Our Vision

Pedro Santos, MD (in Mozambique) using smart glasses with his patient exam

David Kulber, MD (in Los Angeles) assisting Dr Santos remotely with his patient’s exam

Eight years ago, I met Pedro Santos, a plastic surgeon born in Mozambique. Like others, he had grown frustrated and found himself adrift in his education due to the lack of education and training resources. After protesting the poor working conditions and pay for doctors in Mozambique, he was relieved of his duties so I would meet with him at remote locations. I could see the fire in Pedro’s eyes, and I knew he could become a powerful agent of change.

For three years we worked with government officials to get Pedro accepted back into the system. With the assistance of former Prime Minister, Tony Blair Pedro’s re-entry was finally secured. Incredibly, he was chosen to run the plastic surgery unit in a new hospital built in Matola, 45 minutes outside the capital. However, Pedro had failed the African COSECA certification boards twice, and a third failure would mean a return to training.

It was clear to me a year-round education system was the only way to help Pedro. This was ultimately made possible with our NGO friends at Resurge who helped us add more surgical missions to Mozambique using Ohana One Smart Glasses. Last year Pedro passed his board exams and became one of the first Mozambique plastic surgeons to be board certified.

During this time, his colleague Angela observed the amount of education Pedro was receiving both during our visits from remote teaching. It was the motivation she needed to make a return to her training. After much discussion with the hospital and government authorities during our mission last August, Angela has been granted readmission to the training program. In a true pay-it-forward moment, Pedro has the skill and knowledge to fully train Angela as a plastic surgeon.

Only three plastic surgeons serve Mozambique, a country of 30 million, with only two being COSECA certified. As there are few residents in the training program, this is a small but significant accomplishment. The more we improve their educational system, the more medical students we will attract and train. Our continued support makes these moments possible.

– Dr. David Kulber

Not Enough Surgeons

In developing countries, there is a critical shortage of 2 million surgeons. Sadly, because of this shortage, more people die from lack of surgery than HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria combined. Usually a few qualified surgeons are available in major cities to help thousands of patients.

Surgeons often work in very populated, but remote areas which can significantly limit training options.

Surgeons are often under-resourced and do not always have mentors to learn from, leaving them frustrated.

In-country surgeons who train abroad sometimes do not return home – the place that needs them most.

While surgical missions help training and collaborations, year-round solutions are really needed.

Laser Focused On A Real Solution

We aim to prove that utilizing VUZIX smart glass technology year-round coupled with a mentor/mentee relationship can drastically improve surgical training in developing countries – resulting in more surgeons trained, and in turn, more patients treated. Our Surgical Sight Smart Glass Program provides many immediate benefits to surgeons:

Allows unobstructed interaction between mentor and mentee surgeons during all phases of care.

Hands-free, voice controls encourage rapid learning – strengthening efficiency between teams.

Compact smart glasses enable easy shipping and sharing with colleagues and other departments.

Dedicated connection with the Ohana One family of mentor surgeons and other surgical professionals.

Year-round virtual mentorship keeps surgeons from leaving their home country where they provide essential surgical care to their community.

New, unlimited year-round educational potential that builds self-reliance, and grows essential skills.

An extensive training and support network that empowers surgeons to confidently control their surgical backlogs.

Surgical Sight Smart Glass Teams

We are excited to welcome our first class of Ohana One Surgical Sight Smart Glass Program Participants. Beginning in 2020, these mentor & mentee teams will embark on a one-year program/study for a remote surgical intensive focusing on a single procedure or technique that will elevate the surgical mentee’s ability and help them care for even more patients. 

We are grateful to our NGO partners who are working with us on this program/study.

Mentors & Mentees

Mentor Hospitals

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Shriners for Children Medical Center
Stanford Medical Center
Johns Hopkins University
Santa Clara Valley Medical Center
Aga Khan University Hospital
University of Alabama
Henry Ford Hospital
UCLA Medical Center
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Children’s National Hospital
New York Presbyterian Hospital
Children’s Hospital of Alabama
Evergreen Health
Eastbourne District General Hospital
Western Sussex Hospitals Trust
Riley Children’s Hospital
Virginia Beach, VA, USA
Indianapolis, IN, USA

Guthrie Robert Packer Hospital
Oregon Health & Science University
Roberto Clemente Clinic
Weill Cornell New York Presbyterian Hospital 
Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
Cutting Edge Surgical Institute
Charlotte Hungerford Hospital
CURE Hospital
Sick Kids Hospital

Mentee Countries

Yerevan, Armenia
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Dehradun, India
Nairobi, Kenya
Maputo, Mozambique
Kathmandu, Nepal
Lahore, Pakistan
Cape Town, South Africa
Johannesburg, South Africa
Kampala, Uganda
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Kigali, Rwanda
Lilongwe, Malawi
Salta, Argentina
Lima, Peru
Yangon, Myanmar
Mwanza, Tanzania
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Hanoi, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Harare, Zimbabwe
Davao City, Philippines
Gondor, Ethiopia
Bualwayo, Zimbabwe
People’s Region, Ethiopia
Harare, Zanzibar
Bere, Chad
Rivas, Nicaragua
Abuja, Nigeria
Dakar, Senegal
Guatemala City, Guatemala

Specialties

Adults & Pediatrics
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
General Surgery
Neurological Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery
Colorectal Surgery
Urological Surgery

Our Larger Vision Includes You!

Looking for a way to provide surgical services during COVID and keep your mission strong? Looking for a way to provide better follow-up to patients and give more training to your colleagues? Incorporate VUZIX smart glass technology for your own training efforts. We are a licensed reseller of VUZIX and offer special pricing not given to direct customers. And, you may even qualify for free glasses through our Surgical Sight Program! (limited supply)
Contact us now to book your no-obligation 30-minute call/demo.