Last April 2013, Dr. Mack Cheney (Office of Global Surgery and Health, Mass Eye and Ear) was invited to meet with Dr. Ram Shrestha and his colleagues at Dhulikhel Hospital in Nepal. An hour outside of downtown Kathmandu, Dhulikhel Hospital is poised to add much needed ENT and Ophthlamology capacity to Nepal’s healthcare system in the form of formalized residency programs. To advance their programs, they have identified a need for faculty and an academic partnership. We are working with Dr. Ram Shrestha, Dr. Ram Chaya (ENT), and Dr. Purnima Rajkarnikar (Ophthalmology) to identify priorities and navigate the Nepalese healthcare ecosystem.
In December 2013, Drs. Roberto Pineda (Mass Eye and Ear) and Ankoor Shah (Boston Children’s Hospital) visited Dhulikhel Hospital to provide instruction in the use and operation of the hospital’s new phaco machine as they transitioned from more traditional cataract surgery methods, improving their output in the first week to 19 cases. In addition to providing interoperative surgical instruction, Dr. Pineda worked with Dr. Purnima Rajkarnikar to modify the preoperative care plan for improved outcomes and lowered infection rates.