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Reviews - Harvard Eye Associates

Testimonials from our patients:

Pterygium testimonial, William Ford Motor Company
Pterygium testimonial, William Ford Motor Company

William Ford, Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company - Watch the video to learn why he traveled to Harvard Eye Associates all the way from Michigan for eye surgery. Watch his video below:

William Ford (Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company) describes his
Pterygium Surgery at Harvard Eye Associates (2:24)

Allen Holdsworth Cataract Surgery testimonialAllen Holdsworth Cataract Surgery testimonial

"I am writing to thank you and your staff so very much indeed for reuniting me with the world. It’s amazing! (Whilst it did take me a minute to figure out whom I was looking at in the mirror.)

As a musician, my deteriorating vision was really affecting my work and I was beginning to struggle. Even so, I had no idea just how poor my vision really was until after my first surgery. Now it is hard for me to remember or imagine what it was like for me (or anyone else suffering from the same condition) going trough life literally in the dark. Not only has it recharged my working career, enabling me to see my instrument and studio equipment dials, but it has also recharged many other aspects of my life as well.

So again, I would like to thank you very much for giving me a new lease on life. You took the "fear factor" out of a scary procedure, making everything so very patient-friendly. I always knew I was in the best of hands."

Roberto Guerrero
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"It's been a few months since my eye surgery. Since that time I've been driving "off-road" race cars in Baja California, Mexico approximately twice a month. I can't tell you how much I appreciate seeing so clearly, day or night and not having to wear glasses. I absolutely love my "new" eyes."

F1 and Indy Driver Roberto Guerrero describes his
LASIK Experience at Harvard Eye Associates (3:06)

Touring Pro Golfer Peter Campbell

Touring Pro Golfer Peter Campbell describes his
Pterygia Removal Experience at Harvard Eye (3:01)

Anne Belec President of Volvo
Anne Belec President of Volvo

Anne Belec CEO of Volvo describes her
LASIK Experience at Harvard Eye (3:01)

James Doehring Olympic Silver Medalist LASIK testimonial orange county

"I'm writing to thank you and your staff for your "world class" care during and after my eye surgery. I've always tried to find the very best physicians and I'm pleased to say that is exactly what occurred... you are the specialists I was looking for!

Also, I must say that I felt relaxed and secure being offered the latest in technology during my surgery from the very best, Harvard Eye Associates. it is a procedure that I would recommend to anyone needing and wanting only the best. The results are perfect! I couldn't be more pleased!"

Eye Care America - The Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Eye Care America in recognition of Brian Kim MD

Hollywood actor Richard Foronjy discusses his cataract surgery.

Aesthetics by Harvard Eye Associates - Nancy

Cataract Procedure at Harvard Eye Associates - Pat

Cosmetic Patient at Harvard Eye Associates - Cynthia

Cataract Surgery at Harvard Eye Associates - Don

Glaucoma at Harvard Eye Associates - Hugh

Cataract Surgery at Harvard Eye Associates - Mr. and Mrs. Taub

Pterygium testimonial orange county

"I couldn't be happier with my decision to have my pterygium corrected by Dr. Hovanesian!

After years of surfing and kitesurfing daily, the pterygium in my eye was becoming larger and larger, irritating my eye more and more. I would feel it rub against my eyelid and the friction would result in constant eye redness. Besides that, the pterygium made my eye look strange – my eye looked foggy, uneven, and aged.

I chose Dr. Hovanesian because I came across his website while doing research, and it sounded like he was the pterygium expert. I read and watched the reviews his former patients had posted, and everyone was especially pleased. I got the feeling that Dr. Hovanesian was a great doctor to choose, particularly for this surgery, and, once I had my consultation with him, I was confident that this was the case

As it turned out, Dr. Hovanesian was indeed the perfect choice. The surgery was quick and painless. I was in and out in exactly an hour and the doctor and his entire staff at Harvard Eye Associates were completely professional and exceptionally friendly and comforting. The recovery was also fast and easy. There were two days of completely palatable discomfort, and under two weeks of avoiding extreme stressors, e.g. surfing, heavy weight lifting, etc. Before I knew it, my eye was in better shape than it had been in years!

I cannot stress enough how pleased I am with the results of my surgery. My eye is now perfect, which is so much better than I had hoped for or anticipated. Dr. Hovanesian is a true expert, and I highly and unequivocally recommend his services to anyone experiencing the discomfort that accompanies a pterygium."

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"Think of the number of lives you have helped - and are helping!

With great admiration and respect..."

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"I am, and have been, a professional stunt woman in the motion picture business for 25 years. Excellent eyesight is mandatory in this line of work. Thanks to my LASIK surgery, performed by Harvard Eye Associates, I am able to continue with my career."

Chris Vanley MD pathologist LASIK testimonial orange county california

"I am writing to tell you how happy I am with my LASIK corrected vision, and with the care I received from Harvard Eye Associates and all of your staff. My vision is critical to me in my work as a pathologist, and I couldn't be more pleased with the outcome. I can read reports, evaluate specimens of all shapes and sizes, and look into the microscope for hours, and I no longer have to take my glasses off and on all day long. I can go surfing and actually see the waves coming, or play sports without looking through a sweaty fog. It's been 18 months since I had LASIK, and I no longer wake up reaching for my glasses, but I still can't believe it."

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"Dear Harvard Eye, "Thank you so much for my 'new eyes' !! The clarity, color and brightness after my cataract surgery is unbelievable! It is hard to describe to people the positive difference in my life. My friend asked me if it is like upgrading to HD TV from standard TV. I said, no, 'it's much more like changing from old black and white TV to beautiful color, HD television!!' Again, my sincere thanks."

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"I have been meaning to write you a testimonial and am finally taking the time to do it. As you are aware, you have saved my vision twice now.

The first time was when you were able to diagnose and repair a cataract that at least 3 ophthalmologist before you could not figure out. I suffered for about 2 full years of doctor visits before seeing you, and in about 5 minutes you had it accurately diagnosed and had explained it to me in a way that I could understand. You and your team made the surgical experience painless in every way, with an absolute minimum of hassle and most importantly, I had no problems and my vision is excellent.

The second time shows the "above and beyond" nature of you personally. I first noticed a shadow at the bottom of my vision on a Saturday, researched the symptoms on your website on Sunday, called the emergency line early that morning and saw you in your office 30 minutes later. Unbelievable. You accurately diagnosed the detached retina, arranged for me to see a specialist outside your group by 3 PM that same day and told me how to take care of myself until then. You did a great job and they brought my vision back about 98%. I now realize just how lucky I was. The intelligence behind the work you put into your website plus your professional work ethic and personal caring all came together for me that day. People I tell the story to are amazed and I've heard several stories of people that had much more trouble than I did even when their problems started out smaller than mine.

In addition to your hard earned skills, the following are the specific things I've personally experienced at Harvard Eye Associates that you should be extremely proud of:

You and your team are very punctual. I have never waited in your office more than a few minutes to start the process. This is extremely rare in many businesses these days and is pretty much the unheard of in the medical professions

Your team in operationally efficient. I am an operations consultant and notice very small details that your team has down pat. For example I call right when the office opens in the morning with an urgent concern and even though I see you in less than 2 hours my file is right next to the person I sign in with. No fuss and no muss.

There are absolutely never a bunch of people waiting in the waiting room that have signed in but who haven't yet been serviced. I don't think I've ever seen more than one name on the list that wasn't highlighted, indicating they were ready to be seen.

Your team's work ethic and professionalism shows in everything they do.

It is obvious that you are one busy office, but when I'm with you I feel that you are 100% present in the moment. You take the time to answer questions and if my family is there you spend time to explain things to them. I get the same feeling from everyone I talk to in the office. You and your team have an excellent blend of the professional with a personal touch

We never have any billing issues with Harvard Eye Associates. This is in stark contrast to other doctor's offices we work with.

I could go on here but the net of it is that your continuous improvement shows, particularly since I've been with you long en ought to see you raise the bar even while your practice has grown substantially

I feel very qualified to say these things given the amount of service you have provided me personally. Please feel free to use this testimonial in any way and give my name and number to anyone who is looking for a personal reference."

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"After a colleague suggested I have LASIK, I did some research, and I couldn't be happier with my choice of Harvard Eye Associates. My eyes are doing great, and I feel better every day! Thanks for making it so easy!"

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"It is a challenge for me to find the words to express my current state of mind ...but I'll give it a try. Ecstatic. Thrilled. Joy. Bliss. Free. I can SEE!!! I can see better than I've ever been able to see in my life even with glasses or contacts. The world is like eye candy! I haven't been able to stop smiling!"

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"The experience of seeing clearly first thing in the morning continues to amaze me. I would do (LASIK) again tomorrow."

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"Immediately after surgery I was able to see the clock on the wall. This was incredible! I would recommend this to anyone!"

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"I can horseback ride and swim without the worry of dust in my eyes or the contacts washing out in the ocean. I can SEE!"

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I've had two miracles in my life. The first was the birth of my son. The second was the refractive surgery performed by Harvard Eye Associates. Thank you for my new eyesight!

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"Being an insurance agent that specializes in medical malpractice insurance, I know that the reputation of Harvard Eye Associates is very highly regarded. From the time I first inquired about this procedure, I was very impressed with the staff... I am thrilled with the results of my corrected vision and have recommended you to others. Thank you for making my life so much better without the need for contacts and glasses!"

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"Several years ago you removed a pterygium from my right eye ...using stitches. The procedure you used this time did not use stitches; I was amazed that a type of glue would be used instead! What a difference it made for the surgery and my recovery! My husband was shocked at how quickly the procedure went using this new technique - literally a matter of minutes. I never even needed a Tylenol! I just can't get over how fast my eye healed! I can't thank you enough for the thoughtful and thorough attention I received at Harvard Eye Associates. It is evident that you and your team truly care."

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"Kerry from Australia just writing to say how happy I am with my eyes now. You have made such a difference to the quality of my life. No longer do I have to hide behind sunglasses or be embarrassed to talk to people. My eyes have healed beautifully. I have spoken to so many people on the Internet that suffer from pterygium, and I hope you don't mind, but I have referred them to you, because I know how distressing this condition can be. You are an absolutely beautiful, kind and caring group of people and I wish you all the happiness in the world!"

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"Thank you so much, Harvard Eye Associates. Your wonderful and caring team made me feel so at ease with the LASIK procedure. If I knew that the result would be this amazing, I would have done it sooner. What a waste of my energy to have fretted over it!

For the first time since 5th grade, when I opened my eyes the following morning and looked out my window, I was so elated I could finally see with clarity the beautiful trees and leaves in varying shapes, sizes, and shades of greens, yellows, browns and traces of reds, that once eluded me each morning without my glasses. I am so happy and pleased with the overall results. Thank you so much. Now, I just need to get rid of the terrible habit of adjusting my glasses that no longer exist!!! "

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"Dear Harvard Eye Associates,

I wrote this limerick to commemorate my eyelid surgery. Hope you like it:

Soon after the diagnosis,
The surgeon repaired her ptosis.
With the fat rolls removed,
her eyesight's improved,
and her face has a healthy prognosis!"

"I have been a patient of Dr. Diana Kersten for over 25 years.  During that time, I have grown to appreciate- and to rely on- her professionalism, her expertise, her kindness, and her warmth.  These qualities were never more evident than in my recent diagnosis of a macular hole in my right eye.  Dr. Kersten was calm and reassuring as she told me that my condition was serious, but treatable.  She referred me to an excellent retinal surgeon, Dr. Charles Enfing of Retina Associates of Orange County and arranged for and appointment within a week.  Following my successful macular hole surgery, Dr. Enfing sent me back to Dr. Kersten, who performed a follow-up cataract surgery.  Thanks to the skill and dedication of both my surgeons, the vision in my right eye has improved dramatically- from 20/200 to 20/25/  I highly recommend Dr. Kersten and her excellent surgical team to anyone looking for excellence in eye care, whether routine or acute." 

- Brenda B.

"Positive Experience.  Everyone is professional and friendly.  Little or no waiting for appointment.  Positive results with surgery.  Everything was explained in advance."

- Shirley C.

"I have been extremely pleased with Harvard.  Actually I couldn’t be happier.  Dr. Teymorrian is fantastic.  When he asks a question he really listens to the answer, he is great.  Arsen and Elvita also awesome.  Smiles, humor, down to business, I feel relaxed, they are great."

- Carolyn C.

"My vision has improved dramatically as a result of my cataract surgery.  The clarity and brilliance of color is remarkable.   The surgery and post-op period has been painless as well as uncomplicated.  I would highly recommend Dr. Kersten and Harvard Eye Associates for this procedure."

- Daniel D.

"I feel I'm very lucky.  I had my cataract surgery at Harvard Eye Associates because my friends went elsewhere and had problems.  The Crystalens was a great success and I have not had to wear glasses.  The staff was very kind and made me feel comfortable."

- Theresa D.

"As an AF fighter pilot (23 years) and an airline pilot (25 years) I am very conscious of my vision. Deterioration, due to cataracts, required action.  I chose Harvard eye Associates and Dr. John Hovanesian.  I was impressed on my first visit with the efficiency of the office staff and technicians.  This and “all” appointments, including the 2 surgeries were on time.

First appointment: condition explained, corrective options with positives and negatives.  I selected the option.

Pre-surgery: A thorough explanation of pre and post surgery requirements and schedules with supporting documentation.  They were polite and did not make you feel rushed. 
Surgery: Total time of 1 and a half hours.  You have the option of staying awake, as a participant or being put to sleep.  I did one of each and prefer participating.

Pain: Little to none.  “No” medication required.

Vision: Glasses, 1 lens removed, required for reading until second surgery.  TV and PC ok after 5 hours and got progressively better.  Glasses not required after second surgery.

Driving: Day after first surgery, no glasses.  10 days after, night return from Oceanside with no glasses, no glare, no problem.

Overall Experience: Better results than I expected. No surprises!
Back to the golf course!"

- Don D.

"Even though I have been in the medical field, I must admit I was apprehensive about having my eyes operated on.  My mom had it done along with many of my friends and they were reassuring, but I wasn’t really convinced.  My closest friend had it done so I said, “OK!”  I have to tell you that my trip to Harvard Eye Associates was good.  Very assuring and pleasant.  I really wish I could have done it sooner.  I had worn contact lenses for about 50 years and now I only have to open my eyes and I can see!"

- Patsy H.

"I have been a patient at Harvard Eye Associates since 2006 when Dr. Hovanesian was recommended to me.  I have seen Dr. Stefanidis for yearly eye exams and Dr. Hovanesian has performed cataract surgery on both of my eyes.  I am very pleased with the wonderful expertise and care I experienced, from the doctors and staff at Harvard Eye Associates and continue to recommend Harvard Eye to my friends and family members who are also very pleased with the experience."

- Steve L.

"My husband chose “multifocal” lens and was so happy he encouraged me to do the same.  I had worn glasses for 40 years and was hesitant to change.  Price also was a factor.  With my husbands’ encouragement, I too chose “multifocal”.  That was the best decision and the best money ever spent!  I am completely free of glasses and I have excellent vision- near and far.  I have no trouble passing the eye test for the DMV!  Best decision I have ever made."

- Noela H.

"I have been extremely satisfied with the care I’ve received from Dr. Diana Kersten at Harvard Eye during several years as a patient.  And now, after having cataract surgery on both eyes, I am thrilled – thrilled with the results as well as with her high level of care."

- Berteil M.

"Dear friends are Harvard Eye,

I would like to express my gratitude for the excellent care and consideration I received during my recent cataract surgery.  Dr. John Hovanesian and his staff of counselors, nurses, anesthesiologists and office staff were extremely caring and kind.  I heartily recommend the practice to anyone who has a need for it."

Warm Regards,
- Anne K. R.

"Dr. Hovanesian performed cataract surgery on both of my eyes.  The results were amazing.  Prior to surgery my vision was 20/50 and after surgery it as 20/20. I could hardly believe how clear and bright everything appeared after surgery.  I highly recommend this procedure to anyone who has cataracts."

- William R.

"I would like to say a huge thank you to the staff at Harvard Eye Associates.  My experience there was incredible.  They really listen to me and have way of making me feel so calm.  Dr. Hovanesian is very caring and compassionate.  He performed a pterygium removal surgery on me and did an amazing job.  I feel so very blessed and fortunate to have had him perform my surgery.  I would eagerly recommend him to anybody when given the chance.  Previously, I had the same surgery performed at another practice and the pterygium grew back almost immediately and the doctor put “regular” stitches in my eye.   The whole experience was a nightmare.  I will go back to Dr. Hovanesian to have surgery done on the other eye soon, and I drive all the way from Arizona, and I know that my next experience will be as awesome as the last.  I just can’t say enough about Harvard Eye Associates."

- Anne S.

"Prior to cataract surgery I wore prescription glasses all day long.  Since my procedure four years ago I no longer wear glasses.  The post operation follow up and the care these past four years has been excellent!"

- Bob S.

"The care and professionalism of Dr. Diana Kersten for her patients is exceptional.  As a patient for cataract surgery, I couldn’t have asked for any better care both before and after completion of my surgery.  I would recommend here and Harvard Eye Associates to my family and friends without hesitation."

- Marsha S.

"I moved to Laguna Woods in August 2010- I knew I had cataracts forming.  I was recommended to Harvard Eye Associates and Dr. Kim from my ophthalmologist in Orange.  One day while driving from the store in the rain, I just by chance glanced up and there was a sign for Harvard Eye Associates.  Needless to say I called them and made an appointment.  So blessed Dr. Kim was there.  My whole experience of the surgery, the recovery, all the people in the office, in the surgery room, Barbara the counselor, all the way through was wonderful.  I can only say a praise for everyone!! So kind- it was a wonderful experience.  I would hope everyone could go there." 

- Joyce W.

"Today because of your services I wake up each morning to the sight I remember before.  I began wearing glasses in fifth grade.  To see the detail in the world is such a blessing we take for granted! The morning after surgery I remember waking up to the scene of flowers on the outside fence.  I could actually see the details for the first time since childhood.  Having worn glasses for over 50 years I can’t even begin to express how lucky I feel to have been in the hands of Dr. O and staff at Harvard Eye.  Now traveling to see my grown children and 13 grandchildren is a delight, not a frustration from not being able to see either up close or signs far away!  The service and care was beyond description!  Surgery was easier than I expected before, during and after. I am so glad I found Harvard Eye"!

- Marilyn W.

"Excellent for right eye - In and out on schedule, painless, well synchronized. Very busy place, can feel like an assembly-line experience - which on the positive side, is somewhat reassuring because it's obvious that doctors and staff have done this many, many times. Vision outcome is very good, and I would have no reservations recommending Harvard Eye Associates to others."

- Trisha G.

"The instructions from pre-op to post-op were precise and easy to follow. The surgery staff was friendly and efficient. A quick look around assured me the facility was clean and well equipped. The skill of Dr. Kim has me overjoyed with the successful implantation of multifocal lens. A heart felt thank-you to all."

- Ruth B.

"Today because of your services I wake up each morning to the sight I remember before.  I began wearing glasses in fifth grade.  To see the detail in the world is such a blessing we take for granted! The morning after surgery I remember waking up to the scene of flowers on the outside fence.  I could actually see the details for the first time since childhood.  Having worn glasses for over 50 years I can’t even begin to express how lucky I feel to have been in the hands of Dr. O and staff at Harvard Eye.  Now traveling to see my grown children and 13 grandchildren is a delight, not a frustration from not being able to see either up close or signs far away!  The service and care was beyond description!  Surgery was easier than I expected before, during and after. I am so glad I found Harvard Eye!"

- Marilyn W.

"My cataract surgery on my left eye was a breeze. I was so scared as anything to do with my eyes is so scary. Dr. Kim and his assistant Barbara Wong were both extremely caring. Dr. Ganan the anesthesiologist was great, awake the whole time and felt nothing. Actually was told to stop talking so they could put the lens in, ha ha!"

- Mary Lou M.

"The doctors and staff were wonderful. Dr. Kim and his office were kind and helpful also."

- Carol R.

"Dr. Kim, Barbara Wong and staff are excellent! They took care of me like I was their family. I highly recommend them. They are awesome!"

- Shahla A.

"Dr. Kim and Dr. Ganan were excellent in the care they provided, before, during and after surgery. They were both highly professional and caring during both cataract operations. The surgical team was also exceptional from the moment I entered the medial center to the walk after surgery to my daughter's car. I also must add the entire staff at Harvard Eye, San Clemente is wonderful and why I have stayed with Harvard Eye to maintain my vision at its optimal level for 15 years.

P.S. Today I heard a woman speak about being blind since age 15 and I realized how blessed I am to have my eyes cared for by such a caring and professional medical team. At the age of 78, I can read, enjoy beautiful sunsets and go on Facebook to see and connect with my grandchildren and great grandchildren. Priceless."

- Diane K.

"In June of 2013, Dr. Kim performed cataract surgery on both of my eyes. A toric lens was implanted in each eye to correct astigmatism. My distance vision has imporved to 20/25 and I couldn't be more pleased. Thank you, Dr. Kim and Barbara Wong for being especially accommodating on scheduling."

- James K.

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Harvard Eye Associates
Laguna Hills Office

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24401 Calle de la Louisa
Suites 300-312
Laguna Hills, California 92653

FAX: 949-356-1660
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San Clemente Office

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665 Camino de los Mares
Suites 102-103
San Clemente, California 92673

FAX: 949-356-1660

The eye doctors of Harvard Eye Associates perform advanced technology diagnostic testing and treatment, as well as taking the time necessary to provide each patient with information needed to fully understand his or her condition and to achieve the best possible visual outcome.

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Internationally regarded as the go-to specialist in eye care, Harvard Eye offers a combined experience of over 100 years and over 100,000 surgical procedures. The doctors of Harvard Eye Associates have treated virtually every known eye condition there is, plus a few previously unknown.

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Whether you or a loved one are having a first eye exam, a repeat eye exam, or are seeing a new eye doctor at Harvard Eye for the first time, there are a number of routine questions you can expect.

Your answers to these questions during eye exams are anything but routine for your eye doctor, so you may want to arrive prepared.

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Meet Our Patients

Read testimonials and watch videos of actual Harvard Eye Associates patients who have benefited from our professionalism, dedication, and commitment to high quality patient care.

Our offices provide patients with all eye care needs from routine eye exams to complex surgical procedures.

We are both proud and grateful that our patients have chosen to trust their vision with Harvard Eye!

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Volunteer work is extremely important to Harvard Eye Associates. Twice yearly, we travel the world to teach and perform surgery to people who have no other resources, and have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to providing medical training and supplies to developing countries.

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