BOSTON (July 09, 2008) - The New England Eye Center (NEEC) Department of Ophthalmology at the Tufts University School of Medicine is pleased to announce that Drs. Dinorah and Leonardo Castro from Sao Paolo, Brazil, are the recipients of RSI (Restoring Sight International, Inc.) sponsorship for their Research and Observer Fellowships at the New England Eye Center of Tufts Medical Center. Husband and wife, they met at the Federal University of Sao Paolo and have been married for 1½ years.
Both Dinorah and Leonardo received their medical degrees from the Federal University of Sao Paolo, graduating just a year apart. That didn’t stop their love from blossoming into marriage and they came to the United States for further study in the field of ophthalmology. Dinorah is specializing in glaucoma while Leonardo is concentrating in the retina and vitreous area. Upon completion of their fellowships, they will be returning to Sao Paolo where they are committed to providing a certain amount of pro bono service for the needy population in their home country.
Dinorah Piacentini Engel Castro comes from a medical family. Her father is an ophthalmologist while her mother and older sister are involved in dermatology. Her older brother and younger sister are dentists.
Text Box: (L to R) Felipe I. Tolentino, M.D., Roland E. Houle, M.D., Drs. Dinorah and Leonardo Castro., Jay S. Duker, M.D., Elias Reichel, M.D
Leonardo Cunha Castro has a family history involved in diagnostic medical equipment. He was actually born in Boston while his parents were students at MIT. The family returned to Brazil in 1981 and Leonardo has 1 younger brother and 1 younger sister.
A generous bequest from the Trust of the late James and Rita Chambos made it possible for RSI to offer these fellowships. The Chambos were long time grateful patients of Dr. Felipe I. Tolentino, founder of RSI.
RSI’s (Restoring Sight International, Inc.) mission is that, “No one should be needlessly blind”. The first recipient of an RSI Fellowship came from the Philippines and the second from Israel. Both have served their fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston. RSI is a non-profit, charitable corporation headquartered in Boston with a large presence in the Philippines since its founder, New England Eye Center’s Dr. Felipe Tolentino, was born there. Even though Dr. Tolentino is an U.S. citizen with strong affection for his adopted country, he nevertheless recognized the tremendous need among his homeland population for modern, technologically sound eye health care.
A doctor of boundless energy and enthusiasm for his organization’s mission, Dr. Tolentino travels regularly to the Philippines and other countries as well as here in the United States, constantly seeking and encouraging others to participate in RSI’s efforts.
The Board of Trustees of RSI includes representatives from several states here as well as Spain and the Philippines. Part of the success that RSI has achieved to date is due to “partnering” with other organizations where such opportunities exist and the “fit” is right. In Boston, RSI has partnered with Children’s Hospital and the Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester and annually sponsors a school nurse program to provide basic and current information and education helpful to the nurses in the management of childhood eye problems and accidents. In Asia, RSI partners with the Asian Eye Institute and the Ophthalmological Foundation of the Philippines (OFPHIL).
For those interested in learning more about RSI, please visit the website: http://www.restoringsight.org or send a stamped self-addressed envelope to RSI, P.O. Box 692457, Quincy, MA 02269.
New England Eye Center is affiliated with the Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine. New England Eye Center is the Ophthalmology Department for the Tufts University School of Medicine. New England Eye Center is a leading academic teaching and research hospital and trains physicians from all over the world each year. New England Eye Center offers a full range of comprehensive ophthalmology including treatments for cataracts, glaucoma, macular degeneration, pediatric ophthalmology, laser vision correction and aesthetic surgery.