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May 3, 2016

Emory Eye Center Fellows in Ethiopia March 2016

Residents Caroline Cromelin, MD (3Y) and John Morgan Micheletti, MD (1Y) performing surgery at Emory Eye Center's Global Ophthalmology Emory partner institution, the University of Addis Ababa, in Ethiopia, Africa, March 2016.

$150,000 Gift from Alcon Foundation Establishes Global Ophthalmology Fellowship

(ATLANTA) The Alcon Foundation has pledged $150,000 to Emory Eye Center to establish a Global Ophthalmology Emory (GO-E) Fellowship. The fellowship, one of only four in the nation, will provide first-person clinical experience in both local and international settings and a strong research foundation in ophthalmic public health issues.

Emory Eye Center, which consistently ranks as one of the top ophthalmology centers in the U.S., has one of the most sought-after fellowship training programs for ophthalmology subspecialties. The two-year fellowship will include enrollment in public health courses at the prestigious Rollins School of Public Health, ranked #7 in U.S. News & World Report’s top public health programs. 

The fellow will serve as an attending physician in ophthalmology at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. This inner-city hospital’s trauma center and large, diverse patient population offers doctors valued opportunity to treat common to rare eye diseases and disorders and their complications and to navigate the challenges of providing care to under-insured patient populations. Additionally, the GO-E Fellow will spend a year delivering clinical care with our partner institution, the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and conducting novel research on barriers to access of quality vision care and sustainable solutions to overcoming these challenges. 

“The prevalence of vision loss in populations with limited access to eye care at home and abroad is profound,” says Danny Haddad, GO-E’s director. “The Alcon Foundation’s vision and generosity will help put next-generation leadership to work solving problems of delivery of ophthalmic care, will push clinical and surgical skills for the fellows, and will leave a lasting legacy by training local physicians and allied health workers.”  

Interested ophthalmologists will find application information and guidelines for applying for the fellowship at eyecenter.emory.edu/global-fellowship.

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