NYEE Becomes a World Leader in Providing International Ophthalmology Fellowships

New York, NY (February 2009) -- The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary has been awarded five International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) fellowships for 2009. These Fellowships are considered among the most prestigious international training awards in ophthalmology.

Robert Ritch, MD, NYEE’s Chief of Glaucoma Services and Director of International Training, is instrumental in arranging these fellowships. He says, “The goal is to help promising young ophthalmologists from developing nations acquire specialized diagnostic, medical and surgical techniques that they can take back to their home countries.”

Fewer than thirty ICO Fellowships are granted worldwide each year. In just the past four years, NYEE has received over a dozen. This is also one of the largest numbers of fellowships at any medical center worldwide.

For 2009, Fellows are Samin Hong, MD, of Korea, Hernan Andres Diaz Carrasco, MD, of Ecuador and Olusola Olawoye, MD, of Nigeria, who will study glaucoma; Poopalaratanam Sriharanathan, MD, of Sri Lanka, cornea; Haiyan Wang, MD, of China, retina; and Sribhargava Natesh, MD, India, ocular oncology.

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