Ophthalmology volunteer Aron Rose, M.D. shares his experiences in the developing world at Fairfield University

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Lifelong Learning Symposium

Unite for Sight

What: University College at Fairfield University hosts the first of four Lifelong Learning Symposia for Fall 2008. Aron Rose, M.D., a specialist in small incision cataract surgery and glaucoma will provide insight into one of the most unnecessary and preventable health issues in third world nations - blindness. He will discuss his overseas volunteer work with several humanitarian organizations and the importance American medical involvement plays in helping to eradicate preventable blindness abroad. He will share his insights into some of the ways in which American expertise can work in concert with the many countries in which global health crises are present.

When: Thursday, September 11, 2008 - 2:30 p.m.

Where: The Dining Room of the School of Business at Fairfield University

Background: Dr. Rose is a Brown University honors graduate and received his medical degree from New York Medical College; he completed his residency training at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He is the previous director of Residency Training at the Yale University Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. He holds a dual appointment as an Associate Clinical Professor at the Yale School of Medicine and The Yale School of Nursing. In 1989 he became the youngest invited faculty member of the prestigious Project Orbis, a flying eye hospital that teaches medical and surgical skills throughout the developing world.

In the summer of 2007, Dr. Rose, his wife and three daughters participated as Unite for Sight volunteers in Accra and Tamale, Ghana. Unite for Sight is a global nonprofit organization that has provided eye care to 600,000 people worldwide. The family's experience as assistants for local ophthalmologists was a profound one.

Dr. Rose currently lectures at Yale University on cataract surgery, serves on the Board of Directors for Hunger Relief and Development, and Justice Works Medical Humanitarian Aid Services and sits on the Board of Governors of the New Haven Medical Association.

This event is free. Refreshments will be served at 1 p.m. Please bring a brown bag lunch.

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Media Contact: Joan Grant, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, jgrant@fairfield.edu

Posted on September 9, 2008

Vol. 41, No. 48

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