New Faculty Member Leads Ethiopia Outreach


Dr. Lawrence photo

Scott Lawrence, MD, who completed his ophthalmology residency with us in 2009, has joined our faculty as an associate professor of Ophthalmology. Dr. Lawrence is laying the groundwork for establishing the Discover Eye Institute, a new international Center of Excellence in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, where he moved with his family in August 2015. 

The new center will be academically oriented, providing ophthalmology training for Ethiopian physicians, as well as clinical and surgical services. With a population of nearly 100 million, Ethiopia has only about 100 ophthalmologists -- one eye doctor for every 1 million citizens. 1.6 million Ethiopians are blind, and 2.5 million have debilitating low vision from preventable or treatable causes. Thus, the need for eye care and physician training is critical. While working to establish the new center, Dr. Lawrence is currently working to help as many Ethiopians as he can with clinical and surgical services while also training Ethiopian doctors.

These efforts are supported by the World Cataract Foundation and the Hamilton Eye Institute, whose greatest strides are made through the generosity of individual donors and foundations for whom we are deeply grateful.

Dr. Lawrence in Ethiopia
"One of my first impressions was arriving at the clinic and seeing thousands of patients, who had camped out the night before, lined up as far as the eye can see. Many of these men, women and children had traveled for days - sometimes by stretcher - to reach our camp."  --Dr. Scott Lawrence