May 10, 2017 (Chengdu) Dr. Fan is the former chairman of the department of ophthalmology and a leader in the ophthalmology associations in West China. He also is the original host for our trips to Chengdu and SPPH since 2002. Dr. Fan has retired from SPPH and now serves as the Regional President for the Aier Eye Hospitals. They have 136 eye hospitals across China and to my knowledge are the only publicly held company in the world deploying eye clinics/hospitals. I believe they are the largest eye care system globally. We were invited to spend a day with the Aier leadership at their new hospital in eastern Chengdu that opened almost a year ago. Several faculty from SPPH have joined the Aier hospital team and they showed us an impressive hospital, new services they are developing. We were all especially impressed with their dry eye program with hot facial masks, massage chairs and attentive nursing staff. We lost Dr. Slutch there for the better part of the afternoon! They are interested in developing new ways to collaborate with our team throughout their system: first in Chengdu, but expanding it, if it works well. While no logistics were discussed, the opportunity and interest is real and their capacity is large. We were impressed that they have a robust social mission to help those that can't afford care. Dr. Collinge and Dr. Farris presented lectures, and the residents did a grand rounds DMEI-style to demonstrate how we do it. All well received...and then dinner.
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