Sila Bal MD, MPH

Associate Scholar

  •  Clinical Fellow in Ophthalmology | Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  •  Ecuador | United States
  •   Eye care | Vision impairment

Languages: English (native), Turkish (fluent), Spanish (basic)

Bio statement

I was taught to see the world through a global perspective from a very young age and was fortunate to spend time working with NGOs during my undergraduate years. This soon translated into my passion for medicine and I continued to work with international groups during medical school. This background led to my pursuit of an MPH with a concentration in global health and I hope to continue working on global solutions to eye care through strengthening international partnerships and agenda setting.

Recent global health projects

Assessing vision and vision-related quality of life in recently resettled Syrian refugees in Philadelphia in order to better understand the unique eye care needs and provide improved eye care programs.

Medical outreach for remote regions of Ecuador and barriers to cataract care in Ecuadorian communities.

Selected publications

Bal S. Vision-related quality of life and access to eye care among recently resettled Syrian refugees in Philadelphia. J Glob Health Rep 2018; 2: e2018013.