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Located along the shores of Lake Victoria in Mwanza, the second most populated city of Tanzania, we serve nearly one-third of the nation's 40 million citizens. Currently, Tanzania has 1 physician per 50,000 patients - among the lowest ratio in the world. Weill Cornell Medicine ophthalmologists strengthen eye care, medical education and training to expand and improve Tanzania's healthcare force.
In November 2008, Drs. Paul Chan and Grace Sun were the first team of ophthalmologists to visit Weill Bugando. Today, Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology faculty members and residents devote time in Tanzania to deliver lectures in basic ophthalmology coupled with practical clinical sessions to teach fundamental ocular disease exam skills.
Since 1993, the Salzburg Medical Seminars have been connecting physicians from leading American hospitals with physicians practicing in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia, former Soviet Union nations and other countries in transition. Administered and funded by the American Austrian Foundation, the Soros Foundation Open Society Institute, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research, these seminars foster participants' growth as educators and healthcare leaders in their prospective countries through the provision of free, up-to-date information and training.
In January 2001, Weill Cornell Medical College-Qatar (WCMC-Q) was established in Doha by Cornell University in partnership with the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development. Weill Cornell Medicine ophthalmologists support Qatar medical education, providing healthcare and conducting cutting-edge research in collaboration with the Doha campus. Our faculty members deliver live and videoconference lectures to medical students and ophthalmology faculty in Qatar, and WCMC-Q ophthalmology students rotate with us in New York City during their clinical elective time.
With privileges at Hamad Hospital in Doha, Drs. Szilard Kiss and Donald D’Amico have worked closely with Qatar retinal healthcare colleagues both in ophthalmology clinics and operating rooms. In partnership with WCMC-Q and Hamad Hospital, Dr. Kiss has fostered clinical and translational research collaborations with colleagues examining a range of ophthalmic disorders, with a particular focus on the pathogenesis and treatment of diabetic retinopathy.