The Woll Family Speaker Series on Health, Spirituality and Religion

Date/Time: 
Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Location: 
Med Sci II, Room 3817
Dr. Cropsey and a medical student examine a patient at Kibuye.

Michigan Medicine is proud to host Dr. John Cropsey, MD, a UMMS alumnus who has devoted his career to improving eye health in Africa. Dr. Cropsey will give a talk entited "Broken Fangs, Wounded Healers: An Ancient Call for Justice and Mercy" as part of the Woll Family Speaker Series on Health, Spirituality and Religion.

Interested attendees should RSVP to Renee Hafner by December 4, 2017.

Dr. Cropsey earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan. He then went on to do his residency at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

During those many years of training in the US, John met others interested in working in Africa and a team of three, multi-specialty medical families formed.  Together, they moved their families to Africa in 2009 where John completed a two-year fellowship in global ophthalmology at Tenwek Hospital Eye Unit, Kenya, East Africa.

After two years of preparation, the team re-located to Burundi in 2013 where they have been developing the medical school’s teaching hospital, Kibuye Hope Hospital. John and his wife, Jessica, now leads a team of expatriates that number fifty strong at Kibuye.

As an ophthalmologist, Dr. Cropsey is one of only a few eye surgeons for the country’s nearly 12 million people. This requires his practice to care for all eye conditions and to provide effective, low-cost services to the rural poor. Dr. Cropsey has spent time studying at Tilganga Institute of Ophthalmology in Kathmundu, Nepal, as well as at Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India, in order to learn from their highly successful models.

For the 2017-2018 academic year, Dr. Cropsey has returned to the University of Michigan for a sabbatical.