Cataract Surgery Brigades

(L-R) Drs. Gonzalez, Wilks & Kozarsky ca. 2008

(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:

June 2018:

Chris Komanski MD, 2015-18 Ophthalmology Resident

January 2018:

Ramunas Rolius MD, 2017-18 Cornea Fellow

Shaina Rubino MD, 2015-18 Ophthalmology Resident

June 2017:

Erik Anderson MD, 2016-17 Cornea Fellow

Claudia Hooten MD, 2015-17 Retina Fellow

Abby Liu MD, 2014-17 Ophthalmology Resident

January 2017:

Tyler Davis DO, 2014-17 Ophthalmology Resident

June 2016:

Samantha Watson MD, 2013-16 Ophthalmology Resident

Brent Betts MD, 2013-16 Ophthalmology Resident

September 2015:

Michael Clamp MD, 2015-16 Cornea Fellow