On Preventing Blindness - A Conversation with Dr. Sanduk Ruit & Thomas Bosshard
Narratives of PurposeFebruary 22, 2021x
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On Preventing Blindness - A Conversation with Dr. Sanduk Ruit & Thomas Bosshard

On this episode, I talk with world renowned eye surgeon, founder and executive director of the Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Kathmandu: Dr. Sanduk Ruit; and with co-owner of Oertli Instrumente AG, a Swiss-based medical device company: Thomas Bosshard. Both Dr. Ruit and Thomas have been carrying out impactful work in the field of cataract surgery. In our conversation, they share how they established a long-lasting collaboration leading to philanthropic activities. Dr. Ruit and Thomas speak very passionately about their work, how they see cataract surgery evolving, and they also give some advice to students interested to start a career in ophthalmology or the medical device industry.  

 

Show Notes

At the end of the show, I ask all my guests the same set of questions to get a sneak preview into their favourite music or books. Here are the links to Dr. Ruit's answers. The singer he often listens to is Narayan Gopal. The book that particularly resonated with him at a specific time in his life is Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin. His all-time favourite book that he absolutely recommends is Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela by Nelson MandelaAnd here are the links to Thomas's answers. The book he is currently reading is The Four by Scott Galloway. The music that particularly resonated with him at a specific time in his life is from Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, and the song ‘‘Round Midnight’ by Thelonius Monk. His all-time favourite album that he absolutely recommends is Concert by the Sea by Erroll Garner.

If you want to follow Thomas on social media, these are his channels: LinkedIn, Facebook, and Instagram

In case you wish to have more information on a few points mentioned in our conversation, here are some useful links. The Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Nepal where Dr. Ruit currently works. The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation that awarded a prestigious prize to Dr. Ruit for his work. His biography is told in the book The Barefoot Surgeon by Ali Gripper. The Vision Himalaya Foundation that Thomas (Oertli Instrumente AG co-owner) mentioned. Thomas's TEDx talk: “Preventing Blindness - Bringing Light to the World” that I refered to in the introduction.