Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID 19) has turned 2019-2022 into a difficult period for all of us, the world, and our Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) could not escape to its consequences.
“Imagine all the people
Living life in peace.
You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one.
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one.”
– John Lennon
We created a pterygium study group headed by our mentor Paulo Dantas, and we would like to honor him.
We wanted to honor him first as an individual because his character, goodwill, patience, and education serve as an example to us all and for being a friend for all hours.
Furthermore, we would like to honor him as an ophthalmologist for his dedication to patients and vast knowledge, which served as an example.
Finally, we would mainly like to honor the teacher and mentor. Always present in our education, discussing cases, and teaching surgical techniques in detail, without haste, aiming to improve all his students , continuously raising the level of ophthalmology and contributing immensely. To complete our tribute, we must praise his mentor side, encouraging his colleagues altruistically. He was the founder of the pterygium group PAC, always present in creating our courses, studies, and others, without aiming for promotion.
We would especially like to thank you for always opening doors and showing new paths to be followed.
Teachers are like lighthouses for ships. They are there to smooth navigation, bringing safety and lightning along the way.
For many years, Professor Paulo Elias Correa Dantas has been the beacon for residents and fellows of the courses that form ophthalmologists and specialists in Cornea and External Diseases.
His teachings transcend medical teaching: respect, honesty, patience, integrity make him an extraordinary mentor. He inspires us with his didactics, his perseverance and his irreverence.
He is a tireless motivator. Always with a new idea and a new proposal.
And as time goes on, former students become friends with him. We thank the Professor for all his teachings.
May he always continue with his light, strength and brightness, illuminating the path of his disciples.
Pterygium Alliance Consortium
Dra. Debora Felberg, Dr. Sergio Felberg, Dr. Fernando Heitor, Dra. Catarina Ventura, Dr. Bernardo Moscovici, Dr. Fernando Eiji, Dr. Diego Ruiz, Dr. Arthur Schaeffer,
Dr. Francisco Bandeira, Dr. Victor Bergamasco
“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.”
– Malcolm Forbes
As the year is only getting started, we look ahead to many Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology’s (PAAO) exciting activities.