Dr. Anya Gushchin’s involvement with the Himalayan Cataract Project began when she was a high school student and started an internship with HCP co-founder Dr. Geoff Tabin. Inspired by HCP’s work, Anya went on to receive her undergraduate degree at the University of Vermont where she spent time on a medical exchange to Cuba. She completed her medical education at the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in Global Health, doing medical outreach in Nepal, India, Honduras and Sicily. After finishing a general surgery internship and ophthalmology residency at the UPMC Eye and Ear Institute, Dr. Gushchin completed her fellowship in Ophthalmic Plastic and Orbital Reconstructive Surgery at Stanford. Dr. Gushchin then returned to work with HCP as the Moran International Fellow in 2014
Anya’s international fellowship with HCP took her to Nepal, Ghana, Ethiopia, and Papua New Guinea where she provided lectures on oculoplastics and hands-on skills transfer training for the local doctors and nurses. Dr. Gushchin is continuing her involvement with HCP by on-site training for oculoplastics fellows from Ethiopia and Ghana, as well as setting up a training site that will allow observership opportunities for the HCP combined fellowship training program in oculoplastic surgery.