2013-02-07 / Community

GC Father, Son Participate In Medical Mission

Dr. Gerard D’Aversa and son Jerry D’Aversa Dr. Gerard D’Aversa and son Jerry D’Aversa Dr. Gerard D’Aversa of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI), and his son Jerry, a junior and pre-med student at Manhattan College, just returned from participating in a medical mission trip to Grenada, West Indies. Dr. D’Aversa, a board certified ophthalmologist with vast experience in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery, performed sight-restoring surgeries for area residents seeking medical assistance. Jerry assisted in the OR, conducted pre and post- operative examinations and distributed eye medicine to the public. This was Jerry’s first mission trip.

“This mission trip was one of the most rewarding experiences in my life,” said Jerry. “The reason I wanted to go to Grenada was because I wanted to be involved in restoring vision to people who were in desperate need of health care. My favorite part of the trip was examining patients the day after cataract and corneal transplant surgery. The patients could not believe that they could see again. Everyone was very grateful for our work.”

Dr. D’Aversa with a patient Dr. D’Aversa with a patient This was Dr. D’Aversa’s second medical mission trip; his first was in 2011 to Ghana, Africa.

Here on Long Island, Dr. D’Aversa performs eye surgeries at Island Eye Surgicenter in Carle Place. In the past, Island Eye donated much-needed equipment and supplies for Dr. D’Aversa’s first mission to Ghana and they coordinated the donations from medical companies and the necessary surgical supplies that were critical to Dr. D’Aversa’s recent mission in Grenada. Island Eye also provided one of their own surgical technicians, Kadrian Tobias of Brooklyn, who volunteered to accompany Dr. D’Aversa to Grenada and assisted him in the OR.

This humanitarian mission was sponsored by a grant from St. George’s University School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology, Grenada, West Indies.

Dr. D’Aversa and son Jerry reside in Garden City.

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