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

Dateline Manila, Philippines

DrDatoGualberto E. Dato, 2010 Restoring Sight International Fellowship awardee, completed his three month period of advanced training in Pediatric Optometry at Children’s Hospital Boston. He is pictured here receiving his certificate from David G. Hunter, MD/PhD, Ophthalmologist-in-Chief and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Dato is currently Chief of Optometry at the Asian Eye Institute in Manila where he applies his skills in the service of indigent patients while continuing his practice.

GROUP WITH FAJARDO-400Norman Fajardo, 2005-2006 recipient of the Roland E. Houle, MD International Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Boston specializes in Pediatric Ophthalmology (cataracts, amblyopia, strabismus, glaucoma and oculoplastics) and Adult Strabismus. Since returning to the Philippines, Dr. Fajardo (shown at right with RSI officers and Children’s Hospital Boston faculty) has also been active in clinical research in these areas. He is currently a consultant at the Asian Eye Institute, the Philippine Children’s Medical Center, and the Department of Health Eye Center (East Avenue Medical Center) where he conducts outpatient consults, performs surgical procedures and supervises service patient clinics and surgeries. His background in Public Health is a valuable asset that allows him to adapt to a variety of working conditions and be a strong, effective advocate of childhood blindness prevention.

DRJESS-1-450Jesse B. Caguioa, OD was recipient of the 2003 Visual Rehabilitation Fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is currently the Low Vision Specialist of the Asian Eye Institute where he also serves as Chief Optometrist and Director for Vision Rehabilitation. A Founding Fellow of the Philippine College of Optometrists which he has served as Vice-President and President, he is also a Member of the American Academy of Optometry and serves as Clinical Preceptor at various schools of optometry in the Philippines. He was a Past National President of the Optometric Association of the Philippines, Clinical Instructor at the Manila Central University College of Optometry, and an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the Cebu Doctors College of Optometry. In 1997, he was appointed by the Commission on Higher Education as Faculty Representative of the Technical Panel on Optometric Education, responsible for the formulation of the new 6-year Optometry curriculum. His clinical and research interests include low vision, contact lenses and ocular prosthetics.
Dateline São Paolo, Brazil

fellows-Brazil-RSI_NEEC_Jul08Drs. Leonardo and Dinorah Castro from São Paolo, Brazil, 2008-2009 recipients of the International Ophthalmology Research Fellowship established by RSI with a bequest from James and Rita Chambos of Williamsville, NY returned to their homeland after a one-year stint at the New England Eye Center / Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston where Leonardo further honed his skills in retina and vitreous surgery and Dinorah specialized in glaucoma. The husband-and-wife team who both received their medical degrees from the Federal University of Sao Paolo have established their medical practice at the MediClin in the São Carlos area where they also provide eye care services pro bono to the needy members of the community. Leonardo also practices at the Centro Brasileiro de Especialidades Oftalmologicas while Dinorah also maintains an active profile in glaucoma research and has co-authored a number of publications on diabetic, ghost cell and traumatic glaucomas. Photo shows the couple flanked by RSI Directors and Ophthalmology Faculty Members of Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dateline Santiago, Chile

Cristian Salgado, MD who was the 2007-2008 recipient of the Roland E. Houle, MD International Pediatric Ophthalmology Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Boston currently practices at the Department of Ophthalmology of the Clinica UC San Carlos Clinic de Apoquindo in Santiago, Chile.

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