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ASCRS Foundation 2020 March Newsletter



We are pleased to announce the all new ASCRS Foundation website, With enhanced navigation to deliver a seamless user experience, this dynamic new platform features an all-new design with more information about Foundation projects, highlights of current and past achievements and profiles of those who donate their time and talent to fuel the Foundation's mission. The new website is fully integrated with making it easy to locate all available ASCRS and Foundation resources.

We hope you find the new a valuable tool and we look forward to sharing future news of the Foundation's work.

Highlights of the website include:


The ASCRS Foundation is honored to bestow the 2020 Chang Humanitarian Award on an ophthalmologist who for over sixty-years has worked to improve the lives of cataract patients in West Africa, Dr. Lowell Gess. Possessing a quiet and gentle spirit, Dr. Gess’ humanitarian journey began before he even chose ophthalmology. And now more than a half-century later, his namesake eye hospital in Sierra Leone stands as testament to his life’s work. Click here to learn more about Dr. Gess’ incredible story.

Endowed by a generous gift from David & Victoria Chang, the ASCRS Foundation Chang Humanitarian Award was established to honor and recognize outstanding humanitarian work in the area of cataract blindness. The award will be presented to Dr. Gess at the 2020 ASCRS Annual Meeting.

Dr. Gess has earmarked the $50,000 grant for the Lowell and Ruth Gess Eye Hospital to help expand facilities and provide a more complete eyecare program in Sierra Leone.


The Foundation needs both the support of industry and individuals to ensure the success of its programs. Opportunities for your company to support the ASCRS Foundation are now available. We are grateful to the growing number of industry leaders who, through their actions, have demonstrated their commitment to ongoing humanitarian eye care.

The Foundation is devoted to building meaningful partnerships that bring your commitment to improving the world’s vision to life. When you company becomes a Foundation partner, you join a group of influential supporters, gain access to unique opportunities, earn additional ASCRS Priority Points used to improve future booth location, and help restore sight to thousands of patients. For more information and a full list of recognition opportunities contact Molly Gascoigne at


The ASCRS Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2020 Young Eye Surgeon International Service Grant. The grant's purpose is to inspire young eye surgeons to become involved with global eyecare on a long-term basis. The grant affords the opportunity for the winners to experience and participate in international health care system efforts, including teaching institutions and community programs, in developing countries. Working with ASCRS Foundation and its international partners, recipients develop their own customized international volunteer plan that enable young surgeons to learn first-hand the intricacies behind global eyecare efforts. The ASCRS Foundation would like to thank the Grant Review Committee for their commitment in selecting the inaugural cohort, and for their work in helping to craft experiences designed to inspire global volunteer service.

The ASCRS Foundation and the society’s membership are active volunteers and program leaders in the effort to address global cataract blindness. This initial group of global changemakers will undoubtedly make a difference in communities around the world in 2020.

Keri Allen, MD

Priya Mathews, MD, MPH

Milad Modabber, MD, M.Sc., FRCSC

Yusra Siddiqui, MD

Erin Sieck, MD

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