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Professor Sunil Shah nominated for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation Chang Humanitarian Award

31 Jan 2019 by Emily McCormick

Ophthalmologist and president of the British Contact Lens Association, Professor Sunil Shah has been recognised for his ongoing humanitarian work in Cambodia.

Professor Shah was nominated for The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Foundation Chang Humanitarian Award for his work as medical chair of the Khmer Sight Foundation (KSF).

The aim of the KSF is to restore the sight of people living in villages across Cambodia who cannot afford eye surgery.

The Chang Humanitarian Award is given annually to an individual or team in recognition of their charitable eye care accomplishments that focus on or include helping cataract-related blindness.

Speaking about the nomination, Professor Shah said: “It’s always nice to have your work recognised and to be nominated for this award was a real honour. This has been and continues to be a team effort and I want to thank my friends, colleagues and ex-students who have put so much into the Cambodia initiative.”

While Professor Shah was not selected as the overall recipient of the award this year, the nomination committee said it was “deeply impressed” by his efforts to improve the lives of others through voluntary work.

The committee said that the Certificate of Recognition that Professor Shah receives is “official recognition of your efforts above and beyond the call of duty of an ophthalmologist.”

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