We are excited to present the first issue of Sights and Sounds, our newly designed e-newsletter. With a brighter, more web-friendly design, we look forward to providing you with monthly issues to keep you abreast of the most recent developments, events, research and patient success stories at Mass. Eye and Ear. Whether you signed up for our e-newsletter recently or many years ago, we hope you’ll find it informative and inspirational. Enjoy!
Emmy-award winner and Massachusetts Broadcasting Hall-of-Famer Dick Flavin has a lot to say. But he almost was silenced. In December of 2009, after his primary care physician found an abnormal lump on his neck during his yearly checkup, Dick underwent surgery to remove squamous cell carcinoma of the tonsil.
Mass. Eye and Ear recently celebrated the opening of a new Center that will change the lives of individuals with facial deformities that can cause serious consequences including facial paralysis and loss of vision. The Carolyn and Peter Lynch Center for Facial and Reconstructive Laser Surgery was made possible by the generosity of the Lynch family. Peter Lynch is a long-time Mass. Eye and Ear Trustee. Both he and Carolyn are hospital supporters.
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We’re pleased to be able to offer more specialists, easier access and greater convenience with our newest Mass. Eye and Ear locations. Construction on our new ambulatory surgical center in the Longwood Medical/Mission Hill area is now well underway. We look forward to our expected grand opening in the fall.
The Cataract Master, an innovative new tool, was developed at Mass. Eye and Ear to teach specialists how to master phacoemulsification cataract surgery, one of the most common eye surgeries. Providing a self-guided, self-correcting curriculum that requires trainees to make decisions based on realistic surgical situations, the Cataract Master bridges the learning gap that those new to phacoemulsification cataract surgery must navigate prior to performing actual surgery. The computer-based simulation tool contains realistic animations along with videos of actual surgeries – complete with expert discussions of each phase of the procedure. Dr. John Loewenstein, Harvard Medical School Ophthalmology Residency Training Program Director, along with Dr. Bonnie Henderson, former Director of the Comprehensive Ophthalmology Service at Mass. Eye and Ear, and several colleagues, developed the tool, which has been close to a decade in the making. The English version of the program is available through the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation.