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Subspecialties Health Economics and Policy, Education and Training

Off the Beaten Track: Lisa Park

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I’m primarily involved with two mission organizations, Vision Care USA and Hospital de la Familia. Vision Care is an organization that holds about 30 eye camps per year in 38 countries throughout the world. We have fully portable machines, microscopes and supplies that we can set up in any location that has access to electricity and running water. I work primarily in Africa, teaching phacoemulsification to ophthalmologists in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and working with the Ophthalmological Society of Ethiopia to develop sustainable eye care systems.

I also volunteer with an organization called Hospital de la Familia, a foundation in California that has built a hospital in Nuevo Progreso, a small town approximately six hours west of Guatemala City. It is equipped so that multi-specialty teams of US surgeons can visit there regularly to provide much needed care.

In many developing countries it is possible to find ophthalmologists in the capital cities where most doctors tend to work. It is in the outlying and remote areas that there is very little access to specialty healthcare.

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Lisa Park

Lisa Park is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center and an Attending Ophthalmologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

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