soon.
I send best regards from Israel. I hope to be able to meet you all again and to thank you personally.
Yonina Ron-Kella, MD