LECTURERS AND PRESENTERS FOR 2021 VOSH ANNUAL MEETING

October 16, 2021

(listed in alphabetical order)

Secretary (2020-present)

Neelam Patadia, OD, FAAO

President (2019-2021); Past President (2021-2023)

J. Dan Twelker, OD, PhD, FVI, VOSH/International Immediate Past President, 2021-2023

Director (2018-2023), Treasurer

Mark Rakoczy, OD

MSc. Severo Sánchez Melgarejo, Peru

Jacqueline Grove, SVP, KEY NOTE SPEAKER, National Vision, Inc, USA

Chair, Technology Transfer Program

David Stacy, OD, USA

Director (2021-2023); Chair, VOSH Fellowship (FVI) Committee

Ann Slocum-Edmonds, OD, FVI

Janet Summers, OD, University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry, USA

María Lourdes Alarcón Fortepiani, MD, PhD, FAAO, University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry, USA

Russell S. Coates, OD, University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry, USA

Anthony Mac, OD, MPH, University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry, USA

Jeannette Wong-Powell, OD, FAAO, University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry, USA

Mallory McLaughlin, OD, FAAO, Illinois College of Optometry, USA

Dra. Mónica Márquez Galvis, MSc, Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina, Colombia

Bruce Moore, OD, FAAO, Professor Emeritus, New England College of Optometry, USA

Dr. Omar García Lievanos, Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias de la Salud Unidad Santo Tomas, Mexico

Lic. En Optometría Beatriz Elizabeth Gómez Serna, Universidad Autónoma de la Laguna, Mexico

MSP L.O. Daniel Paniagua Herrera, Asociacíon Mexicana Diabetes, Mexico

Dr. José Rufino Díaz Uribe, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico

Dr. Hernando José Hernández Leal, Universidad El Bosque, Colombia

Emiliano Teran Bobadillas, PHD, Professor and Researcher, Autonomous Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mexico

Vice President (2019-2021)

Michael Ciszek, OD, diplomate ABO, FVI, President VOSH/International, 2021-2023

Secretary (2020-present)

Neelam Patadia, OD, FAAO

Dr. Patadia is a native from Illinois and graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry. She completed her optometric residency in primary care, with a focus on ocular disease and low vision, at the Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Oregon. Dr. Patadia is very passionate about providing high quality comprehensive eye care.  She believes that ocular health management is a key component to understanding one’s overall systemic health. Currently, Dr. Patadia is on faculty as an assistant professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Loyola University Medical Center. She also spends time working at the Hines Veterans Affairs Hospital.  Dr. Patadia was the grant recipient of the VOSH Ambassador Program in 2019. 

Being active is a large part of Dr. Patadia’s life, including rock climbing, yoga and running. She also enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends. 

President (2019-2021); Past President (2021-2023)

J. Dan Twelker, OD, PhD, FVI, VOSH/International Immediate Past President, 2021-2023

Dr. Twelker received his Doctor of Optometry from the University of California, Berkeley College of Optometry in 1992. He worked in private practice for several years before returning to obtain his Ph.D. in Vision Science from The University of California, Berkeley. Since 2002, he has been on the faculty of the University of Arizona Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science where he is an Associate Clinical Professor. He was the Site Principal Investigator for the Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Ethnicity and Refractive Error from 2002 through 2012, which looked at the effect of ethnicity on eye growth and the need for spectacle correction. He was elected President of the Arizona branch of VOSH in 2015 and continues to serve in that position. In the fall of 2015, Dr. Twelker took leave of his position in Arizona to teach optometry at the Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in Western Kenya. In 2016, Dr. Twelker was elected to the Board of Directors for VOSH International, with his main emphasis being to support and sustain optometry education efforts in developing countries such as Malawi, Kenya, and Mexico.

Director (2018-2023), Treasurer

Mark Rakoczy, OD

Dr. Rakoczy graduated from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry in 1981.  He was a recipient of the Alumni Award for Academic Excellence, the Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence and the Bausch & Lomb Soflens Award, 2nd Place Achievement Award.  He spent the next three years in the US Army, practicing at Fort Campbell, KY at both the Division Clinic and the hospital. He came back to his home state, Pennsylvania,  and had been in solo private practice until retiring at the end of 2018.

He has been a member of VOSH PA since 2010 and has been President since 2012. He has been on many missions to Haiti, mostly being a trip leader.  He has been an active member of the Everett Lions Club for 28 years and has served in all board positions.  He also has served on the board of the Southcentral Blind Association for over 25 years.

He enjoys exercising, fishing trips, travel and spending time with family and an explosion of grandkids. He plans to devote more time to volunteering, especially with VOSH.

MSc. Severo Sánchez Melgarejo, Peru

Severo Sánchez is the founder and director of the Eurohispano Institute. The Institute has educated hundreds of optometry technicians, offered thousands of free eye examinations to Peruvians in need across the country and supported several VOSH chapters visiting the country. Dr Sanchez’s humanitarian work dates back from 2001 with several Rotary Clubs in Peru. In 2019 he was recognized as a member of the Franklin Harms Society with over 100 eye clinics in his record.

Jacqueline Grove, SVP, KEY NOTE SPEAKER, National Vision, Inc, USA

Jacqueline Grove, SVP, National Vision, Inc, USA

KEY NOTE SPEAKER: Talent Development, Culture, Philanthropy, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion,

Jacqueline Grove is SVP, Talent Development; Culture; Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; and Philanthropy for National Vision, Inc.  In this role, Jacqueline has led the development of National Vision’s first formal DEI program and leads a coordinated suite of cultural and philanthropic efforts strategically focused on increasing equity at the largest scale: improving diversity and inclusion in National Vision’s work, encouraging a more diverse talent pipeline to re-shape the optical industry’s future, and improving access to vision care for marginalized groups throughout the world. Under her leadership, National Vision’s philanthropic programs have expanded exponentially.

Across her 20-year tenure in retail, including 15 years in the optical industry, Jacqueline has a track record of leading operational success via strengthening excellence in talent development and work culture. Prior to joining National Vision, she spent 10 years with Luxottica. Jacqueline joined National Vision in 2016. She holds a B.S. degree in Communication Arts from the University of Cincinnati with a Minor in Journalism.

Jacqueline Grove es la Vice Presidenta Senior de Desarrollo de talentos, cultura, diversidad, equidad, inclusión y filantropía de National Vision, Inc. (NVI). En este rol, ella ha liderado el desarrollo del primer programa formal sobre de Diversidad, Equidad e Inclusión de NVI y lidera un grupo de iniciativas culturales y filantrópicas enfocadas en aumentar la equidad a la mayor escala: mejorando la diversidad e inclusión en el trabajo de NVI, promoviendo un conducto de talentos más diverso para remodelar el futuro de la industria óptica y mejorar el acceso al cuidado visual para grupos marginalizados a través del mundo.  Bajo su liderazgo, los programas de NVI se han expandido exponencialmente. 

A través de sus 20 años de experiencia en el sector de ventas, incluyendo 15 años en la industria óptica, Jacqueline tiene una trayectoria liderando éxito operacional a través del fortalecimiento de la excelencia en el desarrollo de talentos y cultura de trabajo. Antes de unirse a NVI, ella trabajo por 10 años con Luxotica.  Jacqueline se unió a NVI en el 2016.  Tiene una licenciatura en Arte de la Comunicación de la Universidad de Cincinnati con especialización secundaria en periodismo.  

Chair, Technology Transfer Program

David Stacy, OD, USA

Dr. Stacy graduated from Pacific University College of Optometry in 1978 after receiving his BS in Biological Sciences from the University of Arizona and serving in the United Stated Army for four and one half years. He was in private practice in Chandler, AZ until he retired and sold his practice in October 2019. He is a member of AOA and ASOA. Dr. Stacy has dedicated the last 10+ years to the development and execution of the VOSH/International Technology Transfer Program (TTP). VOSH, through TTP, collects, restores and ships used optometric equipment, lenses and frames to needy clinics, teaching institutions, hospitals and NGO’s. Dr. Stacy has served as President of the Arizona Chapter of VOSH, International for almost four years. He followed the founder of the Chapter, Dr. Ed Tuhy who provided a remarkable foundation and gathered many talented members for the Chapter. The 2013 Mission will mark a decade of service in Sonora, Mexico for the Chapter. Dr. Stacy speaks Spanish and uses the logistics he learned in the military to do his part in supporting the missions. The SVOSH, AZ Chapter, from MWU, College of Optometry, Glendale, AZ campus, has become an integral part of VOSH, AZ missions. The membership also includes several ophthalmologists who have opened a dialogue with SEE, International and the University of Arizona, Ophthalmology Department to address the possibility of supporting missions for cataract and pterygium operations. Very active Rotary and Lions Clubs in Sonora have proven to be excellent and reliable hosts and have worked beside the multitalented mission leaders to make the missions successful.

Director (2021-2023); Chair, VOSH Fellowship (FVI) Committee

Ann Slocum-Edmonds, OD, FVI

Dr. Slocum-Edmonds received her Doctorate in Optometry in 1989 from the New England College of Optometry, Boston, MA. Dr. Edmonds held positions as a clinical instructor at Pacific University College of Optometry and City University, London, England. As President of Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity, Oregon Chapter and Co-founder of Oregon Vision Coalition, Dr. Edmonds has coordinated and lead vision care missions in Oregon, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Albania, Peru and El Salvador. Dr. Edmonds is a three time Humanitarian Service Award recipient from Pacific University Amigos Student VOSH Organization. She has lived and practiced in Oregon since 1989 and spends her free time with her husband and two boys.

Janet Summers, OD, University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry, USA

Janet Summers, OD

Dr Summers is an assistant clinical professor at Rosenberg School of Optometry of the University of the Incarnate Word.  She has held several leadership positions including as chair of the PA board of optometry, chair of Prevent blindness Texas and senior clinical examiner of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. She is active volunteering in various eye health related organizations and has led humanitarian trips to Panama and Mexico. She has received several awards.

La Dra. Summers es una profesora asistente clínica en la escuela de optometría Rosenberg de la University of the Incarnate Word, Texas.  Ella ha tenido varias posiciones de liderazgo como ser presidente del consejo de optometría de Pensilvania, presidente de la sección Texas de Prevent Blindness y como examinadora senior del consejo Nacional de Examinadores de Optometría.  Hace voluntariado en varias organizaciones relacionadas con la salud ocular y ha liderado brigadas humanitarias a Panamá y México.  La Dra. Summers ha recibido varios premios.

María Lourdes Alarcón Fortepiani, MD, PhD, FAAO, University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry, USA

María Lourdes Alarcón Fortepiani, MD, PhD, FAAO

Dr Fortepiani is a professor at the Rosenberg School of Optometry of the University of the Incarnate Word and adjunct assistant professor at University of Texas Health Science Center department of physiology. Throughout her career she has received several awards and research grants.  She participates in several service committees at Rosenberg including organizing a DEI webinar series and is active in community service.  

La Dra. Fortepiani es profesora en la escuela de optometría Rosenberg de la University of the Incarnate Word y profesora asistente adjunta en el departamento de fisiología del Centro de Ciencias de la Salud de la Universidad de Texas. Durante su carrera profesional la Dra. Fortepiani ha recibido muchos premios y becas de investigación.  Ella participa en varios comités en la escuela Rosenberg incluido su rol organizando una serie de webinars sobre Diversidad, Equidad e Inclusión y es muy activa en actividades de servicio comunitario.

Russell S. Coates, OD, University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry, USA

Russell S. Coates, OD

Dr Coates is an associate professor and director of outreach programs at the Rosenberg School of Optometry of the University of the Incarnate Word.  In this role he is in charge of organizing and leading the domestic and international community outreach work. At Rosenberg he lectures on several subjects and is currently pursuing a masters on education.

El Dr Coates es un profesor asociado y director de los programas de extensión de la escuela de optometría Rosenberg de la University of the Incarnate Word, Texas.  En ese rol, él está a cargo de organizar y dirigir el trabajo de extensión comunitario local e internacional.  En la escuela Rosenberg, el Dr. Coates ensena varias materias. Actualmente está trabajando en su maestría en educación.

Anthony Mac, OD, MPH, University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry, USA

Anthony Mac, OD, MPH

Dr Mac is a resident optometrist in Primary Care Optometry & Ocular Diseases at the Rosenberg School of Optometry of the University of the Incarnate Word.   Dr Mac holds a Masters on Public Health and is keen in providing compassionate, high-quality eye care through the use of clinically proven techniques and innovative technologies. 

El Dr Mac es un optometrista residente en cuidado primario en optometría y enfermedades oculares en la escuela de optometría Rosenberg de la University of the Incarnate Word, Texas.  El Dr Mac tiene una maestría en salud pública y está interesado en ofrecer cuidados oculares compasivos y de alta calidad.

Jeannette Wong-Powell, OD, FAAO, University of the Incarnate Word Rosenberg School of Optometry, USA

Jeannette Wong-Powell, OD, FAAO

Dr Powell is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the Rosenberg School of Optometry of the University of the Incarnate Word. She is the coordinator of the Primary Care/Ocular Disease Residency Program and interim co-director of residency programs at Rosenberg.  She has coordinating medical outreach clinics to Mexico, Honduras and Kenya. and is active at Rosenberg’s mentoring and service activities. Dr Wong is recipient of several scholarships.

La Dra. Powell es una profesora asistente clínica en la escuela de optometría Rosenberg de la University of the Incarnate Word, Texas.  Ella es la coordinadora del programa de residencia en cuidado primario/enfermedades oculares y codirectora interina de los programas de residencia en Rosenberg.  La Dra. Powell ha coordinado clínicas de extensión medicas a México, Honduras y Kenia y es activa en las actividades de mentoría y servicios de Rosenberg.  La Dra. Wong ha recibido varias becas.

Mallory McLaughlin, OD, FAAO, Illinois College of Optometry, USA

Mallory McLaughlin, OD

Dr. McLaughlin completed her residency in vision rehabilitation and ocular disease in Virginia. She now practices at the Chicago Lighthouse and is an Assistant Professor at the Illinois College of Optometry. She is passionate about vision rehabilitation, medical treatment of glaucoma and co-management of cataract surgery. She teaches the Visual and Physical Optics and Communications courses and is the coordinator of practice management curriculum at the Illinois College of Optometry. Dr. McLaughlin is an active member of the American Academy of Optometry and the Illinois Optometric Association. She received several academic scholarships

La Dra. McLaughin hizo su residencia en rehabilitación visual y enfermedades oculares en Virginia.  Ella ejerce en la Chicago Lighthouse y es profesora asistente en el Illinois College of Optometry.  La Dra McLaughin es apasionada de la rehabilitación visual, el tratamiento médico del glaucoma y el co-manejo de la cirugía de cataratas. Ella enseña cursos de Óptica física y visual y comunicaciones y es la coordinadora del currículo sobre gestión de consultorios en el Illinois College of Optometry.  La Dra. McLaughlin es un miembro activo de la Academia Americana de Optometría y de la Asociación de Optometría de Illinois. La Dra. Laughlin ha recibido varias becas. 

Dra. Mónica Márquez Galvis, MSc, Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina, Colombia

Dr Mónica Márquez Galvis, MSc

Mónica Márquez Galvis es a Colombian optometrist with a MSc on vision.  Monica has 23 years’ experience teaching.  She is the faculty responsible and leader of the Social Outreach Program of the school of optometry at Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina (Colombia) and faculty of the master’s program on optometric research on contactology and visual therapy of the Universidad Técnica de Manabí (Ecuador).

Mónica Márquez Galvis. Optómetra, Magister en Ciencias de la Visión, Experiencia docente 23 años. Docente y Líder de Proyección Social del Programa de Optometría de la Fundación Universitaria del Área Andina (Colombia) y Docente de la Maestría Académica Con Trayectoria En Investigación De Optometría Mención Contactología Y Terapia Visual de la Universidad Técnica de Manabí (Ecuador).

Bruce Moore, OD, FAAO, Professor Emeritus, New England College of Optometry, USA

Dr. Moore has devoted his career to studying the vision problems and therapeutic options for young children. His career began at the Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Ophthalmology and the Harvard Medical School, where he practiced, taught, and carried out research for 22 years. In 1997 he became Marcus Professor of Pediatric Studies at the New England College of Optometry and served as a Department Chair for over a dozen years. His involvement in an array of clinical, research, and public policy efforts include being Co-Chair of the Children’s Vision Massachusetts Coalition and a member of the National Center for Children’s Vision and Eye Health. He has been working on a number of international vision care projects in Vietnam, Mongolia, Israel, Nicaragua, El Salvador, China, South Africa, Ghana and throughout Europe and leads VOSH/International Children’s Vision working group. He received the Jenny Pomeroy Award for Excellence in Vision and Public Health from Prevent Blindness in 2016.

El Dr. Moore ha dedicado su carrera al estudio de los problemas visuales y las opciones terapéuticas para niños.  El comenzó su carrera en el departamento de oftalmología del hospital pediátrico de Boston y la escuela de medicina de Harvard donde ejerció, enseño e hizo investigación por 22 años. En 1997 se convirtió en profesor Marcus de estudios pediátricos del New England College of Optometry donde sirvió como director de departamento por más de doce años. El Dr. Moore ha estado involucrado en una serie de iniciativas clínicas, de investigación y de políticas públicas incluyendo haber sido el co-director de la Coalición sobre Visión Infantil de Massachusetts y como miembro del Centro Nacional para la Salud Ocular y Visión Infantil.  Ha trabajado en varios proyectos sobre el cuidado de la visión en Vietnam, Mongolia, Israel, Nicaragua, El Salvador, China, Sud África, Ghana y a través de Europa. Actualmente lidera el grupo de trabajo de visión infantil de VOSH/International.  El Dr. Moore recibió el premio de la excelencia en visión y salud publica Jenny Pomeroy de Prevent Blindness en el 2016.

Dr. Omar García Lievanos, Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias de la Salud Unidad Santo Tomas, Mexico

Dr. Omar Garcia Lievanos

El Dr. García es un optometrista mexicano con una maestría en ciencias y un doctorado en óptica.  Es el director del Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias de la Salud Unidad Santo Tomas (CICS UST) en México. Hasta el 2011 el Dr. García era el jefe del departamento de optometría del CICS UST.  Ha publicado varios artículos científicos y un libro enfocados en el error refractivo, lentes de contacto multifocales y tecnología óptica.  Es miembro de varias sociedades y asociaciones mexicanas e internacionales enfocadas en la óptica, investigación, la optometría y la salud pública.

Dr Garcia is a Mexican optometrist with a master of sciences and a PhD on optics.  He is the director of the Centro Interdisciplinario de Ciencias de la Salud Unidad Santo Tomas (CICS UST), Mexico. Until 2011 he was the head of the optometry at CICS UST.  He has published several scientific papers and articles on refractive error, multifocal contact lenses and optical technology.  He is member of several international and Mexican societies and associations focused on optics, research, optometry and public health.

Lic. En Optometría Beatriz Elizabeth Gómez Serna, Universidad Autónoma de la Laguna, Mexico

L.O. Beatriz Gómez Serna

Optometrist Beatriz Gomez has over 22 years of experience.  She has worked independently, on specialized corneal and anterior segment clinics, and planning and designing the curriculum of the school of optometry at the Universidad Autónoma de La Laguna (UAL) where she is the current Coordinator of the optometry program.  She is a graduate of the UAL.  She is a member of the education committee of ALDOO.

Optometrista mexicana con 22 años de experiencia dentro del campo profesional, egresada de la Universidad Autónoma de la Laguna con el grado de Licenciado en Optometría.  Ha trabajado de manera independiente y dentro de la optometría clínica ha trabajado en clínicas de especialidad en cornea y segmento anterior.  Ha trabajado en el desarrollo curricular, organización y planeación para el grado de Licenciatura en Optometría en la Universidad Autónoma de la Laguna, donde actualmente es la coordinadora del programa de optometría.  Es miembro del comité de educación de ALDOO.

MSP L.O. Daniel Paniagua Herrera, Asociacíon Mexicana Diabetes, Mexico

MSP LO Daniel Paniagua Herrera

Daniel Paniagua is a Mexican optometrist who graduated from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala (UNAM FES Iztacala).  He has a master’s degree on public health mention epidemiology from the National Institute of Public Health (INSP) and a diplomate on Pharmacology and therapeutics from the UNAM FES Iztacala. He is the coordinator of visual health of the Mexican Diabetes Association (AMD).  He is a spokesperson for the AMD and IAPB.  Sits as an observer in the public health and education committees of the World Council of Optometry and is a member of the Latin American Council of Optometric Research. He is the author and co-author of several scientific publications.

Daniel Paniagua Herrera es un optometrista mexicano graduado de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Facultad de Estudios Superiores Iztacala (UNAM FES Iztacala).  Tiene una Maestría en Salud Pública en Epidemiología por el Instituto Nacional de Salud Pública (INSP) y un Diplomado en Farmacología y Terapéutica Ocular por la UNAM FES Iztacala. Es el Coordinador de salud visual de la Asociación Mexicana de Diabetes (AMD). Vocero de la AMD y de la IAPB, miembro observador del comité de en salud pública y educación del Consejo Mundial de Optometría, miembro del Consejo Latinoamericano de Investigación en Optometría. Ponente nacional e internacional en temas de diabetes y optometría, además de autor y coautor de artículos científicos varios.

Dr. José Rufino Díaz Uribe, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico

Dr. José Rufino Díaz Uribe

Dr. José Rufino Díaz Uribe is a physicist with a masters and PhD on physics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).  He has over 40 years of academic experience.  Dr. Diaz is a prolific researcher with more than 200 titles in national and international publications and senior membership at the International Society for Optics and Photonics and the Optical Society of America among others. In 2019 he received the National University Award for his academic work on exact sciences.

El Dr. José Rufino Díaz Uribe realizó sus estudios de licenciatura, maestría y doctorado en Física en la Facultad de Ciencias de la Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).  Tiene más de 40 años de experiencia académica. Su producción científica incluye más de 200 títulos publicadas a nivel nacional e internacional y membresía senior en la International Society for Optics and Photonics y la Optical Society of America entre otras. Por el impacto y la trascendencia de su obra, así como por su vocación docente, el doctor José Rufino Díaz Uribe es indudable merecedor del Premio Universidad Nacional 2019, en el área de Docencia en ciencias exactas.

Dr. Hernando José Hernández Leal, Universidad El Bosque, Colombia

Dr. Hernando José Hernández Leal

Dr. Hernandez is a Colombian optometrist and chemical engineer with a diplomate on higher education.   He is interested on invention and has several patents on optical simulators.  He has extensive work on research and is a lecturer at the Universidad El Bosque in Colombia. 

El Dr. Hernández es un optómetra e ingeniero químico colombiano con un diplomado en educación superior.  Con interés significativo en la invención, el Dr. Hernández tiene varias patentes registradas para simuladores ópticos.  El tiene trabajo extenso en investigación. Es docente de la carrera de optometría de la Universidad El Bosque, Colombia. 

Emiliano Teran Bobadillas, PHD, Professor and Researcher, Autonomous Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mexico

Emiliano Terán Bobadilla, PhD

El Dr. Terán es docente e investigador científico del Programa de Optometría y del Facultad de Ciencias Físico-Matemáticas de la Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa. Estudió la Licenciatura en Física, la Maestría en Ciencias en Óptica Física y el Doctorado en Ciencias en Óptica Física en el Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada. Actualmente es Coordinador del Comité de Educación de ALDOO, además miembro del Comité de Salud Pública. Actualmente es asesor para el área de América Latina de VOSH/Internacional. Ha publicado diversos artículos de investigación y 4 libros. El más reciente a principios de este año, intitulado ‘El ladrón del sueño. El impacto negativo de la luz azul en el ciclo circadiano’.

Dr Terán is a lecturer and scientific researcher at the optometry program and at the faculty of physical-mathematical sciences at the Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mexico.  Dr Terán has a degree in physics, a master of sciences on physical optics and a PhD on the science of physical optics obtained at the Ensenada Center of Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE), Mexico. He is the chair of the Education Committee and a member of the Public Health Committee of the Latin American Association of Optometry and Optics (ALDOO).  He is a member of the newly established Latin American Advisory Committee of VOSH/International.  Dr Teran has published several research papers and four books.  In early 2021, Dr Teran published the book “The thief of dreams. The negative impact of blue light in the circadian cycle”. 

Vice President (2019-2021)

Michael Ciszek, OD, diplomate ABO, FVI, President VOSH/International, 2021-2023

Dr. Ciszek graduated cum laude from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, as a triple major in biology, pre-med, and Spanish. Combining his interests, he spent several months studying in Arequipa, Peru at the Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria.  Later, he went on to the Illinois College of Optometry where he again graduated cum laude and did his graduate thesis on HIV and contact lens wear. Areas of specialty include specialty contact lenses, ocular surface disease, and providing care to LGBTQ patients in need. His local philanthropy is highlighted by his work with Howard Brown Health Center, an organization with a mission to promote health and wellness to underserved LGBTQ patients in Chicago. He is part of a dedicated group of doctors who provide consultation services to the contact lens industry, bringing new technologies to the marketplace. He has also been published in Optometric Management Magazine.  Dr. Ciszek’s experience with VOSH began In 2011 on a trip to Barranquilla Colombia. Immediately moved by the experience and the direct impact on the community, he has now been on a multitude of trips, including Peru, Bolivia, Guatemala, and Mexico and is involved in domestic efforts to provide quality eye care to those in need in the USA..

Updated COVID-19 and VOSH Humanitarian Clinics Advice

VOSH/International recently consulted its US and International Chapters about the feasibility and timing to restart our humanitarian clinics. While the vaccination process continues with different levels of success depending on availability and acceptance, it is evident that vaccine inequity and the availability and reliability of data in several countries are issues we need to consider.

Even if already vaccinated and boosted, our chapters are still concerned about the wellbeing of our volunteers and patients.  Some chapters, are organizing clinics locally where they are better able to comply with the existing safety requirements and respective state/country regulations.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its variants are being experienced quite differently depending on state, region, country, vaccine availability, vaccine acceptance, and the spread of SARS-COV-2 variants. Most VOSH chapters are not holding clinics or traveling internationally in 2021 or 2022.

If a VOSH Chapter choses to hold a clinic or travel internationally, we highly recommend that the chapter performs due diligence to comply fully with the requirements established by the visited country, ensures all VOSH volunteers are aware of and follow strict safety guidelines and all existing protocols and regulations of the country, and keeps the principle of “do no harm” embedded in all its decision making. As always, the wellbeing and safety for VOSH volunteers and our patients is of utmost importance and central to any decision-making process. We have published our updated clinic guidelines with best practices to be observed in this new context. VOSH chapters in specific countries are using protocols that need to be considered as well. You can download VOSH/International clinic guidelines here.

*VOSH/International is formed by autonomous US and international chapters that are fully and only responsible for their activities, fundraising and decision-making.  VOSH/International can only provide recommendations based on our best knowledge and information at the time.

Also please keep checking the following sites with official and most recent updates:

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

US CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/when-to-delay-travel.html

US Government Travel Advise: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/COVID-19-Country-Specific-Information.html

Thank you for your hard work and dedication to improving vision and eye health throughout the world.

Michael Ciszek, OD, dipl ABO, FVI

President, VOSH/International

December 2021