The idea for what is now called Global Ophthalmology at Emory (GO-Emory) originated in 2009 when Danny Haddad, then director of the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), joined EEC’s director Timothy Olsen and faculty member Paul Courtright in a seminal conversation about building a global vision initiative at Emory.
The idea took hold, aided by some dedicated advocates and partners. Courtright and fellow faculty member Susan Lewallen helped provide framework and architecture for the program early on. Emory Global Health vice president Jeffrey Koplan and world-renowned epidemiologist Willam Foege provided guidance to help the program take shape. The group sought partnerships with Atlanta organizations such as ITI, The Carter Center, and the CDC and with vision-focused groups such as the Lions Lighthouse and Center for the Visually Impaired.
Haddad joined the faculty as the program’s full-time director in 2013 and continues the work of those who helped get it off the ground, working with local, national, and international organizations. They include the International Coalition for Trachoma Control, Helen Keller International, the Kilimanjaro Centre for Community Ophthalmology and Sightsavers.
“Dr. Haddad brings a wealth of knowledge and global connections to Emory. He is a well-respected international leader in trachoma and has created a remarkable track record in effective public health strategies to help eradicate this blinding disorder. We are very fortunate to have him as our first director of Global Ophthalmology at Emory."