Surgical Eye Expeditions International Names Randal Avolio President and Chief Executive Officer
|September 17, 2012 12:24 AM
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—
Surgical Eye Expeditions (SEE) International has named Randal Avolio its new president and chief executive officer. The 38-year-old nonprofit organization is dedicated to restoring sight and preventing blindness among disadvantaged individuals worldwide. Avolio comes to SEE International after six years as chief operating officer at Bend Memorial Clinic, the largest multispecialty clinic in Central Oregon, where he was responsible for a $70 million budget, 400 employees and 100 providers across more than 30 medical specialties. His background includes administrative director and management positions at facilities such as Cedars-Sinai, USC and UCLA Orthopedic Hospital, where he spent an aggregate 25 years.
Harry Brown, MD, FACS, founded SEE International in Santa Barbara in 1974 after working with eye surgeons in Africa and Asia providing sight-restoring surgery to those with little access and great need. To date, through its coalition of volunteer eye surgeons, SEE International has restored sight to more than 400,000 individuals worldwide. To address the increasing epidemic of loss of sight due to diabetes mellitus, the organization has also launched a diabetic retinopathy program.
In addition, its
Santa Barbara Vision Care Program offers free eye exams by George Primbs, MD, FACS, and hundreds of free eyeglasses through a collaborative partnership with the
Santa Barbara Eyeglass Factory to those in the Santa Barbara area who have no other means of accessing vision care. To date, more than 51,000 patients have already received free eyecare. This program also provides free eye surgeries through local ophthalmologists such as Michael Paveloff, Dante Pieramici, Doug Katsev, Mark Silverberg, Toni Meyers, Stuart Winthrop and Steven Zelko.
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