Dr. Catherine Macaraig Delivers Annual De Venecia Lecture

Catherine Macaraig, MD (Fellowship 1994), assistant professor and pediatric ophthalmologist and adult strabismus specialist from the University of Santo Tomas (UST), Manila, Philippines, delivered the Guillermo and Marta de Venecia Lecture, entitled “Challenges in the Management of Pediatric Eye Disease in the Philippines,” at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (DOVS) Virtual Grand Rounds on February 19.

Robert Castrovinci, MD (Residency 1977), gave opening remarks in tribute to the work of Guillermo and Marta.


Dr. Catherine Macaraig discusses her time in the UW DOVS Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Fellowship Program at the 2021 de Venecia Lecture on February 19.


Dr. Macaraig graduated from the UW DOVS Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Fellowship Program in 1994. She works closely with the DOVS education and global ophthalmology teams, as UST is one of the partner sites for ophthalmology resident fieldwork.

About the de Venecia Lecture

Guillermo de Venecia and his wife, nurse Marta de Venecia, began traveling to the Philippines and treating the rural community in 1978. Their goal was to restore sight to thousands of people affected by cataracts due to limited healthcare access in the Philippines. The de Venecias, through the Free Rural Eye Clinics Corp., generously gave a gift to the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences to continue the de Venecias’ impactful legacy. The funds assist in providing free eye surgery, medical treatment and consultation to indigent patients and introduction of new treatments to providers. It also provides opportunities for collaboration and learning experiences through an exchange program. This lecture was named in their honor.

View the 2021 de Venecia Lecture


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