Moorfields CEO appointed chairman of World Association of Eye Hospitals
Probert, chief executive at Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation
Trust in London, has been appointed chairman of the World Association of
Eye Hospitals (WAEH), the global association of over 40 eye hospitals
from all over the world. Since joining Moorfields in April 2016, David
successfully led the hospital to gain a rating of ‘Good’ from the Care
Quality Commission, the independent regulator of all health and social
care services in England and accreditation for five further years as a
National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre
and Clinical Research Facility. He is the former director of strategic
development at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
(UCLH) and has 18 years’ experience in healthcare management. Read More
On behalf of the board of the WAEH, I would like to thank each and every one of you again for your valuable contributions and support that made the 11th annual meeting a great success!
All of you have provided high quality presentations, and many thanks for sharing all your valuable knowledge and experience so readily. We have learned a lot from each other as we all face similar challenges. We have also deepened our friendship and ties as we participated in many social activities planned. I would like to thank Prof Li Xiao-Rong and his able team for the excellent organization and hospitality shown to us.
Charity Wai Immediate Past Chair, WAEH Board WAEH Board Member
Meet our New Board member Cathy Kowalewski!
Cathy is administrator at The Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute. Founded in 1925 as the nation’s first university eye clinic, the internationally-renowned Wilmer Eye Institute, led by Dr. Peter McDonnell, specializes in the diagnosis and management of complex medical and surgical eye disease, and is the largest research and clinical ophthalmic enterprise in the United States. Our institute is the preeminent provider of routine eye care and refractive, optical, cosmetic, and eye trauma services for the Mid-Atlantic region, and is the only designated eye trauma center in Maryland.
In addition to our main location at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Wilmer has nine satellite locations across central Maryland, including two ambulatory surgery centers.
As part of their patient-centered mission, to increase patient access to quality care, Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins is also offering same-day appointments.
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Mark Petty Chief Executive Officer – The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital
Best Hospitals for Ophthalmology
According to the US news 5 of the top 10 best hospitals for ophthalomogy are WAEH members!
Google working with Aravind Eye Hospital to train its AI in diabetic retinopathy screening
India’s largest eye care provider, Aravind Eye Hospital, has been quietly working for over four years with Google on a project to use artificial intelligence (AI) in ophthalmology. Aravind Eye Hospital, which has branches across India, is headquartered in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. Lily Peng, product manager at Google, who released a paper on the research a year ago, said at the 2017 WIRED Business Conference that Google had just finished a clinical study in India, and that work was underway to get the technology into routine use with patients. India, considered the diabetes capital of the world, has over 70 million diabetes patients who are at risk of blindness due to the disease. Read more
Call for Abstracts Open NOW!
The themes of the 12th annual WAEH meeting are:
Philanthropy & Fundraising: what can we learn from other industries and from each other?
New business models in eye care
Staff roles in eye hospitals: who does what to organize your eye hospital in an efficient and effective way?
Inspiring Hospital Designs
Innovations in Eye Care: from AI to Robotics
How to improve safety and quality in eye hospitals worldwide?
Introducing: Gyujin Lee
Gyujin Lee is the CEO of Kim Eye Hospital. He is now also appointed general manager of Konynag University Hospital. The Konynag University Hospital has been reviewed by the government for foreign patients’ treatment June this year. Kim’s Eye Hospital is a Full Member of the WAEH.
Same-Day Appointments a Big Success at Wilmer Eye Institute
Last June, the Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute accomplished a major milestone in patient care: offering same-day patient appointments to every patient and referring physician who requests one. The initiative came about in response to a recognized need by both patients and providers, but there have also been some surprisingly positive impacts on the service.
“We’ve seen a 35 percent growth in patient volume and a marked increase in philanthropy from some of the new patients,” says Ashley Behrens, Chief, Division of Comprehensive Eye Care. “It’s a win for both patients and Wilmer.”
Kavya Kopparapu might be considered something of a “whiz kid.” After all, she had yet to enter her senior year of high school when she started Eyeagnosis, a smartphone app and 3D-printed lens that allows patients to be screened for diabetic retinopathy with a quick photo, avoiding the time and expense of a typical diagnostic procedure.
Wilmer Eye Institute: #1 ophthalmology research program in the U.S
As the #1 ophthalmology research program in the U.S., Wilmer Eye Institute has a big presence at the nation’s biggest ophthalmology research meeting. Here’s a look at what some Wilmer presenters will be talking about at ARVO 2022. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Avb_UrZGLRU
International Schwartz Rounds: looking for panelists
During the coronapandemic the WAEH together with the team from Moorfields organized two webinars about the Schwartz Rounds. This year we would like to organize these rounds again and are looking for panelists! Schwartz Rounds provide a structured forum where all staff, clinical and non-clinical, come together regularly to discuss the emotional and social aspects […]
Dutch BICAT study proves safety and effectiveness of immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery
Image caption: “in ISBCS, transparant eye patches are used (right picture) instead of a non-transparant eye patch in DSBCS (left picture)” News from our full member: University Eye Clinic Maastricht, the Netherlands Immediate sequential bilateral cataract surgery (ISBCS) offers comparable safety and efficacy to delayed sequential bilateral cataract surgery (DSBCS), according to a major Dutch […]
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust: Understanding the impact of “hand‐holding volunteers” providing theatre support during surgery ‐ The patient perspective
News from our founding member: Moorfields Eye Hospital The majority of cataract, and some glaucoma eye surgeries is undertaken using local anaesthetic and can be uncomfortable for patients and make them feel anxious. This can be very unpleasant and cause anxiety in patients. Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust uses volunteers in a “hand‐holding” role to provide comfort […]
Olena Kurylo was blinded in her right eye when a missile destroyed her apartment block in the opening hours of Russia’s brutal invasion last month. […] She was in danger of developing a fatal infection from her wounds. It was clear that Olena needed urgent surgery – but first she had to escape what had […]