OUR MEDICAL OFFICERS
VAN CHARLES LANSINGH, MD, PHD, FICO (Hon)
Chief Medical Officer, HelpMeSee
Dr. Charles Lansingh is the Chief Medical Officer of HelpMeSee. He is a frequent lecturer and a prolific writer, with over 200 publications and book chapters. Dr. Lansingh’s various health-related postings include work in Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Australia and Latin America, and he served as the IAPB’s VISION 2020 regional coordinator in Latin America from 2004 until January 2015.
In 2019 he was named Voluntary Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, and in 2021 Voluntary Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences of the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.
Dr. Lansingh received his M.D. in 1987 from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico City, Mexico, doing a residency and postgraduate work in Mexico City (APEC/UNAM). In 2005 he was awarded a Ph.D. from the University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, in health sciences after fieldwork with Aboriginal communities in Central Australia. Dr. Lansingh also holds an MBA from the Quantic School of Business and Technology.
Dr. Akshay G. Nair
Director, Business Development, India
Dr. Akshay G. Nair’s areas of specialty are oculoplastic surgery and ocular oncology. He is known globally for his pioneering work on mucormycosis. Dr. Nair is featured on Stanford University’s 2022 Top 2% Scientists list based on the most-cited scientists globally. He has published over 130 peer-reviewed scientific papers and has contributed to 15 scientific textbooks.
He has been the first author on the papers on the validity of the HelpMeSee Eye Surgery Simulator published in Scientific Reports and the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Nair received the American and Asia-Pacific Academies of Ophthalmology Achievement Award in 2019. Other awards include those in neuro-ophthalmology (2011) and ocular oncology (2021) from the All-India Ophthalmological Society, as well as those for his research from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2013 and 2018.
Dr. Kimaya Chavan
Lead Instructor, Mumbai, India
Dr. Kimaya Chavan is the HelpMeSee Lead Instructor in Mumbai, India. She has served as a consultant ophthalmologist at the Chavan Hospital in Mumbai, where she has been in private practice since 2001.
Dr. Chavan has worked as an MSICS and PHACO trainer at Lions NAB Hospital, Miraj, and has conducted many SICS camps on behalf of the Chavan Charitable Trust. In addition, she regularly presents research papers at MOS and AIOC conferences.
Dr. Chavan received her DOMS from Rajiv Gandhi University, Bangalore, and her DNB from Lions NAB Hospital, Miraj. She completed her Observership at Minto Hospital, Bangalore.
Dr. Tejas Sheth
Dr. Tejas Sheth is a HelpMeSee Senior Instructor in Mumbai. He has been working in the field of ophthalmology since 2008 and owns and founded Netra Shakti Eye Care Clinic.
In Mumbai, he has worked at various trust and private hospitals, as well as serving as a medical reviewer for Tata Consultancy Services.
Dr. Sheth’s education includes completing MBBS and M.S. degrees in ophthalmology from Saurashtra University in Rajkot, India.
Dr. Chetan Ahiwalay
Subject Matter Expert & Chief Instructor, India
Dr. Chetan Ahiwalay is a HelpMeSee Subject Matter Expert and Chief Instructor in India. He leads the HelpMeSee Indian training delivery team and plays a vital role in developing courseware materials.
As an integral part of the simulation development team, Dr. Ahiwalay has contributed immensely to training resources, including the HelpMeSee e-book, training modules, Sops and analytics. He has been a cataract surgeon since 2008, working with several leading eye hospital chains in India.
Dr. Ahiwalay completed his Master of Ophthalmology from Government Medical College in Aurangabad, India. He completed fellowships in phacoemulsification at the Sankara Nethralaya eye hospital in Chennai, India, and medical retina studies at Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India.
Dr. Susha Sugathan
Dr. Susha Sugathan is a HelpMeSee Instructor in Mumbai, India. Additionally, she is a Subject Matter Expert and is actively involved in developing courseware and simulation-based courses.
Dr. Sugathan has been a practicing ophthalmologist since 2012 and is the Founder and Director at NeuEye Advanced Eye Care in Mumbai. She is a visiting “squint” surgeon at various reputed eye institutions in Central Mumbai and its suburbs.
Dr. Sugathan received training in pediatric ophthalmology at LV Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India, and neuro-phthalmology at Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India. She continues to be actively involved in academic research projects at her alma maters.
Dr. Ashish Bacchav
Director of Product Management
Dr. Ashish Bacchav is HelpMeSee Director of Product Management in Mumbai. He is also the Medical Director at his own hospital – Eknath Eye Hospital and Laser Centre. He specializes in cornea, cataract and refractive surgeries. He draws on this expertise to contribute to HelpMeSee simulation development and training programs.
Dr. Bacchav is involved in training and serving underprivileged patients at Grant Government Medical College and the Sir JJ Group of Hospitals in Mumbai, where he is an Honorary Associate Professor of Ophthalmology. His experience includes over 20,000 complicated and advanced ophthalmic surgeries.
Dr. Bacchav attended Grant Medical College in Mumbai and did postgraduate DNB surgical training in ophthalmology at Aravind Eye Hospital. After training, he completed a long-term fellowship there and later taught surgeries to Indian and international students.
Dr. Hinaben Patel, Ph.D.
Director of Grants and Development
Dr. Hinaben Patel is the Director of Grants and Development at HelpMeSee. She provides companywide leadership to develop strategies for revenue generation to support HelpMeSee’s mission. Her work involves forging partnerships with corporations, foundations and governments.
Dr. Patel received her undergraduate degree in microbiology from South Gujarat University in India. She obtained her M.Sc. in biotechnology from the University of Baroda, India, and her Ph.D. in genetics from Barkatullah University, India. Her experiences include working with Columbia University (USA), the Indian Institute of Technology and Cadila Pharmaceuticals (India).
Dr. Patel is a member of the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society and is trained in regulatory affairs for both medical devices and pharmaceuticals. She has also been a certified professional with the Association of Clinical Research (2018-22).
Dr. Minal ShahBaldota
Chief Instructor, Americas
Dr. Minal ShahBaldota is Chief Instructor, Americas, for HelpMeSee. She leads the delivery of training operations for the Americas and oversees training the trainers in the entire region. She is also a core member of the innovation and technology development team, playing a key role developing new surgical training modules with rigorous quality assurance. She is known worldwide as a tireless advocate for using simulation technology to strengthen ophthalmology surgical education.
Dr. ShahBaldota has over twenty years of experience in ophthalmic surgery and mentoring and is a lifetime member of the AIOC (All India Ophthalmological Society) and BOA (Bombay Ophthalmologists Association).
Dr. ShahBaldota received a degree in medicine from the MS University of Baroda, India. She completed fellowships in advanced cataract surgery, phacoemulsification, LASIK and glaucoma.
Dr. Nasar Mohammed
Instructor, HelpMeSee SIMLab (Jersey City, New Jersey)
Dr. Nasar Mohammed is an Instructor at the HelpMeSee SIMLab in New Jersey. He has over 30 years of experience as an anterior segment and refractive surgeon. In 2022, he joined HelpMeSee to work on its simulation-based microsurgery training program.
Dr. Mohammed’s experience includes extensive volunteer work with NGOs and charitable nonprofit organizations. He organized eye camps and performed thousands of cataract surgeries with the help of Lions and Rotary clubs. For the last three decades, he was the Founder and Director of Roshan Eye Center – a center of excellence for LASIK, cataract and refractive surgeries in Bangalore, India.
Dr. Mohammed received his medical degree from Kasturba Medical College in Manipal, India. He was an Anterior Segment Fellow at the Royal Free Hospital, University of London, UK, following which he completed a fellowship at Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India.
Later, Dr. Mohammed served as teaching faculty at Dr. BR Ambedkar Medical College in Bangalore and worked as a Consulting Ophthalmologist at his alma mater, Manipal Hospital in Bangalore.
Dr. Jean Marie Andre-Valentini
Chief Instructor & Director of Business Development, 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.
YANG XIAO (SHAW), MD
Medical Officer, Chief Instructor, Business Development Director, China – Beijing, China
Dr. Yang Xiao (Shaw) is the HelpMeSee Medical Officer for China. His role includes serving as the region’s Chief Instructor and Business Development Director. He has played a pivotal role in training and mentoring cataract surgeons in China using HelpMeSee simulation-based training.
Dr. Xiao successfully supported a partnership with HelpMeSee and the Eye Hospital at the Wenzhou Medical University, where more than 520 cataract surgeons in East China have been trained in MSICS.
A collaboration with the He Eye Specialist Hospital Group spearheaded by Dr. Xiao has resulted in training an additional 200 cataract surgeons in North China. These successes have sparked a partnership with Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center Sun Yat-Sen University, the top-ranked ophthalmology hospital and training institute in the country — and the world.
Dr. Xiao obtained his medical degree from the Capital Medical University in Beijing, China, and has since conducted over 25,000 successful ophthalmic procedures. Today he serves as an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at his alma mater. In 28 years, Dr. Xiao has trained and guided numerous ophthalmic surgeons. He has over 30 published peer-reviewed articles and five textbook chapters, and he received two Chinese patents for his surgical instrument inventions.
Dr. Kayode Odusote
Assistant Director, Business Development, Africa
Dr. Kayode Odusote is the HelpMeSee Assistant Director of Business Development for Africa. After graduating with his degree in medicine in 1971, he quickly rose to the rank of Professor of Medicine (Neurology) at the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He has long been a champion of eye health in the region.
In 1993, Dr. Odusote joined the West African Health Community. He became actively involved in the development of human resources for eye health, apart from his primary role of coordinating the training of medical specialists for the five Anglophone countries in the region.
In 2001, Dr. Odusote took on the Director of Human Resources Development role at the West African Health Organization. There, he spearheaded the establishment of the Vision2020 Forum for West Africa, a platform that facilitated collaboration and coordination among National Prevention of Blindness Program Managers and NGOs in the region. Dr. Odusote also championed expanding the training program for eye health professionals, extending it to Francophone West Africa with the support of organizations such as Sightsavers and CBM.
Throughout his career, Dr. Odusote has focused on developing human resources for eye health, particularly in the West African region. His efforts included coordinating the training of medical specialists and establishing programs to reduce the cataract burden in the area. Dr. Odusote also played a pivotal role in curriculum development, training ophthalmologists and implementing electronic medical records systems to monitor cataract surgical outcomes.
Matthew Lee Walden RN, MSN, CNS
Assistant Director Business Development USA, Europe, Canada
Mr. Walden has been with HelpMeSee since 2013 and started as the Clinical Research Coordinator during the early development phase of the Eye Surgery Simulator. Leveraging the decades of service work as a nurse in developing economies and as an advanced practice nurse, Mr. Walden has worked tirelessly for the mission of HelpMeSee and with those still suffering from untreated cataract.
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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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