If blindness is preventable, then let us do it big: Dr V K Raju

Washington: Dr Vadrevu (V K) Raju, founder and medical director of the Eye Foundation of America, has been inducted into The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Science’s Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame.

Dr Vadrevu (V K) Raju

Dr Vadrevu (V K) Raju

For the past four decades, Dr Raju, an ophthalmologist who specializes in corneal and refractive surgery, has been on a crusade to eliminate avoidable blindness in parts of the world plagued by poverty and poor access to medical care.

Born in India, he earned a medical degree from Andhra University and completed an ophthalmology residency and fellowship at the Royal Eye Group of Hospitals in London.

Dr Raju is board-certified in ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.

He is a clinical professor of ophthalmology at West Virginia University, the section chief of the ophthalmology department at Monongalia General Hospital, and runs a private practice.

Eye Foundation of America provides world-class state-of-the art services through traveling eye camps and permanent brick-and-motor hospitals built by the foundation, including the Goutami Eye Institute that Dr Raju helped found in 2006, according to a statement by The University of Toledo.

Since the inception of the Eye Foundation of America, these camps and institutes have facilitated more than 600 physician exchanges, trained more than 200 ophthalmologists, served 2 million patients, and performed 300,000 vision-saving surgeries in 21 countries operating on three guiding principles: service, teaching and research, the statement said.

In children, the main focus of efforts by the Eye Foundation of America, the gift of sight results in 75 years of a full and productive life. No child will be denied treatment, and children from around the world can come to receive world-class services.

Dr Raju, who was inducted into the Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame on April 1, said, “If blindness is preventable, then let us do it big.”

Dr Lawrence V Conway, UT professor emeritus of finance, founded the Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame in 2004 to honour individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to advancing the medical well-being of people around the world.

In 2006, the Global Medical Missions Hall of Fame became affiliated with the UT College of Medicine and Life Sciences. The hall of fame can be seen in the lobby of the Jacobs Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Centre.

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