December 23, 2015 - It is with deepest regrets that HelpMeSee announces the death of Dr. Jatin B. Shah, our Chief Medical Officer, Asia.
In a statement, HelpMeSee President and CEO, Jacob Mohan Thazhathu said that, "The passing of Dr. Jatin Shah as a friend and colleague is a great loss to me personally and to the entire HelpMeSee team. Dr. Shah was a frequent public health advocate providing sight-saving surgery to patients in Southeast Asia and Eastern Africa. He was integral to the development of HelpMeSee’s surgical training system and our campaigns in Nepal, Indonesia and Kenya."
Dr. Shah’s philanthropic commitments extended to work with the Lions Clubs International, Vision2020 India and the Ministries of Health and Labor for the Government of India.
Dr. Shah was born on November 4th, 1954 in Mumbai. He attended Topiwala National Medical College and B.Y.L. Nair CH. Hospital graduating with a Diploma in Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery degree in 1983, followed by a Masters of Surgery degree in 1984. His professional expertise was on anterior segment surgery, cataract, glaucoma, oculoplastic surgery, medical retina as well as pediatric squints and amblyopia.
At the time of his death Dr. Shah held professional consulting positions at the H.J. Doshi Hindu Sabha Hospital, Lions Eye Hospital - Sion, Saifee Hospital, St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Motiben Dalvi Hospital and the Conwest Jain Clinic, all located in Mumbai, India.
Dr. Shah was predeceased by two brothers and one sister, leaving behind one remaining brother and three sisters.
HelpMeSee would like to extend their deepest condolences to Dr. Shah’s family, friends and colleagues.
HelpMeSee is a global campaign to end cataract blindness, the leading cause of blindness worldwide. HelpMeSee intends to make the sight-restoring surgery available to millions of poor through financial support and by scaling training to the necessary number of MSICS specialists recruited from within their communities. HelpMeSee is pioneering a virtual reality surgical simulator and training program to be implemented worldwide, adapted from extensive experience in simulator-based aviation training. Since 2012, the campaign has supported over 222,000 surgeries through 242 partnerships across India, Nepal, China, Vietnam, Madagascar, Togo, Sierra Leone, Peru and The Gambia.