April 26, 2012 (Westbury, NY) – On April 22, the Italian Community of St. Brigid honored Dr. Gerard D’Aversa for Community Service, specifically for his volunteer work on a medical mission trip to Ghana, West Africa in 2011. Dr. D’Aversa, an ophthalmologist with Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island (OCLI), and his daughter Jaclyn, spent ten days at the North Western Eye Clinic in Accra, Ghana, providing clinical care, vision screenings and implementing educational programs for children and adults. At the clinic, Dr. D’Aversa performed sight-restoring surgery and trained the clinic’s director, Dr. Michael Gyasi, how to perform modern cataract surgery using phacoemulsification. With the training he received from Dr. D’Aversa, Dr. Gyasi became the second doctor in the entire country who was able to perform modern cataract surgery, essentially changing the way medicine and cataract surgery are being performed in Ghana today.
Locally, Dr. D’Aversa, a partner with OCLI, has provided vision care to those in need through Eye Care America and RotaCare. OCLI is also longtime supporter and one of the top fundraisers in the country for the American Cancer Society’s “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Walk.
The Italian Community of St. Brigid assists in serving the needs of the more than 6,000 families registered with the Parish of St. Brigid as well as residents of the greater Westbury area. Each year the Italian Community of St. Brigid recognizes members of the community for their outstanding service in the areas of culture, community and church. Dr. D’Aversa received a Certificate of Recognition at the Annual Gala Italiano held on April 22 at the Sand Castle in Franklin Square. Dr. D’Aversa is a resident of Garden City.
About Dr. Gerard D’Aversa: Dr. D’Aversa is a Board Certified Ophthalmologist with vast experience in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. D’Aversa graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the State University of New York at Albany with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He graduated at the top of his class at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha, finished his residency in Ophthalmology at Long Island Jewish Medical Center and completed a fellowship in cornea and external disease at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville. Dr. D’Aversa has served as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He specializes in performing topical, sutureless, clear corneal cataract surgery; corneal transplants; and laser vision correction using the most technologically advanced flying spot excimer laser. Dr. D’Aversa’s accomplishments have been featured on television news reports, as well as being printed in the Daily News and Newsday. He has written numerous journal articles, authored a textbook chapter and has given frequent lectures locally and nationally. Dr. D’Aversa is a member of numerous professional societies including the following: American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, New York Ophthalmological Society, and a Fellow of American College of Surgeons.
About Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island
OCLI, one of the largest ophthalmology practices in the nation, consists of 24 eye doctors and specialists representing most subspecialties of ophthalmology and optometry in 9 locations throughout Long Island; in Rockville Centre, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, East Setauket, Manhasset, East Meadow, Port Jefferson, Inwood and Mineola. OCLI also has a research department that is involved in FDA studies to improve the treatment and diagnosing of ophthalmic diseases. For more information, please call 1-866-SEE-OCLI (1-866-733-6254) or visit http://www.ocli.net.
Sara Rietbroek, InfiniTech Public Relations