Special Guest: Dr. Jacquelyn O’Banion

AGS Leadership Club welcomed guest speaker Dr. Jacquelyn O’Banion on Friday, September 21st. Dr. O’Banion is currently working as an assistant professor at Emory University in the Department of Ophthalmology. She received her MD from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, in 2009. Her residency in Ophthalmology (2013) and a Global Eye Care fellowship (2014) were completed at the University of Oklahoma. She most recently completed a Masters in Public Health, MSc, at the world-renowned London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2015). She has been to many poor areas in the world- including cities in Swaziland, India, China, and Ethiopia- to help uninsured people who suffer from eye problems. Her presentation to AGS students outlined the statistics of blind and visually impaired people here in Georgia, and what Grady Memorial Hospital is doing to help. The purpose of her visit was to inspire the Leadership Club with ways to help those who can’t afford healthcare in Atlanta, which is the basis of their service project that ties to their current Healthcare unit. In addition to hearing her inspiring speech, the club enjoyed a catered Chick-fil-a lunch with Dr. O’Banion as a group.