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Rotary Avoidable Blindness Seminar : The Programme

3 February 2017 1,465 views No Comment

Rotary Avoidable Blindness Seminar
(in observance of World Glaucoma Week 2017)
Wednesday 15 March 2017 (2pm-5pm)
@Auditorium, YMCA of Singapore
1 Orchard Road, Singapore 238824
Organised by Rotary E-Club of 3310


2.00pm Opening

Keynote Address on World Glaucoma Week 2017 – PDG David Tong & Rotary Advisor PP John Tan

2.25pm 1st Speaker

Dr Gerard Nah – Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Sight
MBChB(Aberd), DAvMed(Lon), MMed(Ophth)(S’pore), FRCSEd, FAMS(Ophth)

Dr Gerard Nah is a Senior Consultant Eye Surgeon trained in the sub-specialty of Cornea and Refractive Surgery. He graduated from the Aberdeen University, UK and underwent training as an eye surgeon locally under the Singapore Armed Forces Post-graduate Scholarship (Medical). He was also a clinical fellow at the University of British Columbia and understudied the US Navy’s Warfighter Refractive Surgery Programme. He founded and headed the SAF Vision Performance Centre, directing Singapore's own Military Refractive Surgery programmes and treating the SAF’s elite. Dr Nah is also accredited in Aviation Medicine and headed the RSAF Aeromedical Centre. He is Consultant in Ophthalmology and Aviation Medicine to the Ministry of Defence and was awarded the Commendation Medal (Military) for his services at the National Day Awards 2011. He holds the rank of Senior Lieutenant Colonel. Currently, Dr Nah is also consultant to the Civil Aviation Medical Board, Singapore Airlines and is a visiting consultant at the National University Hospital. Dr Nah's believes in enhance vision performance through medical technology whilst maintaining high safety standards.

2.50pm 2nd Speaker

Dr Rupesh Agrawal – Causes of reversible blindness other than cataract and refractive error
MD(Res) (UCL), MMed (Singapore), FRCS(Glasgow), FAMS, DNB, DO

Dr Rupesh Agrawal is practising as Consultant Ophthalmologist at National Healthcare Group Eye Institute, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore. After completing his medical studies from Nagpur, India he did his post-graduation and fellowship in Uveitis and Ocular trauma from Sankara Netralaya, Chennai, India, and was a faculty at L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, India before migrating to Singapore in 2009. He is currently engaged in significant translational and basic science research projects besides his clinical work and teaching duties. He was awarded two year fellowship by National Medical Research Council, Ministry of Health to pursue higher studies leading to Doctor of Medicine (Research) at University College London. As a Visiting Professor, he also had an opportunity to work at prestigious Moorfields Eye Hospital, London, UK. He has also done Global Clinical Scholars Research Training from prestigious Harvard Medical School. His areas of interest are ocular inflammatory disorders, ocular tuberculosis and HIV, ocular trauma, ocular nanotechnology, blood flow disorders, biomarkers and retinal imaging. He has published extensively and presented globally in field of scientific research. He is currently secretary of International Society of Ocular trauma and Asia Pacific Ophthalmic Trauma Society. He has been recipient of many awards and research grants. He was also conferred with Healthcare Humanity Award by President of Singapore in 2011 for his humanitarian and probono projects in remote areas of the world. He is also serving as a senior Advisory Board member for various organisations and involved heavily in charity projects across Asia. He has set up VIRAJ Healthcare Foundation to serve the community through knowledge, technology and humility.

3.15pm Gift of Sight – Nepal 2017

Rotarian Zwen Chua – Rotary E-Club 3310's Major Project for 2017
1,000 Cataract Eye Surgeries and 10,000 pairs of sunglasses in Hetauda, Nepal

3.30pm 3rd Speaker

Dr Low Cze Hong – Cataract: The Eyes Have It

Dr Low Cze Hong is a Senior Ophthalmic Surgeon with 41 years experience and 34 years private practice at Mt Elizabeth Hospital Singapore. He graduated with MBBS at the University of Singapore on a Government Scholarship and furthered his specialisation at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London and at the Institute of Ophthalmology, University of London on a Commonwealth Medical Scholarship courtesy of the British Council. He obtained triple first in his fellowship at Glasgow, Edinburgh and London's Royal College of Surgeons. He was Deputy Head at the Eye Department, Singapore General Hospital. Together with the late Dr Kwa Soon Bee and Professor Arthur Lim, he helped to establish a strong SNEC where he served for over ten years. Dr Low served in the Tanjong Pagar CCC as Patron and as President, Rotary Club of Raffles City and Assistant Governor for Rotary District 3310. He is Visiting Professor at Tianjin Medical University where he taught cataract surgery. He was awarded the Community Service Medal, SNEC Gold Medal, and many other awards from SNEC, Rotary commendation plaques and Presidental award. He is listed in Who's Who in Singapore, Marquis Who's who in health care and in Leading Physicians of the world. He was Visa Global advisor and lasik trainer in India, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and China. Cze Hong is a Council member of the International Society of Refractive Surgeons at the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

3.55pm 4th Speaker

Dr Benjamin Chang Chong Ming – Kids Eye Health
MB, BCh, BAO, FRCS(Irel), FRCS(Edin), FRCOphth(Lond)

Dr Benjamin Chang is a Senior Consultant in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, Singapore. He completed his paediatric ophthalmology fellowship in the Hospital for Sick Children Toronto, Canada. Dr Chang’s areas of practice include comprehensive ophthalmology, paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus (adult and children).

4.20pm 5th Speaker

Ms Chen Xuanyu – Low Vision Rehabilitation
BHSc (Occ Therapy), PG Cert Low Vision Rehab

Xuanyu Chen is a Senior Occupational Therapist who works with clients with low vision and visual impairments in an acute setting, National University Hospital (NUH). Since 2012, she was involved in the provision of low vision rehabilitation services in NUH, assessed and rehabilitated clients with visual impairment, both inpatient and outpatient. In 2014, she received her Postgraduate Certificate in Low Vision Rehabilitation from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, USA. She is also involved in developing and conducting the newly launched Senior EyE Rehabilitation (SEER) program in NUH. As an Occupational Therapist providing low vision rehabilitation services, she strives to enhance the independence of clients in their activities of daily living and the integration back to the community with the support from the various community partners.

4.45pm Medical Mission in Nepal 2017

Ms Lee Siew Yian, Volunteer, A New Vision – Managing Expectations, Costs, and Volunteers

5.00pm Close


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