We welcome our 2019-2020 AGO Fellow: Dr. John Anhalt

Born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota I moved to San Antonio, Texas for undergraduate education at Trinity University.  There, I majored biochemistry with a secondary focus in classical studies.  In the last year of college, my analytical chemistry professor had suggested that I look into volunteering with the Peace Corps.  Six months later, I was packing my bags to spend the next two years teaching science and math in a rural mountain village in the Kingdom of Lesotho.  Those two years were formative and will forever guide my career trajectory.

During that experience, I decided to apply to medical school and subsequently moved back to Texas to study at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio.  My initial interest was in infectious disease, instead, however, ophthalmology found itself as the perfect fit for my interests and an ideal specialty to launch a career in global medicine.  Throughout the residency, Wills Eye Hospital has facilitated every interest and has provided every opportunity towards furthering this endeavor.  Since my acceptance to Wills Eye in 2015, I have been following the Academic Global Ophthalmology fellows’ blog while eagerly awaiting the opportunity to embark on this incredible year.