Paul S Bernstein MD, PhD Retina poses a particular problem for international ophthalmology because it requires expensive equipment and supplies, and acquiring the required technical skills can be a challenge for the local aspiring retina specialist. I enjoy such challenges, and it has been particularly gratifying to participate in the establish­ment of fully functioning retina services in Nepal and Bhutan. I hope to see similar successes in Africa in the near future.

Craig J Chaya, MD Everything that I have is a gift from God. Serving others is the best way I can say thanks and honor Him with my life.

Alan S Crandall, MD To “see” the happiness in a patient whose vision is restored brings joy to us, but it also allows that person to no longer be a burden to family and society. It returns dignity and purpose to his or her life.

Roger Furlong, MD It’s amazing to see what happens when someone has their sight restored. Working and traveling with people so focused on helping others is very inspiring. There’s no better way to experience a different culture than to be immersed in it. 

Robert O Hoffman, MD Training pediatric ophthalmologists in developing countries allows me to make a difference on an ongoing basis, helping to decrease the burden of childhood blindness. It has also allowed me to travel with family and friends, see new places, experience new cultures, and make new friends around the world! 

Bradley J Katz MD, PhD What I enjoy most about teaching internationally is singularity of focus: I’m there for one reason and one reason only. I can focus completely on teaching as much as possible during the time I’m allotted. There is no agenda and no paperwork: Just me and other doctors who are eager to learn.

Mark D Mifflin, MD I do outreach work because I CAN. I think being a physician is a great privilege and along with that privilege comes an inherent desire, and even an obligation, to serve people who are less fortunate and in need. As an eye physician and surgeon, I realize that I am only a very small part of a bigger team of charitable and loving individuals who make this work happen—and I would like to express my gratitude to all those who give their time, talents, and financial support. 

Jeff Pettey, MD I do outreach work because together we can return a person to participating in life.

Colleen Schubach, OD The Moran Eye Center Outreach Program allowed me to touch the lives of others through eye care—something that we often take for granted. These people’s lives were compromised and made more difficult due to eye problems. After the eye care they received, I witnessed their joy, discovery, and new beginnings. 

Geoffrey Tabin, MD There’s no miracle in medicine like restoring sight to a person with cataracts. Even after 20 years, I still tingle when we go to remove the eye patches.

Albert T Vitale, MD We do outreach work as our charge in being on the planet is to help one another daily. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’ ”

Marielle Young, MD I find great joy and satisfaction in treating children’s eye disease.