It's a long way from his modern clinic in Santa Rosa to working in traveling tents in the Indian country side, but the challenging circumstances are richly rewarding for one local eye surgeon.
For Santa Rosa ophthalmologist Gary Barth, volunteering in Nepal and India has been a part of his practice from the very beginning.
In his most recent visit, Dr. Barth worked closely with Dr. Vidya Pant, renowned for his skill and speed in performing huge numbers of cataract surgeries. The video below shows that proceedure as Dr. Pant does it in real time (2:33), and while it is not bloody, it is also not for the squeamish.
Dr. Barth will be among the honorees at the annual Red Cross Real Local Heroes awards breakfast, to be held Thursday morning, April 19, at the Doubletree Hotel in Rohnert Park. Tickets are tight, but you can read the full list of 2012 award winners here.
One of the names on that list is Lee Gooding of Forestvile, founder of Helping American Veterans Endure (HAVE). Lee and his organization were profiled on the North Bay Report soon after HAVE was lanuched. You can find that Report here.