Drs. Kyle and Andrea Lewis, along with ophthalmology resident Jonathan Carrere and ENT resident Lauren Buck, journeyed to Montellano, Guatemala, in November 2017 as part of a surgical mission. The weeklong trip was coordinated through Health Talents International, a ministry with a long-standing presence in Guatemala.
Together with two other comprehensive ophthalmologists, the team performed over 100 oculoplastic, cataract, pterygium, and ENT cases. Memorable cases included watching vision be restored to a 2-year-old who was blind from congenital cataracts, hearing being restored to a woman who could not hear for many years, and an 8-month-old with orbital extension of a large dacryocystocele that was treated and binocular vision restored. This last case will be submitted to a medical journal due to its rarity.
Members of the Department of Ophthalmology recently participated in the annual walk and fundraiser benefiting Mississippi Diabetes Foundation. People with diabetes have a higher risk of blindness than people without the disease, according to the American Diabetes Association.
The UMMC Department of Ophthalmology Update Conference on Aug. 18, 2017, was a success with over 100 ophthalmologists and ophthalmic technicians from all over Mississippi gathering for a day of lectures and training. Dr. Robert Morris from Retina Specialists of Alabama gave the 2017 Ching J. Chen Lecture, which included talks on ocular trauma and endophthalmitis. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Ching J. Chen and Dr. Robert Morris.
Graduating senior residents were recognized in June with a celebration at River Hills Club. Drs. Marc Richardson, John Green and Cassie Confait will stay in Mississippi to practice comprehensive ophthalmology. Pictured, from left, are Dr. Richardson, Dr. Green, residency program director Dr. Kyle Lewis and Dr. Cassie Confait.
World-renowned ocular oncologist Dr. Carol Shields presented the 2017 Samuel B. Johnson Memorial Lecture at the 2017 Resident Research day. Dr. Shields dedicated an upcoming publication on ocular oncology in memory of Dr. Johnson and also donated several ocular oncology textbooks to UMMC's Department of Ophthalmology. The donation of books was accepted by Dr. Kimberly Crowder, chair of the ophthalmology department. Pictured, from left, are Drs. Shields and Crowder.