Vietnamese Surgeon Learns American-Style Eye Care

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Date: August 7, 2009
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Vietnamese Surgeon Learns American-Style Eye Care

(MINOT, ND)—Doctors at Trinity Regional Eyecare-Minot Center will spend much of next week sharing their skills with an Asian counterpart. Dr. Pham Nhu Vinh Tuyen (Too-YEN), an ophthalmologist from Vietnam, will be in Minot July 11-19 as part of a fellowship program to lift the quality of eye care in southeast Asia.

Dr. Tuyen will focus on learning advanced surgical techniques in cataract surgery, laser vision correction, neurophthalmology and glaucoma, according to host physician Darrell Williams, M.D., an ophthalmologist with Trinity Medical Group.

“Vietnam is about 30 years behind U.S. technology,” Dr. Williams states. “Through this fellowship program we can bring a medical educator here for training. The goal is skills transfer – to acquaint Dr. Tuyen with the technology and techniques that we use here, so that he can transfer those skills back to his colleagues in Vietnam.”

Dr. Williams has twice joined a team of 30 leading eye specialists in missions to Vietnam to train local eye surgeons in modern eye care. The meetings are sponsored by the Hawaiian Eye Foundation, which also organized the fellowship visits. Dr. Williams says the Foundation’s philosophy is that it is better to train Vietnamese surgeons than recruit doctors to perform surgery there. “We’re trying to provide skills at the local level,” he added.

Dr. Tuyen received his medical degree from Odessa State Medical University, Ukraine, and completed his ophthalmology training at Hue Medical University. He practices at Hue Central Hospital in Hue City, Vietnam, where he currently serves as vice chief of the eye department.