Simulator Subject Matter Experts & Course Instructors
Akshay Gopinathan Nair, MBBS, DNB (Ophthalmology), FLVPEI (Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery & Ocular Oncology)
Simulation Subject Matter Expert – Mumbai, India
Dr. Nair joined HelpMeSee in 2017 working today as a Simulation Subject Matter Expert. He has a Master of Science degree from Sankara Nethralaya Eye Hospital in Chennai, India.
After his graduation, Dr. Nair underwent fellowship training programs in ophthalmic plastic surgery, ocular oncology and facial aesthetics at the L V Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India and at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai Hospital in the United States.
Dr. Nair currently serves as faculty at Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College and the Advanced Eye Hospital & Institute in Mumbai, India.
Dr. Nair has a strong academic background with more than 60 peer-reviewed, indexed publications and 10 textbook chapters. With his expertise and insights in ophthalmic microsurgery, Dr. Nair contributes immensely to the development of HelpMeSee Eye Surgery Simulator and training programs.
Chetan Ahiwalay, MS
Senior Instructor & Subject Matter Expert – Mumbai, India
Dr. Ahiwalay is HelpMeSee as Senior Instructor and Subject Matter Expert. He performed fellowships at two of India’s top eye hospitals, a fellowship in phacoemulsification at Sankara Nethralaya and another in medical retina at Aravind Eye Hospital.
In his role at HelpMeSee, Dr. Ahiwalay assists Dr. Bacchav in training and managing the HelpMeSee team of instructors. He advises on the development of the MSICS surgery simulators from a training perspective. In addition to his work with HelpMeSee, Dr. Ahiwalay practices cataract and anterior segment surgery extensively and has vast experience in MSICS practice and training.
Ashish Bacchav, MBBS, DNB (Ophthalmology), FAEH (Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery)D
Lead Instructor & Subject Matter Expert – Mumbai, India
Dr. Bacchav joined HelpMeSee in 2017 as Lead Instructor and Subject Matter Expert. He is a Fellow of Cornea & Microsurgery at Aravind Eye Hospital in Tirunelveli, India, and a senior consultant with eye hospitals in Thane, India.
Dr. Bacchav’s experience includes more than 10,000 surgeries in MSICS, phacoemulsification, LASIK, cornea and refractive surgery. Dr. Bacchav will play a critical role in leading and training the team of instructors who will teach the first class of MSICS surgeons. As a Subject Matter Expert, he will also work with Dr. Nair to assist with the MSICS surgery simulation development for training purposes.
Minal Shah Baldota, DO (India), FLEI (Phaco)
Instructor – New York, United States
Dr. Baldota is an experienced General Physician from Chandivali, Mumbai with numerous patients in her 26 years of experience as a practicing doctor. She has an Advance Training Fellowship in Phacoemulsification, Advance Training Fellowship in Glaucoma at Aravind Eye Hospital, Advance Training Fellowship in Refractive Surgery (LASIK).
When not working for HelpMeSee, Dr. Baldota practices at Eyes First Clinic and Surgery Centre in Chandivali, Mumbai. Dr. Baldota is a member of the All India Ophthalmological Society and the Bombay Ophthalmologists’ Association (BOA).
Tejas Sheth, MBBS, MS
Instructor – Mumbai, India
Dr. Sheth joined HelpMeSee in 2017 as an MSICS Instructor and worked in six years of practice in trust and private hospitals in India. Dr. Sheth has four years of experience in the field of pharmacovigilance (medical review) at Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai, India.
Dr. Sheth is part of the team of instructors training the first class of surgeons in MSICS using the Eye Surgery Simulator and simulation-based learning system.
Xu Xu, MD
Deputy Director of Cataract Center, Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University – Wenzhou, China
Dr. Xu has performed ophthalmology research, teaching and clinical work in China for the past 20 years. She teaches MSICS to young doctors from the remote Western provinces of China.
Since December 2006, Dr. Xu has operated on over 4,000 of the total 13,000 charitable MSICS patients treated by Wenzhou Medical University.
Zelin Zhao, MD
Attending Doctor of Cataract Center, Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University – Wenzhou, China
Dr. Zelin Zhao graduated from Wenzhou Medical University in 2008 and has performed ophthalmology clinical work and research for the past ten years. Dr. Zhao mastered MSICS in 2013 and has restored vision to more than 1,000 cataract patients.
Dr. Zhao has participated in four charitable MSICS treatment campaigns in China’s Plateau Region and restored sight to cataract patients in Burkina Faso as part of an African national charity project. Dr. Zhao has a passion for teaching and to date, has trained three doctors on MISCS.
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