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Asia » China » Sichuan » Zigong June 11th 2014

June 11, 2014 (Xigong) Our blindness prevention trip was a bit different than previous years in that we went to a more urban environment to the city of Xigong. It is one of the four largest cities in Sichuan Province, and was selected to have us see, visit and engage with a group there that has committed to blindness prevention programs. I think it served as a great example of the type of relationship building and program development that we'll have to do to address the massive cataract blindness issue. We went on a 2 1/2 hour bus ride to Xigong, and were met by the Hospital Administration on arriving there. We spent our time at Hospital No. 3 where they had started an ophthalmology program from scratch. We had a brief tour of the hospital ... read more
Dr. Sorenson Examines the Retina
Xigong Hospital No. 3
300 year old tree

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 9th 2014

June 9, 2014 (Chengdu) This afternoon was spent with new acquaintances that invited us to the Vision Protection Association of Chengdu (VPAC). This is a group of ophthalmologists, optometrists and opticians along with public health personnel that were organized by the former Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at SPPH. This very nice lady is now 80 years old, practices two days a week, and is revered with Sister Teresa-like respect by her patients and others in the eye care community. The chairman of Sichuan Provincial Hospital #4 was also present. We were asked to share about our prevention work in the Global Eye Care Program, and then had an open question and answer session with the audience with many questions asking us how we do certain things in the US eye care market: how do ... read more
Guest of Honor
Dr. Farris and Dr. Liu translating for him
Dr. Elshatory and Tony (med student from UC Berkley)

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 9th 2014

June 9, 2014 (Chengdu) After an early breakfast on a rainy morning, we strolled over to the SPPH hospital’s 12th floor where the ophthalmology department is based. After reacquainting ourselves with familiar faces, we introduced our team to theirs and began a couple of patient care sessions: the first one was a series of live patients that they wanted to discuss with us and have our input on diagnostic dilemmas and management issues. We went through some tough cases with them: thyroid eye disease in high myopia with severe esotropia in a 45 year old man and an orbital inflammatory case likely due to a systemic lymphoma. Following that, we had six case presentations by their residents and our residents critiquing and working through the cases with them. Its is impressive how well this group has ... read more
Dr. Elshatory
Teaching Rounds
View from SPPH 12th Floor

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 8th 2014

June 8, 2014 (Chengdu) After picking us up at the airport, we were given about 4 hours to recuperate and clean up a bit. I chose to nap most of that time to re-energize and try to rid some of the jet lag, knowing there would be a welcome dinner. I woke up just in time for dinner and we had another wonderful eclectic Sichauanese dinner with 20 different dishes served from veggies to meats (duck, fish, pork, beef) and many things we couldn't identify. As Dr. Farris says..."its all about the texture"...and the spices. The residents were invited out to SPPH (a five minute walk from our hotel) - the hospital where the Chinese residents and faculty are based, and our partner in developing blindness prevention programs in Sichuan. It is a large provincial hospital ... read more
Dr. Man Yu (Mandy)
Night Fishing

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu June 8th 2014

June 8, 2014 (Chengdu) We arrived safe and sound to Chengdu, cleared immigration and customs without a hitch. The staff from SPPH were there to greet us (GI Joe and Tom) and the hospital vans took us and the luggage to the new hotel we're staying in. It is quite close to the hospital (SPPH) - its called the Pairui Hotel Chengdu. I'm not sure why I'm sending you a link to it, because its all in Chinese. :) We have our agenda for the week and will be meeting with residents on Monday, the hospital President for negotiations on Tuesday, then we head out to a city known for its salt mines about 2-3 hours away (Zigong ) to work with the Blindness Prevention program there on Wednesday. In the evening they've planned a tour ... read more

Asia » Hong Kong » Lantau Island June 8th 2014

June 8, 2014 (Hong Kong) We all work up early and went down for an early breakfast at the hotel restaurant. A half hour cab ride will all five of us and all the luggage packed in and we were at Terminal 4 Dragon Airlines. An uneventful check in, quick pass through security and unremarkable pass through immigration and we're at our gate with an hour to spare. Leaving for Chengdu from gate 48 on Dragon Air 0820...should be at our destination by early afternoon. All of China is on a single time zone, so no additional jet lag likely. We are staying at a different hotel this time...we've been used to staying at the Tien Chen Lou for over a decade, so new adventures in figuring out the flow, food, and services. Maybe the midnight ... read more
HKG Gate 48

Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island June 7th 2014

June 7, 2014 (Hong Kong) After a short rest, we took the Hotel shuttle to the Jade Garden restaurant for some mid afternoon dim sum. Using Dr. Lai's purported expertise in Chinese (Mandarin not Cantonese) we ordered the meal and enjoyed the usual variety of traditional dim sum food with a few surprises. With some communication gaps, we finally managed to get bottled water to drink in addition to traditional hot jasmine tea. Satisfied, we walked over to the Star Ferry station and took it over to Hong Kong Island. A quick cab ride and we were at The Peak Tram to go up Victoria's peak. Seemed like 400,000 other people had the same idea this afternoon, so we were in tight quarters for a long time, but finally made it up the peak. The tram ... read more
Star Ferry to Hong Kong Island
Apple Store in Hong Kong
Half way up the Peak Tram

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon June 7th 2014

June 7, 2014 (Kowloon, Hong Kong) We spent some time exploring the harbor front of Hong Kong. To our surprise the url= Kong Dragon Boat Carnival was being held at the harbor front, so it was quite packed with competitors and fans. They blocked off a section of the harbor with a series of barges to protect the racers, then set up the buoy system to mark the lanes. All quite colorful. We met our friend Freddie at the Regency Jewelry store to exchange dollars to yuan (best rate in town). He had moved, and we just happened upon him. Of course we had to peruse the jewels too, but no takers this year. A brief stop to visit Michael at Houston Tailors and some of the guys orders shirts. From there a stroll down Canton ... read more
Dragon Boat Races
Dragon Boat Races
Starting Line

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon June 7th 2014

June 7, 2014 (Kowloon) After a nice restful night we have recuperated from our journey and are looking forward to some exploring in Hong Kong today. Suspect we'll try dim sum, wander to Kowloon Park, then trek up to the ferry for a ride over to Hong Kong Island and the tram up to Victoria's Peak . Forecast is for rain sometime today, so I'm sure we'll get wet somewhere...not that we can tell the difference with the humidity levels here! Breakfast in the hotel was great - nice mix of Western and Asian style foods and fruits.... read more
Checking in to the hotel.
The gang's all here!

Asia » Hong Kong » Kowloon June 6th 2014

June 6, 2014 (Kowloon) A quick Friday evening cab ride from the airport with five of us and all our luggage secured by bungie cords in one cab. We made it to the hotel and checked in by 9:00 pm. Its so impressive to come from the airport and slowly see this amazing city unfold. Such a vertical city. It is hot and humid (I think it always is) but with a clear view of Victoria's peak and we had a glimpse of a sunset as we landed. Immigration was effortless, everyone's luggage made it despite the tight connections and we all are feeling pretty good. Even though I tried not to sleep so I can convert quickly to the 13 hour time zone change, I think I dozed off for a few hours. The flight ... read more

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