September 8, 2014

Renowned Nepali eye surgeon, Sanduk Ruit, is the keynote speaker at U-M Kellogg Eye Center’s International Night

Dr. Sanduk Ruit
Sanduk Ruit, M.D.

Sanduk Ruit, M.D., Nepali eye surgeon whose small-incision cataract procedure has restored sight for hundreds of thousands of people in the developing world, will present the keynote address at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center’s second annual International Night, a symposium to highlight international opportunities for medical students and ophthalmology trainees. 

The event will be held on Monday evening, September 22, 2014, at the Kellogg Eye Center Oliphant-Marshall Auditorium. It is co-hosted by the Kellogg Eye Center for International Ophthalmology and U-M Global REACH.  Joseph C. Kolars, M.D., director, U-M Global REACH and senior associate dean for education and global initiatives, will introduce a series of short talks by U-M students and physicians who have worked overseas. 

Dr. Ruit is the co-founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project (1995), which works to eradicate preventable and curable blindness through high quality ophthalmic care, education, and the establishment of a world-class eye care infrastructure.   He is also winner of the Ramon Magsaysay Award (2006) — known as Asia’s version of the Nobel Prize; Thailand's Prince Mahidol Award (2007); and Reader’s Digest Asian of the Year (2007). 

Dr. Ruit with patientsDr. Ruit is the subject of a 2013 book titled, Second Suns: Two Doctors and Their Amazing Quest to Restore Sight and Save Lives, by David Oliver Relin, which tells the story of Dr. Ruit and Geoffrey Tabin, M.D., Dr. Ruit’s associate from the United States, two doctors that have devoted their lives to restoring sight in the developing world.

The Kellogg Eye Center for International Ophthalmology was established in 2013 to facilitate international clinical and research activities for the Eye Center.  “International experience is becoming increasingly important in the education of our future physicians,” says Jonathan Trobe, M.D., professor of ophthalmology and neurology, U-M Kellogg Eye Center, and co-director of the Kellogg Eye Center for International Ophthalmology.  “We’re finding that our medical students and physicians are more and more eager to pursue research in other countries and to learn about the global practice of medicine.”

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