OPHTHALMOLOGY: the branch of medicine concerned with the eye and its diseases


CORNEAL SURGERY: surgery performed on the clear covering of the eyeball (the cornea) to correct vision problems

Garth Taylor (29th Apr 1944 - 19th Nov 2005)

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Dr. Garth Taylor is perhaps the most internationally travelled eye surgeon as co-founder and Director of Canadian Surgical Eye Expeditions (CAN.SEE) and Vice President of ORBIS Canada. He is Chief of Opthalmology at Cornwall General Hospital and Associate Professor of Opthalmology at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada.

Garth Taylor was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica, on April 29th 1944. He attended St. James Boys’ Primary School and Cornwall College. He had always wanted to become a doctor and was an all-rounded student. As a boy scout, he lowered the Union Jack on Jamaica’s Independence Day (1962). He qualified in medicine from the University of the West Indies (UWI), Jamaica, in 1970 and practised there until 1971. He specialised in opthalmology at Civic Hospital, Ottowa, and Queen’s University. He pursued studies at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, USA in corneal surgery and external diseases. He worked at Cornwall General Hospital for 24 years.

Taylor conducted one hundred plus missions on ORBIS International’s DC-10 flying eye hospital since 1982. As Medical Director, he operated and trained surgeons to decrease cases of treatable blindness worldwide. He conducted 3,000 eye operations internationally with CAN.SEE. He held the Order of Distinction (Commander) of Jamaica and the Canadian Government’s Meritorious Service Medal. He advised children to mould their lives after mentors and cautions:”Don’t do something because you are trying to please someone. Do something you like- [but] do not hurt anyone in the process.” He died on November 19th, 2005.