Professor Van Charles Lansingh has worked to reduce blindness around the world and currently serves as Chief Medical Officer at HelpMeSee. He obtained his MD in 1987 from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico City, Mexico, with residency and postgraduate work in Mexico City (APEC/UNAM). In 2005, Van was awarded a PhD from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia in health sciences after field work with Aboriginal communities in Central Australia in which he studied the effects of the SAFE strategy for trachoma.
Dr. Lansingh has held various positions in Papua New Guinea, Australia, and Latin America, and was the IAPB's VISION 2020 Regional Coordinator in Latin America since 2004. In 2012, he was named Voluntary Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami and Director of International Outreach in the Department of Ophthalmology, Hamilton Eye Institute, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
Van is on the international Advisory Panel of the Ophthalmic News & Education (O.N.E.™) Network from the AAO (American Academy of Ophthalmology) and ICO (International Council of Ophthalmology), a member of the Group of Experts of WHO (World Health Organization) / PAHO (Pan American Health Organization) since May 2006, a frequent lecturer at various international meetings and has authored or coauthored over 60 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 13 chapters in books.
Dr. Lansingh is the recipient of numerous awards for his work, most recently receiving the International Blindness Prevention Award from the AAO and the Benjamin F Boyd. Humanitarian Award from the PAAO (Pan American Association of Ophthalmology).