As SEE’s Medical Director, Dr. M. Scott Hickman provides guidance in regards to medical practices and education for our Programs team. As a board-certified ophthalmologist with a master’s degree in Public Health for Eye Care from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Scott has performed sight restoring surgeries in Ghana, Kenya, India, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Scott has also taught many aspiring SEE Doctors the specialized MSICS procedure, allowing more skilled doctors to go out and make an impact.
Scott was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, and graduated from the University of Kansas with degrees in Anthropology and German. After college he spent 2 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mauritania, West Africa in Disease Control and Water Sanitation. He attended medical school at the University of Hawaii, completed his internship in Internal Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City, and received his ophthalmology training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. In 2016, Scott dedicated his career to global blindness, becoming SEE’s Medical Director and taking his wife and their 3 young children to London, England to complete his master’s degree:
“I have met some fantastic surgeons, and some amazing and wonderful people working at SEE, in the UK, and around the world, and have been involved in the amazing small miracle of cataract surgery that can transform people’s lives.”Dr. Scott Hickman
“My time in London really opened my eyes to the magnitude of vision loss in the world, and not just the challenges we face, but also some strategies and solutions to relieve the burden that blindness inflicts on people. I have met some fantastic surgeons, and some amazing and wonderful people working at SEE, in the UK, and around the world, and have been involved in the amazing small miracle of cataract surgery that can transform people’s lives.”
Scott works remotely from Kansas (or wherever his travels take him), but he’s always around when needed. Scott is also the founder of Ad Astra Eye, a private practice in Lawrence, Kansas. Outside of work, Scott enjoys spending time with his family, hiking, and bicycling in gravel road races.
Dr. Scott Hickman – Medical Director