Our Ohana At Work

Annual Report 2020

Caring for the patient helps one patient.
Caring for the surgeon helps thousands of patients.

Michele Dee, MD

Ohana One President

Anesthesiologist, Cedars-Sinai
Head of the COVID airway team

LETTER FROM OUR PRESIDENT

Dear friends and supporters,

While we have all known for some time that the work Ohana One does is critical to improving and indeed changing surgical care around the globe, it has never been as apparent as it has been this past year.

With the onset of COVID-19, all of our lives changed in innumerable and unimaginable ways. Health care providers faced the challenge heroically as hospitals were overwhelmed with individuals suffering from COVID. Businesses and schools shuttered, and we were all faced with navigating a global pandemic. As a doctor and a parent, I experienced this in many ways just like each of you. One thing that became apparent was the systemic inequities the pandemic exposed. We saw these in our day-to-day lives, and we saw them in our work here at Ohana One.

Suddenly we were no longer able to execute our missions to Mozambique and Honduras; we were no longer able to provide critical surgical resources in developing countries that needed our support. Surgeons in developing countries who relied on external access to supplies and training were cut off from these resources almost overnight. Ohana One knew we needed to find a way to continue our critical work of closing the global surgical gap.

As a result, we focused our resources and time on our already established Surgical Sight Program. All of us on the Ohana One team knew this program had the potential to support surgeons in developing countries and provide critical care to thousands who would otherwise not have access to the complex surgeries they needed to live healthy productive lives. Partners across the international surgical mission landscape began reaching out to us for help and guidance as they faced similar obstacles.

We knew that our pilot program utilizing Vuzix Smart Glasses, along with our dedicated mentor surgeons, was the key to providing high-quality, remote surgical training to surgeons who otherwise lacked access to such life-changing education. In the setting of grounded mission crews, our training program instantly became the solution to connecting surgical guidance with local teams in need. The Ohana One Board of Directors chose to focus all of our resources on expanding the Surgical Sight Program, going from six to 50 pairs of remote training smart glasses across the globe.

While the glasses are a big part of the program, the key to integrating our remote teaching lies in the projection software they run on: Help Lightning. Our mentor physicians are able to participate live-time during surgery, consultation, and all aspects of patient care through technology which literally enables our mentor surgeon’s hands to guide and teach the mentees’. The education provided is only as good as our mentor surgeons. We are fortunate to have the very best surgeons from five specialties in 35+ countries who volunteer their time to create a more equitable and accessible way to train their fellow surgeons in developing areas who otherwise would not be able to further their education and training.

This investment in technology is only possible due to your support. As an early stage non-profit, your support, your donations, and your sharing of our work have made this possible. All of us at Ohana One are beyond grateful for your support during this critical time. Because of you, we are changing lives around the world from right here at home.

The pandemic changed our path but did not limit our progress. I invite you to review our annual report and see what we have been able to accomplish together.

Ohana means family and we are glad to have you as part of our family.

Michele Dee, MD

Ohana One President

Vision

Ohana One aims to bridge global gaps in surgical care by providing access to advanced surgical training and mentorship programs, innovative technology, and educational resources to developing areas. The lifetime impact of a surgeon in a developed country is an estimated 10,000 patients during their entire career.  In 10 years, if we have 1,000 surgeons enrolled in our mentor program, those new surgeons can go on to operate on 10 million people worldwide— closing the surgical gap. Ohana One will achieve this by pursuing these four objectives in partnership with other NGOs: 

Develop and invest in a network of master surgeons and apprentices to build a sustainable and connected global surgical community.

Utilize technology to bridge the gap between these surgical professionals, thereby reducing distance as the primary barrier to year-round training.

Execute surgical in-person training missions worldwide to address critical surgical needs and identify professionals in those regions who would fully embrace mentor support.

Collect, analyze, and ultimately publish meaningful data from the volunteer surgical teams participating in the Surgical Sight Program.

Impact

through July 15, 2021

Louie Kulber (volunteer) and Kylie Tanabe, PA-C on a surgical mission in Mozambique

Patients and families imapcted by the Ohana One surgical mission to Mozambique.

surgeons onboarded and active in Ohana One’s Surgical Sight Program

hospitals across six continents actively support Ohana One and the Surgical Sight Program

countries with over 4.43 billion residents benefit from Ohana One’s medical education training

life-changing services provided by Ohana One’s international surgical aid since 2019

full surgeries completed using Vuzix Smart Glasses and Help Lightning, where mentor surgeons connect with mentees around the globe

pairs of surgeons matched in mentor/mentee teams as a part of the Surgical Sight Program

835+

calls made by the Ohana One team through the Help Lightning software that allows surgeons to learn from each other and share best practices

$18, 085

worth of time donated by our world renowned team of mentor surgeons

Dr. Pedro Santos wearing Vuzix Smart Glasses

Dr. Pedro Santos wearing Vuzix Smart Glasses.

Dr. Dang Do Thanh Can performing craniofacial reconstruction surgery in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with Dr. John Grant (left) and Dr. James Johnston (right) joining for consultation via Vuzix Smart Glasses and Help Lightning software.

COUNTRY HIGHLIGHT

Bringing Craniofacial Surgery Training to Vietnam 

Over the past few months, Dr. Dang Do Thanh Can has completed five complicated craniofacial reconstructive surgeries through Ohana One’s Surgical Sight Smart Glass Program— becoming one of the only surgeons to carry out these procedures in southern Vietnam.

Dr. Can, Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Children’s #2 Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, has been training with another esteemed pediatric neurosurgeon, Dr. James Johnston at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama. They have been working together over the last seven years to learn cutting-edge neurosurgical techniques and bring elevated care to patients in his country.

Dr. Dang Do Thanh Can wearing Vuzix Smart Glasses.

Dr. Dang Do Thanh Can wearing Vuzix Smart Glasses.

Like with most intercontinental surgeons, they traveled outside of the country once or twice a year to train and connect. They also used Help Lightning’s augmented reality software on tablets for neuroendoscopic surgical training. Through a colleague, they heard about Ohana One’s Surgical Sight Program and were interested in using Vuzix Smart Glass technology to streamline their training.

In this program, surgical mentor/mentee teams choose a procedure to focus on. Dr. Can was eager to bring craniofacial reconstruction to Ho Chi Minh City, which led him to select this procedure to learn. This procedure requires a combination of neurosurgery and plastic surgery, so Dr. John Grant, a plastic and craniofacial surgeon at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama, joins Dr. Johnston to support Dr. Can during his training and share relevant insights. All three surgeons come together on Help Lightning, a merged reality software platform, while Dr. Can wears Vuzix Smart Glasses with Help Lightning, and the three operate as if they were in the same room.

Most recently, the team completed a fronto-orbital advancement for a child with Crouzon Syndrome. This condition develops in youth, severely affecting the forehead, nose, mid-facial regions, jaw bone, and teeth. Children with Crouzon Syndrome experience a much lower quality of life, and in severe instances, the disorder can become life-threatening (rarediseases.org). Because of the Ohana One Surgical Sight Smart Glass Program, this young child had the opportunity to receive a life-changing procedure, and their risk of experiencing neurological damage is now greatly reduced.

The continuous training afforded through Ohana One created the opportunity for these surgeons to utilize their skills and time to the fullest and bring crucial care to children in Vietnam, with much quicker results than the traditional travel method of surgical training.

Making History

Since 2009, Ohana One has been dedicated to providing surgical treatment and training around the world. In collaboration with like-minded organizations and advanced technology, we continue to expand safe surgical care to underserved communities. Take a look at how we got to where we are today.

2009 Timeline
2017 Timeline
2018 Timeline
2019 Timeline
2020 Timeline

Making History

Since 2009, Ohana One has been dedicated to providing surgical treatment and training around the world. In collaboration with like-minded organizations and advanced technology, we continue to expand safe surgical care to underserved communities. Take a look at how we got to where we are today.

2009

Dr. Pedro Santos and Dr. David Kulber working together on a surgical mission in Mozambique.

Through a surgical mission to Mozambique led by Mending Kids, Dr. David Kulber met and worked with Dr. Pedro Santos.

Dr. Kulber saw something special in Dr. Santos and wanted to support his endeavors to pass his board exams. As one of only three plastic surgeons in Mozambique, Dr. Santos was needed in his country and couldn’t leave to continue his training. 

2014

Wanting to provide year-round training and education beyond yearly missions, the idea of smart glasses was presented as a remote training tool. 

Dr. Kulber and Dr. Santos tried to train via Google Glasses in 2014/15, but the platform was not robust enough for effective teaching. 

2017

Once technology improved, they actively began using Google Glasses in 2016/17. They also published a study about using Google Glasses for remote surgical training. 

Dr. Santos passed his exams with the second highest score in all of Africa.

Dr. Santos and Dr. Celma Issufo, who also trained with Ohana One, were the first plastic surgeons to be board certified by COSECSA in Mozambique. 

2018

Vuzix Smart Glasses

Dr. Kulber wanted to facilitate this type of training and mentoring with other surgeons in other locations. He knew it would take a team to make this happen, so he co-founded Ohana One with the founding board members.

Together these dedicated individuals found a solution – provide surgical training remotely that will allow a mentee surgeon to train one on one with a more experienced surgeons located elsewhere – avoiding excessive and expensive travel.

Using Vuzix Smart Glasses and Help Lightning software, the Ohana One team knew this could change training possibilities for surgeons around the globe. Especially surgeons in countries with limited access to training who couldn’t leave their patients or pay for costly fellowships.

2019

Sandra Rodriguez, RN assisting a patient in Mozambique.

The Surgical Sight Program was launched. Ohana One matches mentor surgeons with mentee surgeons based on expertise and interest. Mentees are provided with Vuzix Smart Glasses outfitted with Help Lightning software to communicate and train with their mentor surgeons at no charge to them or their hospital.

Ohana One embarked on surgical missions to Mozambique and Honduras. Surgical missions are critical to developing strong relationships between local and visiting surgical teams as they work in tandem towards achieving long-term skill training. 

In Mozambique, a team of dedicated surgeons, pediatric anesthesiologists, physicians, physician assistants, nurses, and volunteers worked tirelessly to accomplish 30 complex, life-changing surgeries in one week. The team worked alongside Mozambican surgeons, nurses, and specialists to help provide quality care— by the end of the trip, local providers were able to perform most of the procedures themselves. 

Dr. Andrew Freedman, working alongside local surgical resident Dr. Norma Oviendo in Honduras.

In Honduras, Ohana One completed their inaugural pediatric urology mission, where they were able to survey the surgical need and ecosystem of San Pedro Sula, establish a partnership with the host NGO, the Ruth Paz Foundation, and collaborate with local surgeons. In just five days, the team worked around the clock to perform 29 critical surgeries. This mission also saw Ohana One pilot the use of its smart glass technology in Honduras to create a mechanism for screening, surgical assistance, and providing follow-up care.

To further supplement the training Ohana One mentee doctors receive, Dr. Pedro Santos started leading a monthly surgical journal club with his colleagues in Mozambique with guest observers and participants from Ohana One, ReSurge, and other NGO partners. The group discusses the findings in a medical journal article and looks at the challenges presented and the outcomes chosen. These conversations are found to be invaluable as the training surgeons group together for case discussions and problem solving.

2020

Dr. Mark Meyerson helping Dr. Saad Ilyas remotely with an ankle surgery.

In January and February of 2020, Ohana One Board President, Dr. Michele Dee, traveled to Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Tanzania as a visiting educator and performed site assessments for ReSurge partners. This trip underscored the need for Ohana One to continue and expand its training program.

Ohana One provided remote surgical training during the COVID pandemic, when the teams could not travel in person. 

The first cohort of mentor/mentee surgeons started in early 2020, comprised of six surgical teams in developing countries, including Armenia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Tanzania, and Vietnam. 

Partnering with Ohana One, Alpha Epsilon Delta at UCLA, a student led program, is making significant contributions to global medical education. Their Global Health Curriculum team focuses on creating curriculum presentations and teaching biweekly English lessons to medical staff in Mozambique via Zoom. During off weeks, the 17 member team holds office hours for the Mozambique doctors that are designed to reinforce concepts from the previous week and incorporate terms learned into simulated conversations. Through this effort, GHI members help facilitate an increase in medical English literacy as well as open opportunities for more local health professionals to become board certified. GHI’s Advocacy Team focuses on spreading awareness of injustices within healthcare by condensing scientific articles into digestible infographics as well as hosting a podcast titled Sick! The podcast is available on both Spotify and Apple Podcast.

2021

83 surgeons are participating in the pilot beta study for the Ohana One Surgical Sight Program. Results are anticipated to be published in 2022. 

Mentor / Mentee Pairs

Neurosurgery

Mentor: Roger Hartl, MD

    • Location: New York, NY, USA
    • Hospital: Weill Cornell New York Presbyterian

 

Mentee: Hamisi Shabani, MD

    • Location: Dar Es Salam, Tanzania
    • Hospital: Muhimbili Orthopedic Institute

 

Mentor: Brandon Rocque, MD

    • Location: Birmingham, AL, USA
    • Hospital: Children’s Hospital of Alabama

 

 

Mentee: Nguyen Duc Lien, MD & Nguyen Linh, MD

    • Location: Hanoi, Vietnam
    • Hospital: Vietnam National Cancer Hospital

     

    Mentor: James Johnston, MD

      • Location: Birmingham, AL, USA
      • Hospital: Children’s Hospital of Alabama

     

     

     

     

    Mentee: Dang Do Thanh Can, MD

      • Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
      • Hospital: Children’s Hospital 2

     

    Mentor: Jack Rock, MD

      • Location: Detroit, MI, USA
      • Hospital: Henry Ford Hospital

    Mentee: Su Myat Moe, MD

      • Location: Yangon, Myanmar
      • Hospital: North Okkalapa General Hospital

      Mentor: Mahmood (Moody) Qureshi, MD

        • Location: Nairobi, Kenya
        • Hospital: Aga Khan University Hospital

       

      Mentee: Aamir Qureshi, MD

        • Location: Zanzibar, Tanzania
        • Hospital: The Nairobi Hospital

       

      Orthopedic Surgery

      Mentor: Mark Myerson, MD

        • Location: Denver, CO, USA
        • Hospital: Steps 2 Walk Program

       

      Mentee: Saad Ilyas, MD

        • Location: Lahore, Pakistan
        • Hospital: Ghurki Trust Teaching Hospital

         

        Mentor: Mark Myerson, MD

          • Location: Denver, CO, USA
          • Hospital: Steps 2 Walk Program

         

        Mentee: Anibal Alvarado, MD

          • Location: Lima, Peru
          • Hospital: Hospital Nacional Daniel Alcides Carrion

         

        Mentor: Mark Myerson, MD

          • Location: Denver, CO, USA
          • Hospital: Steps 2 Walk Program

         

        Mentee: Graham McCollum, MD

          • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
          • Hospital: Groote Schuur Hospital

         

        Mentor: Gaston Sullitel, MD

          • Location: Coralville, Iowa, USA
          • Hospital: Steps 2 Walk Program

         

         

        Mentee: Andres Jerez, MD

        • Location: Salta, Argentina
        • Hospital: San Bernardo Hospital

         

        Mentor: Alireza Khosroabadi, MD

          • Location: Woodland Hills, CA, USA
          • Hospital: Cutting Edge Surgical Institute

         

         

         

         

        Mentee: Rachit Sharma, MD

          • Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
          • Hospital: Nepal Orthopedic Hospital

         

        Mentor: Jennifer D’Amico, MD

          • Location: Torrington, CT, USA
          • Hospital: Charlotte Hungerford Hospital

         

        Mentee: Anish Gyawali, MD

          • Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
          • Hospital: Nepal Orthopedic Hospital

         

        Mentor: Laurence Wicks, MD

          • Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
          • Hospital: CURE Hospital, Ethiopia

         

        Mentee: Kaleab Tesfaye Reda, MD

          • Location: Gondar, Ethiopia
          • Hospital: University of Gondar Hospital

         

        Mentor: Scott Kozin, MD

          • Location: Philadelphia, PA, USA
          • Hospital: Shriners Hospital, Philadelphia

         

        Mentee: Richard Gardner, MD

          • Location: Bualwayo, Zimbabwe
          • Hospital: CURE Hospital, Zimbabwe

         

        Mentor: Tim Nunn, MD

          • Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
          • Hospital: CURE Hospital, Ethiopia

         

        Mentee: Abenezer Iyassu, MD

          • Location: Peoples Region, Ethiopia
          • Hospital: Soddo Christina Hospital, CURE

         

        Mentor: Gabriele Verratti, MD

          • Location: Miami, FL, USA
          • Hospital: Private Practice

         

        Mentee: To be confirmed

          • Location: Caracus, Venezuela
          • Hospital: To be confirmed

         

        Mentor: Maryse Bouchard, MD

          • Location: Toronto, Canada
          • Hospital: Sick Kids Hospital

         

        Mentee: Giulia Carvalho Silva, MD

          • Location: To be confirmed
          • Hospital: To be confirmed

         

        Mentor: Maryse Bouchard, MD

          • Location: Toronto, Canada
          • Hospital: Sick Kids Hospital

         

        Mentee: Dimuthu Tennakoon, MD

          • Location: To be confirmed
          • Hospital: To be confirmed

         

        Mentor: Maryse Bouchard, MD

          • Location: Toronto, Canada
          • Hospital: Sick Kids Hospital

         

        Mentee: Melkamu Kibret, MD

          • Location: Pawi, Ethiopia
          • Hospital: Pawi General Hospital

         

        Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

        Mentor: Andre Panossian, MD

          • Location: Pasadena, CA, USA
          • Hospital: Shriners for Children Medical Center

         

        Mentee: Artur Harutyunyan, MD

          • Location: Yerevan, Armenia
          • Hospital: Sourb Astvatsamayr MC

         

        Mentor:  Marshall Partington, MD

          • Location: Kirkland, WA, USA
          • Hospital: Evergreen Health

         

         

        Mentee: Kush Aeron, MD

          • Location: Dehradun, India
          • Hospital: Helping Hands Hospital

         

        Mentor: Rod Hentz, MD

          • Location: Stanford, CA, USA
          • Hospital: Stanford Medical Center

         

         

         

         

        Mentee: Shilu Shrestha, MD

          • Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
          • Hospital: National Trauma Center

         

        Mentor: Gordon Lee, MD

          • Location: Stanford, CA, USA
          • Hospital: Stanford Medical Center

        Mentee: Kevin Nduku, MD

          • Location: Harare, Zimbabwe
          • Hospital: Parirenyatwa Hospital

           

          Mentor: Carolyn Vaughn, MD

            • Location: San Jose, CA
            • Hospital: Santa Clara Valley Medical Center

           

           

           

           

           

          Mentee: Lorena Escudero Castro, MD

            • Location: Guayaquil, Ecuador
            • Hospital: Luiz Veranza Hospital

           

          Mentor:  Damon Cooney, MD

            • Location: Baltimore, MD, USA
            • Hospital: John Hopkins University

           

          Mentee: Rose Alenyo, MD

            • Location: Kampala, Uganda
            • Hospital: Mulago Hospital

           

          Mentor:  Dana LaVanture, MD

            • Location: Sayre, PA, USA
            • Hospital: Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital

           

          Mentee: Andrew Trecartin, MD

            • Location: Bere, Chad
            • Hospital: Bere Adventist Hospital

           

          Mentor:  Dung Nguyen, MD

            • Location: Palo Alto, CA, USA
            • Hospital: Stanford Medical Center

          Mentee: Trung Hau Le Thua, MD

            • Location: Hue, Vietnam
            • Hospital: International Medical Center at Hue Central Hospital

          Mentor:  Lori Howell, MD

            • Location: Portland, OR, USA
            • Hospital: Oregon Health & Science University

           

          Mentee: Pramila Shakya, MD

            • Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
            • Hospital: Kirtipur Hospital

          Mentor: John Grant, MD

            • Location: Birmingham, AL, USA
            • Hospital: Children’s of Alabama

           

          Mentee: Solomon Obiri-Yeboah, MD

            • Location: Kumasi Ashanti, Ghana
            • Hospital: Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital

           

          General and Colorectal Surgery

          Mentor: Jason Frischer, MD

            • Location: Cincinnati, OH, USA
            • Hospital: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

           

          Mentee: Vihar Kotecha, MD

            • Location: Mwanza, Tanzania
            • Hospital: Bugando Medical Center

           

          Mentor: Dan DeUgarte, MD

            • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
            • Hospital: UCLA Medical Center

           

           

          Mentee: Vanda Amado, MD

            • Location: Maputo, Mozambique
            • Hospital: Maputo General Hospital

             

            Mentor: Marc Levitt, MD

              • Location: Washington DC, USA
              • Hospital: Children’s National Hospital

             

             

             

             

            Mentee: Tarryn Gabler, MD

              • Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
              • Hospital: Chris Hai Bargwanath Academic Hospital

             

            Mentor: Jose Mosquera, MD

              • Location: Baltimore, MD, USA
              • Hospital: Roberto Clemente Clinic, Baltimore

             

            Mentee: Hazel Ruiz Villarreal, MD

              • Location: Rivas, Nicaragua
              • Hospital: Roberto Clemente Clinic, Rivas

             

            Urology Surgery

            Mentor: Andy Freedman, MD

              • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
              • Hospital: Cedars-Sinai Hospital

             

            Mentee: Norma Oviedo, MD

              • Location: San Pedro Sula, Honduras
              • Hospital: Hospital Mario Catarino Rivas

             

            Mentor: Martin Kaefer, MD

              • Location: Indianapolis, IN, USA
              • Hospital: Riley Children’s Hospital

             

             

            Mentee: To be confirmed

              • Location: Guatemala
              • Hospital: To be confirmed

             

            Mentor: Suzie Venn, MD

              • Location: Chichester, UK
              • Hospital: Western Sussex Hospitals Trust

             

             

             

             

            Mentee: Charles Mabedi, MD

              • Location: Lilongwe, Malawi
              • Hospital: Kamuzu Central Hospital

             

            Mentor: Kurt McCammon, MD

              • Location: Virginia Beach, VA, USA
              • Hospital: East Virginia Medical School, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

             

            Mentee: Isiaka Lawal, MD

              • Location: Abuja, Nigeria
              • Hospital: National Hospital, Abuja

             

            Mentor: Kurt McCammon, MD

              • Location: Virginia Beach, VA, USA
              • Hospital: East Virginia Medical School, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

             

            Mentee: Mohamed Jalloh, MD

              • Location: Dakar, Senegal
              • Hospital: Hôpital Général Idrissa Pouye

             

            Mentor: Kurt McCammon, MD

              • Location: Virginia Beach, VA, USA
              • Hospital: East Virginia Medical School, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

             

            Mentee: Abselom Lemma Gebreamlak, MD

              • Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
              • Hospital: Tikur Anbessa Hospital

             

            Mentor: Graham Watson, MD

              • Location: Eastbourne, UK
              • Hospital: Eastbourne District General Hospital

             

            Mentee: John Lazarus, MD

              • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
              • Hospital: Groote Schuur Hospital

             

            Mentor: Graham Watson, MD

              • Location: Eastbourne, UK
              • Hospital: Eastbourne District General Hospital

             

            Mentee: Lamine Niang, MD

              • Location: Dakar, Senegal
              • Hospital: Hôpital Général Idrissa Pouye

             

            Mentor: Graham Watson, MD

              • Location: Eastbourne, UK
              • Hospital: Eastbourne District General Hospital

             

            Mentee: Emmanuel Muhawenimana, MD

              • Location: Kigali, Rwanda
              • Hospital: University Teaching Hospital of Kigali

             

            Mentor: Michael Chua, MD

              • Location: Toronto, Canada
              • Hospital: Sick Kids Hospital

             

            Mentee: Luis Balajadia, MD

              • Location: Davao City, Philippines
              • Hospital: Southern Philippines Medical Center

             

            Mentor: Michael Chua, MD

              • Location: Toronto, Canada
              • Hospital: Sick Kids Hospital

             

            Mentee: Luzelle Kate Aba, MD

              • Location: Manila, Philippines
              • Hospital: St. Luke’s Medical Center

             

            Mentor: Michael Chua, MD

              • Location: Toronto, Canada
              • Hospital: Sick Kids Hospital

             

            Mentee: Manuel IV See, MD

              • Location: Manila, Philippines
              • Hospital: St. Luke’s Medical Center

             

            Mentor: Kymora Scotland, MD

              • Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
              • Hospital: UCLA Medical Center

             

            Mentee: Gilles Natchagande, MD

              • Location: Cotonou, Benin
              • Hospital: Centre National Hospitalier et HKM

             

            Mentor: Paddy Dewan, MD

              • Location: Victoria, Australia
              • Hospital: PAD Enterprises

             

            Mentee: Farzana Cassim, MD

              • Location: Cape Town, South Africa
              • Hospital: Tygerberg Hospital

             

            Mentor: Paddy Dewan, MD

              • Location: Victoria, Australia
              • Hospital: PAD Enterprises

             

            Mentee: To be confirmed

              • Location: Pristina, Kosovo
              • Hospital: Telemedicine Center of Kosova

             

            Mentor: Paddy Dewan, MD

              • Location: Victoria, Australia
              • Hospital: PAD Enterprises

             

            Mentee: To be confirmed

              • Location: Papua New Guinea
              • Hospital: To be confirmed

             

            Doctors Around The Globe Receive Their Vuzix Smart Glasses

            Dr. Nguyen Duc Lien in Hanoi, Vietnam mentored by Dr. Brandon Rocque via Vuzix Smart Glasses and Help Lightning software.

            EYE OPENING RESULTS

            Smart Glasses Revolutionize Surgical Collaborations 

            Ohana One’s Surgical Sight Program provides Vuzix Smart Glasses with Help Lightning software to support our surgical mentor/mentee teams who use this state-of-the-art technology to conduct remote training. This technology allows surgeons in developing countries to perform complex surgeries while getting real-time guidance and support from their mentors who are often in a different country. While mostly utilized in the operative environment, the glasses are also useful for pre-surgical planning sessions and post-operative recovery and follow-up. 

            Vuzix is a leading supplier of smart glasses and augmented reality technologies, as well as products for the consumer and enterprise markets. The company’s products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high-quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, wearable displays, and augmented reality (vuzix.com). They have partnered with Ohana One to adapt their glasses to the needs of the Surgical Sight Program.

            Kylie Tanabe PA using VUZIX smart glasses in the OR on the Help Lightning software system.

            Kylie Tanabe PA using VUZIX smart glasses in the OR on the Help Lightning software system.

            The glasses run utilizing projection software from Help Lightning. Help Lightning creates a “virtual interactive presence”, merging video streams so that remote helpers can aid those conducting surgery in person by, for example, gesturing on screen to where a mentee surgeon should make an incision (helplightning.com).

            The Surgical Sight Program augments annual surgical mission trips by providing year-round training for mentee surgeons who choose to participate and want to learn from a trusted mentor they have come to know as a friend and colleague. These mentor/mentee relationships can drastically improve surgical training in developing countries, resulting in more surgeons trained, and in turn, more patients treated. The hands-free, voice control glasses paired with Help Lightning software encourages unobstructed and rapid learning, strengthening efficiency between teams. Mentee surgeons are provided with the smart glasses for free as a grant from Ohana One, and additionally, they receive a dedicated connection with the Ohana One family of mentor surgeons and other surgical professionals. This extensive training and support network empowers surgeons to confidently control their surgical backlogs. This type of unique and personal training builds self-reliance, confidence, and essential surgical skills.

            Because the smart glasses are compact, they are easy to ship and share with colleagues and other departments. This flexibility opens possibilities for an even greater impact than if the technology was limited to just one location or operating room. 

            The Surgical Sight Program is powered by Ohana One and partners such as Vuzix, Help Lightning, our amazing volunteer surgeons, and over a dozen NGOs, that have all come together to offer remote surgical training to support surgeons in developing areas. Without the Surgical Sight Program, mentee surgeons interested in further training would need to leave their countries to gain this life-saving knowledge and expertise. By remaining in place, they can continue offering critical services while learning important new skills to meet the needs of their patients in their communities.

            2020 Financials

            Support and Revenue

            Gift In-Kind Contributions $18,085.00

            Grants $3,000.00

            Individual Contributions $210,173.00

            Total Support & Revenue $231,258.00

            Expenses

            Programs $125,871.00

            Supporting Services

            Administrative $3,204.00

            Fundraising $7,288.00

            Total Expenses $136,363.00

            This annual report presents financial data from 2020. Because we are so excited about what we are accomplishing together, we are sharing stories and impact data that goes through July 15, 2021. We hope you don’t mind – we just couldn’t wait to share it with you!

            Team

            Ohana Team

            Marchelle Sellers, MBA
            Maggie Bohlman
            Rachel Buigas-Lopez
            Jadie Delgado
            Megan Demijohn
            Tarek Elshayal
            Nasim Hafiz
            Emily Martinez
            Scott Moe
            Susan Popler

            Edward Ray, MD
            Marvee Turk, MD

             

            Surgical Team Liaisons

            Gracie Baum
            Jaxon Baum
            Jonathan Browne
            Christian Lingamen
            Isa Rosenberg

             

            Interns

            Austin Huynh
            Jewel NG
            Key Pearson
            Dante Ray
            Elleni Solomon

            Photographs by Kelly Fogel

            Grateful to Our Donors

            Donations work to close the massive surgical gap that exists by providing year-round global surgical training and facilitate collaboration with other NGOs across the globe. We are thankful to all of our donors who make our work possible. You are an important part of our Ohana.  

            Aaron Bregman

            Adam Zarate

            Adrian Ashkenazy

            Antonia Chan Goldsobel

            Ari Weinstein

            Benjamin & Catherine Kwan

            Benjamin Lau

            Bennett Tramer

            Bobbe Moore

            Brenda J. Miller

            Brian Larky

            Brittany Wood

            Carol Mendelsohn

            Chad Livernois

            Charlize Theron

            Children’s Burn Foundation

            Christine Campbell

            Clement Shek

            Daniel Carpio

            Daren FIlsinger

            David & Carole Kulber

            David & Gracie Fermelia

            David Corn

            David S & Evelyn W Simon Fund

            Diana & Man Hong NG

            David & Marchelle Sellers

            Diane Warner

            Don Levin Trust

            Donna Rosen

            Edward Phillips

            Elaine Leotoy

            Elizabeth McGaughey

            Frank Yang

            Frederick & Sandra Chin

            Frederick Goldberger

            Fung Family Revocable
            Living Trust

            Garry & Suzie Pearson 

            Haben Berihun

            Hannah Trinidad

            Harry & Ellen Levitt

            Harvey & Linda Kulber

            Helen Fielding

            Henry & Lynda Loo

            Henry & Miriam Chen

            Henry & Evan Pang

            Hoff/Roach Living Trust

            IV Organics

            James & Jennifer Yoh

            James Howard

            James K Chu

            Jean & Michael So

            Jeff Kaplowitz

            Jennifer Chen

            Jeremy Doner

            Jerrold H. & Barbara Lois Mink

            Jesse Chan

            Jewish Community
            Foundation LA

            Julia Li Julian Feifel

            Karissa & Shahab Sharifian

            Kathleen Osborn

            Kellie Steinman

            Kelly Fogel

            KJK Investment Group

            Kong Kuen & Ophelia Puisuk

            Kylie Tanabe

            Lara & John Shea

            Lauren Wolke

            Len Sterling

            Li Gad

            Linda Kwok

            Lucy Poon

            Lynn Brody

            Marshall Geller

            Marina Cheung

            Mark Lanza

            Martin Laffer

            Maxwell & Rose Cheung

            Michael Johnstone

            Michele Dee, MD

            Michelle Nissani

            Milton Chang

            Moelis Family

            MTFBiologics

            Nancy & Bill Lu

            Nancy Morales

            Paul & Amy Lee

            Penelope Aszkenazy

            Phyllis Chan

            Quavo Cares

            Rebecca Manning

            RESURGE

            Robert Uhlaner

            Romi Mirza

            Samuel Rawlins

            Sandra Rodriguez

            Sarah & Herbert Lau

            Saratoga Rotary Club

            Saul and Joyce Brandman Foundation

            Sheldon Altman

            Sheri & Marc Rapaport

            Sheryl Lewin, MD

            Shirley Chow

            Shirley Lee

            Shuheng Liu & Family

            Sidney Lee

            Sonny & Patsy Sie

            Stephen Zimmerman

            Steven Fogel

            Steven Konsker

            Sue Hirschson

            Susan & Larry Laffer

            Tom & Edna Gordon

            Veronica Aszkenazy

            Wellington Yang

            Wolf Living Trust

            Zhiduan Zhong & Wei Yao Liu

            Every donor matters at Ohana One, thank you for your support. If we have mistakenly omitted you from this list or if there is an error in spelling, we sincerely apologize and ask that you contact us at 855-MYOHANA (696-4262) or info@ohanaone.one so that we may correct it.

            Yes, We Need You
            Your donation impacts the lives of patients and surgeons worldwide!

             

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