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Instructors by Training Location

At HelpMeSee, our instructors ensure our trainees have a proficient grasp of manual small incision cataract surgery techniques. Our instructor-led training prepares our trainees for real-world surgical scenarios using state-of-the-art ophthalmic simulation-based training to provide a realistic, hands-on learning environment. The core of our training initiative is the Eye Surgery Simulator, a cutting-edge tool that provides a realistic surgical environment. Under the expert guidance of our instructors, trainees can practice and perfect their surgical skills in a simulation-based, risk-free setting. This interactive learning experience is instrumental in preparing them for real-world surgical scenarios, significantly enhancing the success rate of cataract surgeries.

Our dedicated instructors play a pivotal role in elevating the standard of eye care. They are not just instructors, but mentors who foster a culture of excellence, nurturing the next generation of ophthalmic professionals. With the help of our instructors, we are making strides in improving eye health and eradicating cataract blindness, one training session at a time.

Learning Development Training Center

Mumbai, India

Ashish Bacchav, MBBS, DNB (Ophthalmology), FAEH (Cornea, Cataract and Refractive Surgery)

Chief Instructor & Lead Simulation Subject Matter Expert

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 plays a critical role in leading and training the team of instructors who teach MSICS. As a Subject Matter Expert, he leads the MSICS surgery simulation development for training purposes.

Chetan Ahiwalay, MS

Lead Instructor

Dr. Ahiwalay joined HelpMeSee as an 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 leads the MSICS Simulation-based Training Course (MSTC) delivery at the Learning Development/Training Center in Mumbai. He also trains 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.

Akshay Gopinathan Nair, MBBS, DNB (Ophthalmology), FLVPEI (Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery & Ocular Oncology)

Simulation Subject Matter Expert

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 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 ten textbook chapters. With expertise in ophthalmic microsurgery, Dr. Nair contributed immensely to the Eye Surgery Simulator’s development.

Tejas Sheth, MBBS, MS


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 pharmacovigilance experience (medical review) at Tata Consultancy Services, Mumbai, India.

Dr. Sheth is part of the team of instructors training MSTC) at the Learning Development Training Center in Mumbai and contributes to developing the MSICS surgery simulator.

Polyclinique Ilafy

Antananarivo, Madagascar

Jean Marie Andre-Valentini​, MD

Chief Instructor
Director of Business Development for Africa and Europe

Dr. Jean Marie Andre-Valentini is HelpMeSee Chief Instructor and Director of Business Development for Africa and Europe. He joined HelpMeSee as a Medical Officer in 2013. He is an anterior segment surgeon with over 40 years of experience.

Dr. Andre-Valentini completed his medical education and received his Master of Surgery from Marseille Medical School in France. For decades, he worked on behalf of Marseille Medical School in Francophone, West Africa. In collaboration with the West African Health Organization, he educated local medical professionals on using MSICS.

Dr. Andre-Valentini is a member of the Malagasy Society of Ophthalmology, the French Society of Ophthalmology and the European Society of Ophthalmology.

Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University

Wenzhou, China

Xu Xu, MD

Lead Instructor
Director of Medical Affairs Department, Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University

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.


Resident of Cataract Center, Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University

Dr. Tu has performed ophthalmology clinical work and research in the Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University for the past six years.

She was awarded the Excellent Instructor of Wenzhou Medical University in 2019. She is charged with municipal department-level projects, published 12 SCI papers and edited four books.


Attending Doctor of Cataract Center, Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University

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.


Attending Doctor of Cataract Center, Eye Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University

Dr. Kaijing Zhou joined HelpMeSee in 2020 as an Instructor. He is specialized in intraocular refractive surgery and high myopia and is engaged in clinical practice, teaching and research of cataract surgery.

He is a visiting scholar of the University of North Texas Health Science Center in the US and a reviewer of the journals’ IOVS’ and ‘Aging and Disease.’ He has charged three municipal department-level projects and participated in a national natural science project. In total, he has published 7 SCI papers and edited five books.

Mexican Institute of Ophthalmology (I.M.O.)

Querétaro, Mexico


Lead Instructor
Deputy Director of the Anterior Segment Department, Instituto Mexicano de Oftalmología (IMO)

Dr. González is an Anterior Segment Surgeon at the Mexicano de Oftalmología (IMO) in Querétaro, Mexico, where she teaches phacoemulsification and Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery to residents. Dr. González qualified as an HelpMeSee Ocular Incisions and Dissections Course Instructor in 2019. Working with Chief Medical Officer Dr. Van Lansingh, Dr. González installed the HelpMeSee Eye Surgery Simulator to IMO, the first in Latin America.

As part of the HelpMeSee Partnership Training program, Dr. González will teach Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery using the Eye Surgery Simulator and the MSICS Cataract Surgery eBook.

In addition to her surgical appointment, Dr. González is President of the Research Ethics Committee and Head of Teaching at Instituto Mexicano de Oftalmología/La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. She is also a Collaborator for the International Council of Ophthalmology.

Dr. González graduated from the Faculty of Medicine of the Autonomous University of Querétaro, where she completed her Instituto residency with Mexicano de Oftalmología I.A.P. and subspecialty study in ocular anterior segment microsurgery. She has a Master’s Degree in Bioethics from the Center for Advanced Social Research.


Associate Director of the Anterior Segment Department, Mexicano de Oftalmología (IMO)

Dr. Díaz is certified by HelpMeSee to teach Sclerolcorneal Tunnel Construction Course (STCC) at the Instituto Mexicano de Oftalmología (IMO)/Autonomous University of Mexico, where she also completed a fellowship in Anterior Segment Surgery in March of 2020 and an ophthalmology residency 2018.

Dr. Diaz’s graduate thesis compared the visual results of phacoemulsification cataract surgery with Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS). She received her board certification from the Mexican Council of Ophthalmology in 2018.


Jersey City, NJ USA



Dr. Nasar Mohammed is an instructor at the HelpMeSee SIMLab in Jersey City, NJ since 2022. His role is to train ophthalmic surgeons using the simulation -based microsurgery training program.

After obtaining his Master of Surgery from the Kasturba Medical College, Manipal in India, he proceeded to the United Kingdom to pursue a fellowship in Anterior Segment at the Royal Free Hospital, University of London. On his return to India, he did a short-term fellowship at the Aravind Eye Hospital, Madurai.

Over the last 30 years, he has performed thousands of Ophthalmic procedures including Cataract, Lasik, and Refractive surgeries as the chief surgeon at the Roshan Eye Center, Bangalore. He served as a teaching faculty at the Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Medical College. Later, he trained and mentored Ophthalmic residents at his alma mater, Manipal Hospital in Bangalore.

Dr. Mohammed is the Life Member of the All-India Ophthalmological Society and a former International Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.



Dr. Minal ShahBaldota, an ophthalmic surgeon, is a Subject Matter Expert with HelpMeSee New York. Drawing on her extensive surgical experience spanning over 25 years, Dr. ShahBaldota is an integral member of the HelpMeSee team focused on the development of the Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) simulator.

She performed thousands of cataract surgery: phacoemulsification, extracapsular cataract extraction (ECCE), and MSICS), glaucoma, and LASIK surgeries in India.

Prior to her current role, she founded, owned, managed, and performed surgeries at Eyes First Clinic and Surgery Center in Mumbai, India.

Dr. ShahBaldota finished her specialization in Ophthalmology at Baroda Medical College. She also completed a Fellowship in Phacoemulsification at Laxmi Eye Institute. Additionally, she concluded a short-term Fellowship in Glaucoma at Aravind Eye Hospital, as well as Advanced Training in Refractive Surgery (LASIK) at New Vision Laser Center.

She is a life member of the All-India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) and the Bombay Ophthalmology Association (BOA).

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HelpMeSee is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered in the United States.

The HelpMeSee mission is to eradicate preventable cataract blindness globally. We achieve this through an innovative, scalable simulation-based cataract surgical training program. Our program covers Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS), Phacoemulsification Simulation-based Training Course (PSTC), Suturing Simulation-based Training Course (SSTC), Complications Management Course (CMC), Phacoemulsification to MSICS Differences Course (PMDC), and MSICS to Phacoemulsification Differences Course (MPDC). These offerings empower eye care professionals to refine their skills, master vital procedures, and excel in ophthalmology. We are dedicated to restoring vision for those with severe visual impairment and cataract-induced blindness worldwide.

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