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Dr. Fathy Fawzy Welcome Message

Dear colleagues,
I would like to personally welcome each one of you to this very special event, Watany Ophthalmic Summit, that marks the fifteenth anniversary of our organization Al Watany Eye Hospital in Cairo, which was founded in 2001. The world of ophthalmology is an exciting area that will always bring inspired people together in an event like this one , sharing knowledge and skills that help them meet the challenges of their field and to remain at the cutting edge. The fact that Al Watany Eye Hospital ( WEH) is a private organization does not change our strong belief that scientific activities and research work must be integrated to our everyday practice.
Our new establishment at East of Cairo is one of the largest eye centers in the area. It was opened just under two years ago and has now become a landmark in ophthalmic services in Egypt and the Middle East.
Our belief in scientific work has gone a new step ahead after opening this new branch, by the creation of Watany Research and Development Center (WRDC). This center includes full-time dedicated staff for research and scientific activities.
Clinical trials , animal based research, regular grand rounds , journal clubs and instruction courses are among a rich area of scientific activities that go hand in hand with the routine clinical work to enhance our staff's professional standard I am also happy to note that most of my colleagues at hospital have been recognized as speakers in international arenas and their work has found a place in peer reviewed journals.
We are proud of where ophthalmology stands in Egypt today, but this does not stop us striving to pave the way for a better future. Great efforts have been orchestrated, to bring you this event in the coming few days. I hope this will be of real benefit to all participants. On behalf of everyone at WEH, I would like to thank our esteemed international guests who travelled a long way to be here with us in this event. This has highly enriched the value of our meeting. We are also grateful to our national colleagues who are always willing to bring their expertise to our gathering.
Last but not the least, I am very grateful to all WEH staff who have been working hard ever since this meeting was planned to cover all scientific and logistic aspects of this meeting. I am very proud of their organized team work. My personal respect ,
thanks and warm welcome goes out to all of you.
Dr. Fathy Fawzy
WEH chairman

Fathy Fawzy

MSc. (Ain Shams University), FRCS, FRCOphth (United Kingdom)

Dr. Abdallah Hassouna Welcome Message

Dear WOS 2016 attendance,
The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Inc. (ARVO) was founded in 1928 in Washington, DC by a group of 73 ophthalmologists. The Association's membership today numbers about 12,000 and continues to grow. Some 45% of members reside in over 75 countries outside the U.S. ARVO is a multidisciplinary and consists of both clinical and basic researchers, with activities targeting more than 13 areas of vision and ophthalmology science.
The great international shift in the nature of the ARVO structure, over the past few years, inspired the board of trustees to implement the international chapter affiliates division in the structure of the ARVO. Currently, 13 international affiliate chapters are members of the ARVO, ARVO-Egypt being the youngest among them, and the only chapter in the Arabic and African regions.
When my colleagues and myself, started the initiative of ARVO-Egypt, our objectives were directed to transferring the knowledge and experience from ARVO to the community of Egyptian ophthalmology researchers and clinicians. We were officially recognized in January 2013.
Standardization of ophthalmic research and young researchers training are the two corner stones of the actions of ARVO-Egypt. During the rather short period of ARVO-Egypt activity up till now, We were able to hold 3 scientific meetings, with the contribution of nearly 30 international speakers, 4 training workshops on different research methodologies, provided research grants to 3 young Egyptian researchers, and sponsored 7 ophthalmologists of research interest to attend the ARVO annual meeting in USA. Today, I am really excited to welcome you all to this outstanding event in collaboration with Al Watany Eye Hospital (WEH) and Watany Research and Development Center (WRDC). I am even more excited about the scientific content arranged by ARVO-Egypt for this year, featuring a live broadcast by Iris Rush, ARVO executive director, presentations about EgyResearch, ICAC committee, ARVOConnect, DFC fellowships for young ophthalmologists, and a number of outstanding free paper presentations. Our training agenda will focus on animal research and clinical trials methodologies.
Dr. Abdallah Hassouna
President, Egypt Association for Research in Vision and Research (ARVO-Egypt)

Abdallah K. Hassouna

M.D. MSc. PhD. - Professor of Ophthalmology - Ain Shams University

Dr. Mohamed El Bahrawy Welcome Message

Dear professors and colleagues,
The quality of health care in an institution, is only as good as the research and scientific production of this institution. Such a remarkable concept, requires great efforts and resources to achieve .
Ophthalmology has witnessed such a remarkable leap in the quality of its diagnostic and management modalities, due to the cutting edge technologies introduced over the past few years. Along came an outstanding increase of the amount of scientific and investigative production all over the world.
The importance of the integration of research and medical education in the ophthalmic care system of the Al Watany Eye Hospital, has always been a part of its mission and vision of the hospital from day one. These efforts started up to as individualized actions, yet every effective, but with the growth of our institution, came the need for a more organized and structured research and education entity within the hospital. The Watany Research and Development Center (WRDC) was founded in 2013, as the first R&D department in a private ophthalmology hospital in Egypt, and soon will be the first private clinical research center recognized by the Egyptian ministry of health.
As, I was fortunate to be entrusted by the WEH board, to manage and coordinate the actions of the WRDC, as part of a great team of my eminent professors and eager colleagues. We were able to set an organized framework of investigative projects, including clinical trials and animal research. Our actions also included standardized training program for our residents, a grand round sessions, and collaboration plans with international institutions as the VISSUM Institute of Ophthalmology in Spain, and national as the Minia university ophthalmology department.
The Watany Ophthalmology Summit (WOS 2016), with 89 world class international and expert national speakers and panelists, is transferring the essence of internationally recognized ophthalmology meetings to the Egyptian ophthalmic community. I hope that the material presented through the session, courses and demonstrations, will add to your knowledge, as I am sure it will greatly and to mine.
Dr. Mohamed El Bahrawy
Director – Watany Reseach and Development Center (WRDC)
ARVO- Egypt - Chapter Coordinator/ ICAC Representative

Mohamed El Bahrawy



Built on 2,336m2 on the outskirts of Cairo and at the joint route between the city and its newest suburbs, our new premises boasts 10 operation theatres, femtosecond laser machines in 2 refractive suites, 16 fully equipped examination rooms and full investigative tools in a state-of-the-art eight-storey building
Since its establishment in 2001 by Prof Riad Fikry, Prof Fathy Fawzy and Prof Abdallah Hassouna, Al Watany Eye Hospital has taken solid steps into establishing itself as one of the most trusted medical service providers in ophthalmology. In our dedication to excellence, we have successfully stepped into today’s high-tech culture by establishing paperless operating system.

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