NEWS | January 11, 2012

ORBIS CEO to speak on treating blindness in the developing world


UC Davis Health System and the UC Davis Eye Center welcome guest speaker Barbara Ann DeBuono, president and CEO of ORBIS International, the global health organization that works to prevent and treat blindness in the developing world.

Barbara Ann DeBuono © Courtesy of ORBIS
Barbara Ann DeBuono

Debuono will speak on Friday, Jan. 13, from 8 - 9 a.m. in the Education Building, Room 2222, 4610 X St., Sacramento. The presentation is free and open to the public.

DeBuono will discuss the challenges and opportunities for treating blindness in countries around the globe. Her organization focuses on capacity building with local partners to help provide quality eye care that is affordable, accessible and sustainable. That work can include everything from technical assistance and training in clinical care to hospital management, administration and finance.

ORBIS is known for having the world's only flying eye hospital, a state-of-the-art surgical and training facility housed inside a jetliner. Since 1982, the organization has carried out programs in 88 countries and helped establish services that have provided quality eye care to more than 15 million people.

ORBIS flying eye hospital patient recovery area

DeBuono is a renowned expert in public health innovation, health policy, education and research. Among her many positions, she served as chief executive of the New York Presbyterian Healthcare Network and was commissioner of health for the state of New York in the 1990s. She also served as a senior consultant to the World Health Organization and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. DeBuono is a board-certified internist and Fellow of the American College of Physicians.

UC Davis Health System is improving lives and transforming health care by providing excellent patient care, conducting groundbreaking research, fostering innovative, interprofessional education, and creating dynamic, productive partnerships with the community. The academic health system includes one of the country's best medical schools, a 631-bed acute-care teaching hospital, an 800-member physician's practice group and the new Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing. It is home to a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, an international neurodevelopmental institute, a stem cell institute and a comprehensive children's hospital. Other nationally prominent centers focus on advancing telemedicine, improving vascular care, eliminating health disparities and translating research findings into new treatments for patients. Together, they make UC Davis a hub of innovation that is transforming health for all. For more information, visit


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