Ophthalmic Surgeon

Volunteers from around the world providing free, safe surgical care, freeing people from conditions that have been burdening them for years, while training local professionals in our specialties.
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Operating Room


Min. 2 Weeks

Please carefully read the role description and required certifications below to verify that you meet the requirements. The apply button can be found at the bottom of this page.

About this Role

The Mercy Ships’ Ophthalmic team literally restores sight to the blind through the treatment and surgical removal of cataracts and other ocular maladies.

Our Ophthalmic Surgeons provide ophthalmic surgery, consult on care of pre-operative and post-operative patients, and assist with screening as needed. Experienced surgeons may also provide training for national & international eye surgeons in Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery and other Ophthalmic procedures.

What You Will Contribute

• Assessment of potential surgical candidates

• Communicate planned procedures, expected outcomes and potential complications clearly with patients and caregivers, using diagrams & translators when necessary

• Preoperative assessment of surgical candidates

• Work with anesthetic providers and hospital physicians

• Operate on selected candidates as scheduled

• Ongoing consultation for surgical patients

• Potential to train and mentor other Surgeons

For This Role, You Will Need

• Medical Doctor or equivalent degree

• Trained surgeon who has completed sub-specialty training in ophthalmology

• Minimum 2 years surgical experience following completion of specialty training

• Previous missions experience preferred

• Active licensure / registration in home nation

• Active in practice (within the last six months preferred)

• Able to perform Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery and remove pterygium or other ophthalmic sub-specialty (Mercy Ships does not provide retinal or glaucoma surgery)

• Oral and written fluency in English required

Full job description available upon request.