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.
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.
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.