Medical Professionals

HelpMeSee is committed to ending the global health crisis of cataract blindness by partnering with leading medical researchers, doctors, nurses, and public health experts to develop sustainable solutions to eliminating blindness. To date, we have partnered with 31 local hospitals and 303 partner surgeons to deliver cataract surgery to over 250,000 of patients in 11 countries around the world.


At the centerpiece of HelpMeSee’s global program to eliminate cataract blindness is a simulation-based training program focused on training specialists in MSICS (Manual Surgical Incision Cataract Surgery), a high quality and low-cost procedure for cataract blindness. Our training program prepares eye care professionals to deliver the high-volume MSICS procedures needed to reduce the backlog of patients awaiting treatment.


HelpMeSee Eye Surgical Simulator

To make this large-scale training possible, we are developing HelpMeSee’s Eye Surgical Simulator, which combines realistic computer graphics and physics modeling with motion controls and haptic-feedback to accurately recreate the MSICS procedure. Working with our technology partners and team of experienced ophthalmologists, this surgical simulator is part of an integrated learning system designed to support the training of tens of thousands of cataract surgeons.

Benefits of simulation-based training include

  • A surgeon’s ability to achieve a higher level of proficiency before completing the live surgery that is part of training.
  • Recording and monitoring surgical performance on the Eye Surgical Simulator that is then used in instructors’ feedback.
  • A trainee can repeat individual steps of the surgery until the desired level of proficiency is achieved.
  • The cataract specialist’s proficiency level is documented through each stage of training.

 




The HelpMeSee simulation training program is intended to replace the traditional MSICS training, which is primarily dependent on performing live surgery. HelpMeSee believes that the Eye Surgical Simulator will reduce the time required to acquire surgical skills and qualifying for independent surgery.

Once completed, simulation-based training will likely prove to be a more effective method to train the large numbers of qualified surgeons who are needed to significantly reduce the number of blind people due to cataracts.

HelpMeSee is an ongoing contributor to medical research. Current projects are:

A study of socio-economic impact of cataract surgery in Uttar Pradesh, India.

HelpMeSee is partnering with the Venu Eye Institute & Research Centre in New Delhi, India to conduct a study on the social and economic impact of treatment for cataract blindness in Chhaprauli, Baghpat, Uttarpradesh, India. Venu Eye Institute personnel will survey patients to determine the health, economic opportunities, and quality life outcomes after undergoing treatment for cataract blindness.

Principal Investigators:

  • Dr. Hinaben Patel, Programs Analyst, HelpMeSee
  • Dr. Van Charles Lansingh, Chief Medical Officer, Latin America,HelpMeSee;
  • Matthew Walden, Clinical Research Coordinator, HelpMeSee

 

Testing the efficiency of “Reach,” m-Health smartphone application for cataract screening developed by HelpMeSee

HelpMeSee is partnering with Instituto Damos Vision in Lima, Peru to conduct a pilot project to identify pediatric cataracts patients in underserved communities. The project aims to demonstrate the efficiency of HelpMeSee’s Android-based Reach application to find, map, and monitor the delivery of eye care. Funding is provided by USAID’s Childhood Blindness Prevention program.

Principle Investigators:
  • Dr. Van Charles Lansingh, Chief Medical Officer, Latin America, HelpMeSee
  • Dr. Hinaben Patel, Business Intelligence and Quality Assurance (QA) Lead, HelpMeSee
  • Dr. Luz Gordillo, Instituto Damos Vision

To treat the estimated 20 million blind due to cataracts (WHO), our program relies on the efforts of proficient cataract care specialists, clinics, and healthcare delivery teams. Participants who would like to work with us can do so in several capacities:

Partner Hospital

Hospital or health care providers who may already be offering cataract care, can receive training on Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) and use our mobilization technology, tools, surgical records systems and campaign portal, to enhance the delivery of quality cataract surgery to their patients.

Partner Surgeon

We can also help the individual provider who would like to start or grow their practice in the delivery of MSICS and follow-up care.

Community Outreach Work

Our community outreach and mobilization platforms are available to the organizations and individuals that reach out to the communities in need of cataract care.

For more information on the ways to get involved as a medical or health care delivery organization download our "Market Solutions in the Fight to End Cataract Blindness" brochure.

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Dr. Van Charles Lansingh, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Professor Van Charles Lansingh has worked to reduce blindness around the world and currently serves as Chief Medical Officer at HelpMeSee. In this role, he will lead the campaign's work with surgical partners arounf the world, while also serving as the lead for blindness and public health research. Dr. Lansingh has written extensively in various areas of ophthalmology, especially on blindness, and has worked for more than a decade as the Latin America Regional Coordinator for the IAPB.

His full bio and profile is available here.

dr-ranjit-maniar.jpgDr. Ranjit Maniar, M.B.B.S., M.S.
Medical Officer, Asia

Dr. Ranjit Maniar has been in clinical practice for over 35 years and currently serves as Medical Officer for Asia at HelpMeSee. In 1979 Ranjit earned his MD in Ophthalmology from the Lokmanya Tilak Medical College in Mumbai, where he specialized in cataract surgery. Since Dr. Maniar has had over three decades of experience as a Medical Administrator, Medical Systems Analyst and as an Auditor.

He has been the Chief Organizer for the Eye Advance International Conferences for the past 26 years and has presented innumerable papers on cataract, glaucoma, community ophthalmology, surgical techniques, and more subjects at national and international conferences. Dr. Maniar has served an undergraduate and a postgraduate teacher, and is excited to train the next generation of cataract specialists and lead at HelpMeSee.

Dr Yang Xiao headshot.jpgDr. Yang Xiao, MD
Medical Officer, China

Dr. Yang Xiao is an experienced consultant and senior surgeon, currently serving as HelpMeSee’s Medical Officer for China. Over 25 years of medical practice, Dr. Xiao has performed over 20,000 cataract surgeries, including his work as a volunteer with HelpMeSee China since 2014. Dr. Xiao has mentored and trained over 40 ophthalmic surgeons through hands-on transfer of surgical skills, and believes in HelpMeSee’s mission of simulation-based training for cataract specialists as the future of surgical training.

Jean_Marie_Andre.jpgDr. Jean-Marie André, MD
Medical Officer, Africa

Dr. Jean-Marie André is HelpMeSee’s Medical Officer for Africa, providing his extensive experience in providing surgical training in West Africa. As an ophthalmologist specializing in cataract surgery, he established a partnership through the Marseille School of Medicine which has successfully trained over 50 cataract surgeons for the West Africa region.

Since joining HelpMeSee in 2014, he has trained many more cataract specialists in Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) in Madagascar, Togo, and The Gambia. He is renowned as an inventor and developer of surgical instruments for cataract surgery, holding numerous patents for surgical instrumentation and serves as a leading consultant for cataract surgical instruments.

Glenn Strauss (headshot).jpgDr. Glenn Strauss, MD
Chief Subject Matter Expert
Texas, United States

Dr. Glenn Strauss serves as HelpMeSee’s Chief Simulator Subject Matter Expert, working closely to apply his decades of experience to develop their Eye Surgical Simulator. Glenn graduated from the University of Texas, Austin, Magna Cum Laude. He has been an American Academy of Ophthalmology fellow since 1986. For the past 30 years, Dr. Strauss has held numerous training positions in the U.S. and internationally. Since joining HelpMeSee in 2011, he has developed novel approaches for cataract surgery skills training in developing countries and has worked extensively in the development of high fidelity simulation models for surgical training.

Read his full bio, profile, and CV here.

Dr Akshay Nair.jpgDr. Akshay Gopinathan Nair, MBBS, MS
Simulation Subject Matter Expert 
Mumbai, India

Dr. Nair has joined HelpMeSee as a Simulation Subject Matter Expert (SME). He completed his MS from Sankara Nethralaya, Chennai, India. Following this, he underwent fellowship training programs in ophthalmic plastic surgery, ocular oncology and facial aesthetics at L V Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad, and at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, USA. He currently serves as faculty at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and Advanced Eye Hospital & Institute in Mumbai, India.

He has a strong academic background with over 60 peer-reviewed indexed publications and 10 textbook chapters. With his expertise and insights in ophthalmic microsurgery, Dr. Nair will richly contribute to the simulation development process.

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Dr. Ashish Bacchav, MBBS, DNB, FAEH

Lead Instructor and SME
Mumbai, India

Dr. Bacchav has joined HelpMeSee as Lead Instructor and Subject Matter Eexpert. He is a Fellow of Cornea & Microsurgery from Aravind Eye Hospital, Tirunelveli, India, and a senior consultant with eye hospitals in Thane, India. He brings to the table a vast amount of experience of more than 10,000 surgeries across MSICS, Phacoemulsification, LASIK, Cornea and Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Bacchav will play a critical role in training and leading the team of Instructors who will in turn train MSIC surgeons. As an SME, he will also work with Dr. Nair to help with the MSICS surgical simulation development for training purposes.

dr-chetan-ahiwalay (square).jpgDr. Chetan Ahiwalay, MS
Senior Instructor and SME
Mumbai, India

Dr. Ahiwalay has joined HelpMeSee as Senior Instructor and SME. He has done Fellowships in Phacoemulsification as well as Medical Retina from Sankara Nethralaya and Aravind Eye Hospital respectively – two of India’s top eye hospitals.

In his role at HelpMeSee, he will assist Dr. Bacchav in training and managing our team of Instructors, besides providing his inputs in developing our MSICS surgical simulators from the training perspective. In addition to his engagement with HelpMeSee, Dr. Ahiwalay also extensively practices cataract and anterior segment surgery, and comes with rich experience in MSICS practice and training.

Dr-Tejas-Sheth (square).jpgDr. Tejas Sheth, MBBS, MS
Instructor
Mumbai, IN

Dr. Sheth has joined HelpMeSee as an Instructor. He comes in with over six years of practice in trust hospitals and private hospitals. In addition, he has worked four years in the field of pharmacovigilance (medical review) at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Mumbai, India. Working along with HelpMeSee’s team of instructors, Dr. Sheth will be responsible for training MSICS surgeons, using simulation based learning system.