There is a lot of pathology that we share between respective clinics but it is not that often, indeed probably never, that we get together as a group of colleagues to talk about these cases. So thank you very much indeed for coming, and for giving your Saturday, and thank you to your better halves for allowing you to come, because I am sure there have been interesting discussions at home about using your Saturday like this.
This collaboration is between several key players including London and Manchester, and Saj Ataullah and I decided this would be a good idea, and a particular welcome therefore to all of our Manchester colleagues and thank you for making such an effort to come. And the two other members of the group are Harvard Medical School, and thank you to two colleagues from Harvard, and for another colleague from America for coming, as well as the Singapore National Eye Centre.
These groups belong to parts of the world which in their own ways support the Eye Hospital Group, and that is why we are called the St John Ophthalmic Association, and you will be hearing a little bit more about this as the day goes on, and do feel free to ask us any questions about that .
We are here in the pursuit of excellence, and we could not do that without our Faculty. A special thanks to them all for tolerating the number of missives that you have received from me over that past week or two. I make no apology whatsoever, but thank you very much indeed for your patience as we have pushed this forwards. And particularly to Priscilla Mathewson who cannot be here today, but who was here until late last night sorting out various details. And thanks to Anouk Borg, and Neil Kitchen, and to the AV team and Sri Gore who were up at about 05:30 this morning getting things together.
I would like to make a note of thanks to Dr Michael Dan. He is one of those rare individuals who is not only medically trained, with a neurosurgical training in America, but who in recent years has focussed entirely on philanthropy with remarkable effect – particularly with respect to the St John Eye Hospital Group which is supported by the entire world to keep our Jerusalem and Gaza hospitals running, and many of you have been out there.
So thank you again, and I shall introduce Michael Dan who will say a few words, and after that, Geoff, if you would like to take your seat with your three chairmen, and we shall start the congress.
Bio: David Verity MD MA FRCOphth was appointed consultant to Moorfields Eye Hospital in 2004. He is a surgical trainer in Europe and abroad, the current President, and past Treasurer, of the British Oculoplastic Surgery Society, and current Treasurer of the European Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. In 2009 he joined the Orbital Society, and from 2010 - 17 was Editor-in Chief of ORBIT.In 2016 Mr Verity joined the Board of Governors of the St John Eye Hospital Group, is current Chair of Clinical Governance, and the Chair of the SOA. In 2018 he was appointed Hospitaller of the Order of St John.
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The St John Ophthalmic Association was established in 2015 and is formed of clinicians, nurses, managers, and IT and healthcare professionals from across the world. The group exists to coordinate the post-graduate ophthalmic activities of the Order of St John, uniting supporters from all professional walks of life in support of The Order of St John.
The SOA not only supports the strategy of the Hospital Board in advancing teaching, training and research across all branches of the St John Eye Hospital Group (SJEHG), but also supports the developing St John Ophthalmic Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg.Bookmark