Cataract Surgery Brigades
(L-R Above) Drs. Gonzalez, Wilks & Kozarsky ca. 2008
In the early 1990s, Atlanta ophthalmologist Alan Kozarsky began working with Atlanta physician Steve Wilks and Honduran ophthalmologist Carlos Gonzalez to bring cataract surgery brigades to Honduras. These regular brigades restored sight for hundreds of poor, cataract blind Hondurans each year. Over the years, the networks of volunteer doctors, supporters, and partners that make these brigades possible have grown and grown.
These days, we run multiple brigades each year to our partner facility in San Pedro Sula, the SPS Lions’ Eye Hospital Fraternidad. Our volunteer brigades help to augment surgical volumes generated by local Dr. Pacheco and Dra. Juarez, and we are grateful to have so many volunteers who are willing to take the time to make a difference. Each week-long brigade results in more than 150 cataract surgeries, and frequently results in several cornea transplants as well. Our brigades have changed the lives of thousands of patients over the years.
We are proud to have developed a partnership with Wake Forest Department of Ophthalmology and currently run two brigades per year to Hospital Fraternidad where Wake Forest faculty, fellows, and senior residents serve the blind in Honduras in addition to our other brigades.
Wake Forest/ ECHO Brigade Alumni:
Erik Anderson MD, 2016-17 Cornea Fellow
Claudia Hooten MD, 2015-17 Retina Fellow
Abby Liu MD, 2014-17 Ophthalmology Resident
Tyler Davis DO, 2014-17 Ophthalmology Resident
Samantha Watson MD, 2013-16 Ophthalmology Resident
Brent Betts MD, 2013-16 Ophthalmology Resident
Michael Clamp MD, 2015-16 Cornea Fellow