Drs. Steven Yeh & Jessica Shantha Share Dr. Lowell A. Gess’ Video & His “Call to Action” in West Africa

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Drs. Steven Yeh and Jessica Shantha, Emory Eye Center, Atlanta, GA, at the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Las Vegas. Their interview with Dr. Thomas A. Albini, Miami, FL, posted on RetinaLink on September 15, 2015, discussed their work in West Africa treating Ebola-associated eye disease. Dr. Yeh is an Associate Professor in Uveitis and Vitreoretinal Surgery and Dr. Shantha is a Medical Retina Fellow. I will readily admit meeting Drs. Yeh and Shantha was a high point of my AAO this year. Our meeting was short and very special… They told me about Lowell A. Gess, BD, MD and his work to expand an eye hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone and his ongoing humanitarian efforts in Africa spanning decades. During the Ebola outbreak, Dr. Gess traveled to West Africa in January 2015. He was extraordinary and ensured patients received the care they needed.

Dr. Gess’ Call to Action video is compelling. He’s now 94 and has made 186 transatlantic flights across the ocean. His commitment to medicine and better quality of life for patients is unprecedented. I know you will appreciate the Call to Action video. And, many thanks again to Drs. Yeh and Shantha for sharing this with RetinaLink. Special thanks to vitreoretinal surgeon Dr. Renaud Duval for the expert video production to highlight the ongoing, tremendous eye care needs of Ebola survivors in West Africa.

Dr. Steven Yeh can be reached via e-mail @ steven.yeh@emory.edu

Featured Photo: Emory/Quiet Eye West Africa Project Team at SIM/ELWA Hospital in Monrovia, Liberia (left to right): Dr. Brent Hayek (Emory), Dr. Jessica Shantha, Dr. Steven Yeh, Dr. John Fankhauser (ELWA Hospital) and Dr. Ian Crozier

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