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  • David and Molly PyottJoin us as we honor ophthalmic leaders David and Molly Pyott, for their philanthropy and deeply held commitment to the ophthalmology community. David and Molly created the David & Molly Pyott Foundation whose mission is to teach and educate ophthalmologists worldwide to provide better eyecare, help disadvantaged youth secure employment, and improve care for disabled individuals. 

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    Who Are Our 2023 Honorees

    In pursuing their philanthropic endeavors, they both draw on their earlier professional experiences. Molly was a senior executive of California Healthcare Institute, a trade association for life sciences companies, universities, and research institutes. Today she serves on the Board of Directors and is Immediate Past Chair of the Southern California chapter of Easter Seals, America’s largest charity serving the disabled. David was Chairman and CEO of Allergan, Inc. for 17 years. During David’s tenure at Allergan, he was involved in several global eyecare charities. Today he continues this service as President of the Advisory Board of the Academy Foundation; Board Member of the Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation; Director of the Africa Eye Foundation supporting its Eye Hospital in Cameroon; and U.S. Hospitaller of the Order of St. John supporting the Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. 

    Learn More about Their Philanthropic Goals 

    Recently, in collaboration with Dr. Bruce Spivey and Jim Mazzo, David established the Ophthalmology Foundation whose goals are to educate and train ophthalmologists in low- and middle-income countries. David and Molly have dedicated their personal and Foundation resources and connections to train ophthalmologists and deliver eye care particularly in East Africa. Their partners in this work include Orbis International; Eye Corps; FOCUS; Rwanda Institute of Ophthalmology; LINKS program of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Kibuye Hope Eye Hospital in Burundi; Lion’s Aid Zambia; Peek Vision; Vision Catalyst Fund; and the College of Ophthalmology of Eastern, Central and Southern Africa. They have supported the University of Edinburgh to deliver an online clinical masters in ophthalmology (ChM) with several scholarships to cover tuition and IT access for ophthalmologists in low- and middle-income countries to further their postgraduate education. 

    How to Pay Tribute

    Make a gift in honor of the Pyotts by submitting an ad or personal message and photo to be featured in The Orbital 2023 commemorative tribute book. The deadline is Aug. 31
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