Lectures & Courses - For Treating Eye Diseases Or Vision Cure


In Spring 2019, the Center for Academic Global Ophthalmology (CAGO) in alliance with SEE International will be running another manual small incision cataract surgery (MSICS) course at Wills Eye Hospital (<-- click for directions.) The course will include didactics and a wet lab, with the goal of preparing you to perform successful MSICS. We will have multiple seasoned MSICS instructors available to teach and proctor the wet lab.

These courses have been extremely popular in the past and prior registration is recommended.

Vision Cure Courses
Meet Dr. Ciku (Wanjiku) Mathenge who is a highly -trained senior ophthalmologist that has transformed the lives of countless people. Kenyan by nationality but now living in Rwanda, Ciku. During her career, Ciku has witnessed several positive changes to eye health in the region, but there is still a noticeable disparity between the rate of blindness in women and men. The answer to this problem, Ciku believes, lies in education and training.

Kindly check back for the exact dates after January 1, 2019. We typically have ophthalmologists from throughout the country join for this program.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 2:00pm - 5:45pm
Dr. Wanjiku ‘Ciku’ Mathenge,Founder, Rwanda International Institute of Ophthalmology

Previous Paton Lecturers

John Cropsey, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology at Hope Africa University
Kibuye, Burundi

Gullapalli N. Rao, MD, FACS, D.Sc, D.Med
LV Prasad Eye Institute
Hyderabad, India

Richard L. Abbott, MD
Thomas W. Boyden Health Sciences Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology
Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology
University of California
San Francisco, CA

R.V. Paul Chan, MD
Professor of Pediatric Retina
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Retina Service
Weill Cornell Medical College
New York, NY

David Paton, MD
Founder and former Medical Director of Project ORBIS International

David Paton, MD, is an internationally recognized academic ophthalmologist, a humanitarian and founder of several non-profit organizations dedicated to providing eye care to the citizens of developing countries. Now retired, Dr. Paton is the founder and former medical director of Project ORBIS International, the world's only Flying Eye Hospital and mobile teaching hospital.

Dr. Paton is a 1952 graduate of Princeton University and a 1956 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. After completing a medical internship at Cornell University Medical College's New York Hospital, he spent two years in ophthalmology research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. He completed his five-year residency in ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital's Wilmer Eye Institute. Inspired by his father, the late Dr. R. Townley Paton, also an ophthalmologist and founder of the world's first eye bank in 1944, Dr. David Paton established one of the earliest eye banks in the Middle East. He was decorated for his efforts by King Hussein of Jordan.

Dr. Paton has received numerous accolades for Project ORBIS, which since its creation has carried out more than 1,000 program in 88 countries, enhanced the skills of more than 288,000 eye health care personnel, and helped provide quality eye care treatment to more than 15 million people. He received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and was made Chevalier in the French Legon of Honor in 1988.