Humanitarian of the Year Awards 2015
World Sight Day 2015
In honor of World Sight Day in 2015, SEE launched an annual Humanitarian of the Year Award, to recognize the outstanding dedication and achievement of volunteer ophthalmologists committed to ending avoidable blindness. The award will be given out annually to two SEE International ophthalmologists – one that is US based and another living internationally.
In 2015, SEE was proud to honor David Michael Colvard, M.D., F.A.C.S. & Diego Mejia, M.D. who have done so much to help our organization in its campaign to end avoidable blindness worldwide.
David Michael Colvard, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Colvard, of Encino, CA, has volunteered with SEE since 1997. As of 2015, he has been on eighteen humanitarian expeditions to Namibia, and restored sight to approximately 5,000 men, women, and children, completely free of charge. His sense of altruism has motivated him since childhood. “As a young boy, I remember reading about Dr. Albert Schweitzer and Dr. Thomas Dooley,” he recounts. “[I was] captivated by the idea of working as a physician in areas of the world where resources were meager and the need for medical care was greatest. I decided very early in life that I wanted to be a part of this mission.” He frequently collaborates with fellow SEE Doc and 2015 United Nations Mandela Prize laureate Helena Ndume, M.D.
Diego Mejia, M.D
Dr. Mejia, of San Pedro Sula, Honduras, plays an integral role in training ophthalmologists from around the globe to perform eye surgeries in the developing world. Every year since 2005, he teaches volunteer doctors how to perform the MSICS technique, which is a safe, quick, effective method of cataract removal necessary to performing cataract surgery in remote settings all around the world.