US Eye Surgeons Teach Advanced Techniques to Residents in Honduras

August 3, 2018: By Joan McKenna

Surgeons from Vance Thompson Vision and the University of Iowa taught surgical techniques to five resident training surgeons at San Felipe Hospital in Honduras during a week-long mission in May 2018.

The group reported on the trip July 25.

Russell Swan, MD, John Berdahl, MD, Brandon Baartman, MD, and Dan Bettis, MD, were joined by five team members for the mission.

The surgeons worked closely with Luis Lagos, MD, chairman of ophthalmology services at San Felipe, and Belinda Rivera, MD, the residency director.

The team spent time evaluating patients for surgery, caring for them postoperatively, and doing surgery alongside the local team.

Phacoemulsification was a primary focus, as was training on minimally invasive glaucoma surgery.

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