Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Young Petia visits IEF from Bulgaria

"We don't have any ophthalmologists specializing in plastic surgery in Bulgaria, so this is fascinating for me to see" said young Petia Moutaftchieva, a medical student from Bulgaria. She is the grand-daughter of IEF's Bulgaria country representative Prof. Petja Vassileva, a distinguished ophthalmologist who also trains ophthalmologists in Sofia. This was her first time in the US. She visited IEF and was toured the private practice of Dr. Frank Ashburn and Dr. Paul Gavaris in Washington, DC. Petia observed two eyelid repairs performed by Dr. Gavaris and his daughter, Dr. Lauren Gavaris, at the Surgi-Center, "something I don't see very much in Bulgaria". A highlight was the tour of the National Library of Medicine on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD where Petia got a library card and looked up many scientific articles on Publine authored by her grandmother! She also viewed the very special room of ancient medical texts dating from before 1501 AD, the oldest being an Arabic text on digestive diseases dated 1049 AD. We hope young Petia follows in the footsteps of her distinguished grandmother and great-grandfather and becomes an ophthalmologist. Whatever she decides, she has a bright future!

Photos: Left: V Sheffield, Petia Moutaftchieva, Dr. Frank Ashburn
Right: Dr. Paul Gavaris, Petia, Dr. Lauren Gavaris

Victoria M. Sheffield
President & CEO

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