Our department has a long history of mission outreach. From our partnerships with Rotaplast International to Orbis International, many faculty, residents, and crna's have made trips to almost every country.

Orbis International

Dr. Moore OrbisDr. Peter Moore, Professor and Chair, was the first member of the department to accompany an ORBIS team.  Dr. Moore is part of the team flying to Trujillo, Peru, September 6-13, 2014.  He is flying on the ORBIS plane, along with Drs. Mark Mannis, James, Brandt, Dan Ramos, Susanna Park, Jennifer DeNiro, and Mazen Choulakian along with Carrie Muntz, a registered nurse. For updates follow the UC Davis Restoring Sight Worldwide blog.

On July 30, 2013, the Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) returned to Panama City, for a two-week comprehensive skills exchange program aimed at advanced subspecialty training in cornea, glaucoma, oculoplastics, anterior segment and pediatric ophthalmology. The program will introduce the International Council of Ophthalmology Residency Education Training Program to the Panama National Ophthalmology Society.

In 1982, the FEH landed their DC-8 in Panama City to conduct its first training program.  By building long-term capabilities, Orbis helps its partner institutions take action to reach a state where they can provide, on their own, quality eye care services that are affordable, accessible, and sustainable. To learn more about Orbis, please visit:

Orbis Simulation Training, March 2015

Eleven staff from Orbis International, including ophthalmologists and nurses, were onsite to further enhance their critical-care skills and build their abilities to work as a team at the UC Davis Center for Virtual Care.  The hands-on simulation training began on Monday, March 9, 2015.  The two day program presented by the UC Davis Department of Anesthesiology covered ACLS, BLS, and malignant hyperthermia. The training was a collaboration with Health System nursing staff and tremendous support from Center from Virtual Care staff.  We look forward to our relationship with the Flying Eye Hospital and will include highlights of the next program, scheduled later this year.

This is a video from a simulated strabismus operation.


Orbis Introduces new Flying Eye Hospital

June 7-10, 2016, Orbis introduced their new MD-10 during a tour in Sacamento.  They performed surgical simulations to test the plane and to train medical professionals.  The tour received a plethora of news coverage and a few of those media links are listed below:

Rotaplast International

Our department has a long Dr. Amini - Rotaplasthistory of mission outreach. From our partnership with Rotaplast International to Orbis International, many faculty, residents, and crna's have made trips to almost every country.

Departmental faculty, residents and CRNA’s are continuing their volunteer activities with Rotaplast, International.  Rotaplast International, founded in 1992, is a humanitarian organization as a world community service project of the Rotary Club of San Francisco by Dr. Angelo Capozzi and Peter Lagarias. Since 1999, faculty, residents, CRNAs and alumni from UC Davis have joined with Rotaplast International on over 115 trips to 21 countries.   The past 24 months have seen departmental members traveling to Nanjing China; Cumana, Venezuela;  Baruisimento, Venezula; Shijigzahuang, China;  Nagamanagalo, India; Aracaju, and Brazil. 

Rotaplast December 2015Dr. Amir Amini and Dr. James Littlejohn participated in the trip to Sylhet, Bangladesh in December, 2015.  During the latest trip, there were smiles all around after successful cleft lip, cleft palate and other reconstructive surgeries in nearly 80 patients.  To learn more about Rotaplast, click here



Pereira, Columbia and Lima, Peru

Our mission involvement continued May 2016, a photo slideshow is included below.