Chengdu, China (May 16, 2019) San Francisco weather caused incoming flight delays. This year's team was made up of faculty and residents from the Dean McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City, two ophthalmologists from Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco and myself from New York. The OKC team was delayed four hours in Denver because of SFO weather and missed the flight from SFO to Chengdu literally by minutes. Both planes were on the ground at the same time and the international flight was delayed to verify the passengers' luggage, but still could not let them on as the flight was closed already. As a result they'll have one more stop through Beijing first...and be arriving tomorrow night. The ripple continues as they will be delayed getting to our first blindness prevention clinic in Xichang. The Kaiser pair made it to the flight, so the three of us might be quite busy with screening exams! Too little time left to get a hotel in SFO, so that team will spend the night in SFO airport and leave in about hours to Beijing. Its never dull - some spontaneity to keep us nimble!
Ophthalmologist joining a medical team providing clinical care and academic exchange programs in Asia, Africa and Latin America to support development of blindness prevention programs including clinical care, educational exchanges and research activities - coordinated through a team of amazing eye care professionals in government, academic, private practice and international non-governmental organization (INGOs) settings across the globe. All in the pursuit of eliminating avoidable blindness and vision loss. ... full info