A Promise to Peru

Stony Brook Alumni Restore Sight to Patients in Peru


Alumni in Peru

Nine School of Medicine alumni teamed up with medical students, faculty and staff from Stony Brook University Hospital to travel to remote areas of the Sacred Valley of Peru for 4 weeks this summer for a volunteer medical mission. They had a traveling eye clinic which examined hundreds of patients in remote Andes mountain towns. The medical students were trained in basic refraction techniques and the clinic was able to dispense hundreds of pairs of donated eyeglasses. The physicians performed cataract surgeries for patients with severely impaired vision. In one week, over 400 patients were evaluated for ophthalmic complaints and 36 surgical procedures were performed. A Promise to Peru was established by John Shanley, MD, Debra Messina, MD '88 and Natalie DiGioia, MD '01 in October 2011.