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William Mapham

The Power List 2017


William Mapham

Registrar at the ophthalmology department of Tygerberg Hospital in Cape TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA; Founder, Vula Mobile

Mapham has served as the Vice Chair of the Rural Doctors Association of South Africa (RuDASA), and previously spent time in New York and Washington D.C. designing mobile phone applications for healthcare. He has published academic articles on the role of innovation and technology in improving healthcare delivery and has extensive experience in rural health care. He is the creator of Vula, a smartphone app that provides healthcare workers with basic ophthalmic diagnostic guidelines, and connects them with an ophthalmologist who can provide advice, respond to queries, and accept referrals in real time. Mapham’s three largest expenses are books, rare cheeses, and crowdfunding for experimental electronic gadgets.


Part of the Power List 2017

Top 50 rising stars

Thanks to the demographics of the developed world, the future of eyecare looks like it will be one of limited resources and rising patient burden.

So who will lead ophthalmology over the next few decades and shape its future? To find out, we asked you, our readers, to vote for ophthalmology’s Top 50 rising stars… and here they are.

Welcome to the 2017 Power List.

In 2018, The Ophthalmologist will be recognising the Top 100 pioneers and game-changers in the field of ophthalmology.

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