Our department has always been committed to sharing the experience, knowledge and resources of the UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences with institutions around the world in the areas of patient care, education and research. This commitment has strengthened our programs over the years by welcoming doctors and learners from all over the world, as well as sending our team across the globe to learn new methods, help those in need and share knowledge.
Since the late 1970’s, the department has engaged in various global projects and collaborations around the world including: Brazil, China, El Salvador, Gambia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, Mexico, Myanmar, Paraguay, the Philippines, South Korea and more. We officially established the International Ophthalmology Initiatives (IOI) program in 2016, co-directed by UW professor and oculoplastic specialist Cat N. Burkat, MD, FACS and Yasmin S. Bradfield, MD, pediatric ophthalmologist and John W. Doolittle Professor.
Pictured Above: Resident, Braden Burckhard’s international rotation, October 20-28, 2018 in Manila and Tacloban City, Philippines. Photo taken outside the Divine Word Hospital with local volunteers and ophthalmologists during a 3-day mission to Tacloban City, Philippines.
“I am extremely grateful for the friends I gained and the opportunity to provide care for this truly genuine and caring patient population. Words cannot fully describe my appreciation for this unforgettable experience” – Burckhard