Martin Balish, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Martin Balish, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Mission Cataract: Lions’ Vision for All — The Lion’s Club International Foundation

Mission Cataract allows me to make a difference in the lives of Portlanders who cannot afford or access surgical eye care.

With the generous donation of time and resources from the staff at Portland’s Westside Surgery Center, I have been able to treat over 30 patients with cataract surgery, using advanced technology IOL’s, at zero cost to the patient. ” — Dr. Martin Balish

Since 1990, the SightFirst program has played a key role in reducing global blindness. It is only through the collaborative efforts of Lions, our partners, local health authorities, eye care professionals and other non-governmental organizations that SightFirst has been able to help 30 million people have improved or restored vision. SightFirst projects reach populations that are underserved or that have limited or no access to eye healthcare services. Dr. Balish partners with the Lions Club International to provide eye exams and cataract surgery for those in need.

Daniel B. Brown, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Daniel B. Brown, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

iCARE

“We were able to help 33 patients in just four days (at our mission in Montego Bay), which is a real accomplishment.” – Dr. Daniel Brown

Great Shape! Inc.’s iCARE Project provides eye exams, prescription glasses, surgeries, and education to people in Jamaica. In the areas iCARE works, there are only two public health eye care providers for every 500,000 Jamaicans and no public health optometrists. Over the last nine years, Dr. Brown has been actively involved with Great Shape iCARE missions, and in 2014, he and a small surgical team performed cataract surgeries at Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay.

Kelly D. Chung, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Kelly D. Chung, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Health for Humanity and Surgical Eye Expeditions

“I love helping my patients here in my local community see better every day, but helping people see better who have such advanced disease that they are functionally blind is a truly amazing privilege.” – Dr. Kelly Chung

Dr. Chung has travelled under the auspices of Health for Humanity to both Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and Tirana, Albania, to teach local ophthalmologists how to do advanced cataract surgery. She has gone to Fiji to the Mission at Natuvu to provide eye care including cataract surgeries to the local underserved population and is a member of Surgical Eye Expeditions International, which provides sustainable medical, surgical, and educational services through volunteer ophthalmic surgeons with the objectives of restoring sight and preventing blindness to disadvantaged individuals worldwide.  

Devin Gattey, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Devin Gattey, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Cure Blindness

“One of the most fulfilling moments of my life occurred in Ethiopia when we pulled off the bandages of a patient who had undergone cataract surgery in both eyes the day before. She had been blind for years and now could see. Everyone in the room began singing songs of joy. It was emotionally overwhelming.” – Dr. Devin Gattey

Cure Blindness works to eliminate preventable and curable blindness throughout the developing world.  In 2017, Dr. Gattey traveled with Cure Blindness to Aksum, a city in northern Ethiopia, where his team performed 550 cataract surgeries in five days in a modest hospital operating room. He has made 15 outreach trips in his capacity as an eye surgeon to places like India, Vietnam, Guatemala and Paraguay, and he developed a training program at OHSU Casey Eye Institute for doctors who want to practice in such places.

Grant R. Lindquist, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Grant R. Lindquist, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Mexico Medical Teams International

“We did about 50 cataract surgeries during the week. It was an unreal experience helping the native indigenous people. Many walking days to get to the clinic. All the surgeries  were done the old fashioned way with large incisions and expression of the lens. The thing I will always remember was the grandeur of the people and the beauty of their culture. They did with what they had and expressed great kindness and appreciation for our work.” – Dr. Grant R. Lindquist

Since 1979, Medical Teams International has provided life-saving medical care for people in crisis, including survivors of the Rwandan genocide, the South Asia tsunami in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. The organization is focused on refugee crisis situations, natural disasters, health care for mothers and children, and access to dental work. Dr. Lindquist has had the privilege of traveling with Medical Teams International to do cataract surgery for local residents in Mexico.

Jennifer L. Lyons, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Jennifer L. Lyons, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Project Access NOW and Medical Teams International

“I have done several trips with Medical Teams International (formerly NW Medical Teams) to Mexico and El Salvador. What a thrill it was to take off the bandages the day after cataract surgery in people who were previously blind, allowing them to see the first time in years! Now that there are so many uninsured and under-insured people in our state of Oregon, I have been providing this same service locally in conjunction with Project Access, offering free eye care and surgery to indigent patients who live in Portland.” — Dr. Jennifer L. Lyons

Project Access NOW connects low-income people to the care they need by partnering with care providers, hospitals, clinics and other community-based organizations to address the health care system’s limitations in Portland, Oregon. In addition, project Access NOW works to connect patients to affordable prescription medication, and provides safe discharge services from the emergency room, such as transportation and medical assistance. Dr. Lyons volunteers her time for Project Access NOW and has worked with Medical Teams International.  

Christen K. Richard, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Christen K. Richard, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Outside In – Project Erase

“It is wonderful to be able to help youth and adults erase the gang and hate tattoos from their body and watch them transform their lives.” – Dr. Christen K. Richard

Project Erase, a division of Portland, Ore., non-profit Outside In, removes unwanted tattoos on a very low cost sliding fee scale, using a Quanta Q+C laser. This popular tattoo removal program has helped thousands of people erase the emotionally painful reminders of their past by removing tattoos that can be social barriers. Tattoo removal provides a gateway to employment, increased self-esteem and improved social mobility. Dr. Richard is one of 27 physicians that volunteer with Project Erase.

Vasiliki D. Stoumbos, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Vasiliki D. Stoumbos, M.D.

OPHTHALMOLOGIST

Medical Teams International – Mexico and Honduras and Hospital de la Familia in Guatemala 

Medical Teams International provides life-saving medical care for people in crisis, including survivors of the Rwandan genocide, the South Asia tsunami in 2004, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Dr. Stoumbos has had the privilege of traveling with Medical Teams International to do cataract surgery for residents in Mexico and Honduras. She also has volunteered at the Hospital de la Familia in Guatemala, a medical facility offering medical and surgical eye care as well as general medical, surgery, pediatric, obstetrical and dental services to the area’s poor, indigenous people. — Dr. Visiliki D. Stoumbous

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