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Asia » China » Sichuan May 7th 2017

May 7, 2017 (Shuimo, Wenchuan County, Sichuan) Sunday morning after breakfast, the SPPH hospital van took us to a recently opened feature near Shuimo, a town located in the area affected by the massive and devastating 2008 Earthquake. It is a historic area that has largely been reconstructed, and a recent project is a valley walk along a stream down a steep Renji Ximu mountain valley. It is a demanding hike, even going down hill, although the paths are well maintained. At the peak of the valley and in selected slopes along the way are massive fields of flowers that color the landscape. The site opened this April and none of our hosts had seen it before. Renji Ximu Valley Scenic Area (Chinese translation: vision of an earthly paradise) is located in an area surrounding Shouxi ... read more
Tibetan Prayer Tower
Prayer Barrels
Needlepoint on the Lawn

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu May 6th 2017

The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is a large, beautiful and impressive facility in the outskirts of Chengdu, close to where we had done the vision screening program earlier in the day. It is a popular place on weekends, and always a highlight for newcomers to the team. Located north of Chengdu on the Futou Mountain, it has rivers, lakes, brooks, ornamental green lawns and greens, wild bamboo forests and, woods, man-made dens, rocks, caves and plant pits that simulate the panda’s natural environment. The landscape creates a natural and mentally healthy environment for the pandas and it has been a successful breeding program for the threatened species. We spent a beautiful afternoon (low 70's with low humidity and even some blue sky) enjoying the giant pandas, red pandas, black swans and pe... read more
Lake at the Panda Reserve
Giant Panda
Snacking on Bamboo

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu May 6th 2017

May 6, 2017 (Chengdu) This is my eleventh year going to Chengdu. The work initially focused on an academic exchange between the ophthalmology training programs at Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI) Sichuan People’s Provincial Hospital (SPPH). Hospitals in China are huge relative to the US and still emphasize inpatient care. SPPH has around 5,200 beds and a large, busy outpatient department. A big challenge in SW China is the very high prevalence of cataract blindness, with an estimated 1.2 million people blind from cataracts. Once the need became clear to us, a goal has been to help address treatable blindness. Over the years, the consensus has been the need for Western style training center to perform high volume, high quality, efficient cataract surgery. To achieve this we’ve proposed starting with an International Eye Care wing in ... read more
Building for Potential Eye Hospital

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu May 6th 2017

May 6, 2017 (Chengdu) Saturday morning was spent working with the local Lions International Club on vision screening programs urban style. Reminiscent of the old Willie Sutton saying of robbing banks because that's where the money is, they set us up just outside a large mall, on the sidewalk where a lot of people walk by. Well organized into different queues for registration, visual acuity checks and then eye exam stations, we say a broad range of patients with the full spectrum of eye conditions, referring those that needed further care or treatment to the SPPH ophthalmology department. Each member of our team was paired with one of the SPPH residents to help translate and we worked through several hundred evaluations. The weather was most pleasant. The Lions Club volunteers were enthusiastic and seemed to have ... read more
Vision Screening Sign
Dr. Liu
Vision Testing

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu May 6th 2017

May 6, 2017 ...nearly 4 am local. (Chengdu) Made it in after delays in Shanghai. Met a student from UPenn who is from Chengdu and got some good restaurant tips - not that we don't get plenty of the local fare from our gracious hosts here! Two residents picked me up and the driver got me to the Pairui Hotel - familiar territory. A couple of hours sleep and then off to blindness prevention outreach at 8 am! Here safe and sound. Weather is cool but nice.... read more

Asia » China » Shanghai May 5th 2017

May 5, 2017 (Shanghai) After nearly 15 hours in perpetual daylight on China Eastern flight 588 we arrive in Shanghai. It is a shame to be here and only get to see the inside of the airport, but the layover is short...landing shortly after 7 PM and boarding at 8:30 for Chengdu. Smooth flight - all good other than the internet didn't work as suggested. A little reading, some writing, rewatched Argo and a short snooze - converting time zones. Head west younger old man...Chengdu or bust. 10:45 PM local time....A few hours later - Shanghai'd in Shanghai...long delays but finally boarding for Chengdu.... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York May 4th 2017

May 4, 2017 (New York) Give it up for China Easter Airlines and the House of Representatives! Apparently basking in the recent health bill vote tally kept POTUS in DC long enough to let CEAir pile all of us in and get us on our merry way across Hudson Bay and over the Arctic Circle on the way to Shanghai on time. Didn't get to see Air Force One land at JFK which would be been cool, but even better to get going on this adventure. Now thinking about my melatonin levels and how to convert nights to day and days to nights...the 12 hour time zone flip. Supposedly Einstein says flying fast in this direction makes us younger....I'm not feeling it!... read more

North America » United States » New York » New York » Brooklyn May 4th 2017

New York City (May 4, 2017) Getting ready for a long jaunt across the Pacific to join the McGee Eye Institute's Global Eye Care team there. They left Oklahoma City yesterday morning, through San Francisco and then straight into Chengdu. I fly from NY to Shanghai and after a short lay-over, on to Chengdu arriving just after midnight tomorrow (local time). Interesting to be here at JFK today...just happens that POTUS is scheduled to breeze into the Big Apple a couple of hours before I take off. Rumor has it they shut down the whole airport...so we'll see how "timely" we are. Flying China Easter airlines and they let us into the Air France lounge here - nice snacks!... read more

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu April 22nd 2016

Chengdu, China (April 22, 2016) Today's focus was our discussion and negotiation with the SPPH team on the plan to build an eye hospital in Chengdu - an international eye hospital that would facilitate surgical training in addition to providing high volume care. The strategy is to create a facility with Western style residency training, provide care for a large and growing expat community in Chengdu, provide high volume cataract surgery in support of the blindness prevention programs for the province. The initial part of the meeting was dedicated to reviewing past failed attempts to get the project going and rapidly turned to the SPPH interest in proceeding definitively with a hospital. Initially, we had discussed simply establishing a hospital wing for it, but given space constraints, the decision has been to push forward with Phase ... read more
At the Restaurant
Inside
Traditional Chinese Music

Asia » China » Sichuan » Chengdu April 21st 2016

Chengdu, China (April 21, 2016) After a quick coffee at the new specialty coffee shop in SPPH, we went and toured a large new private orthopedic hospital being built by an investor that has expressed interest in investing in an eye hospital as well. We had lunch with Dr. Wu (chair of the department) to discuss strategies for our meetings with the hospital administration and how to move the International Eye Hospital project forward faster than it has been going. The full team here is Dr. Farris (neuro-ophthalmologist at DMEI), Drs. Yun Liu (cornea specialist) and Paul Chen (cataract surgeon) from Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, Dr. Jewel Sandy (DMEI Global Eye Care Fellow), and two senior residents - Dr. Jeremy Tan and Dr. Jonathan Perkins. Great team dynamics, lots of laughs, great comraderie with the ... read more
Conferring
Strategizing
Residents/Fellow




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