Tomas Andersen, MD, MPH

Associate Scholar

  •  Resident Physician | University of Pennsylvania
  •  Botswana | United States
  •   Eye care | Preventable Blindness | Vision impairment

Languages: Icelandic (fluent), German (advanced), Spanish (basic), Arabic (basic)

Bio statement

Tomas Andersen is a medical intern at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. He pursued public health training during medical school to combine his long-standing interest in community engagement with his clinical interest in ophthalmology. For his MPH capstone project, he created a survey to screen for vision-related quality of life in homeless populations. Dr Andersen also spent two months in Botswana with the local leadership team of an eye health organization called Peek Vision, focusing on visual acuity screening for schoolchildren. He hopes to continue to work with organizations locally and internationally to develop interventions to address preventable blindness.

Recent global health projects

  1. Creation and validation of a survey to assess vision-related quality of life for homeless populations.
  2. Peek Vision smartphone application for visual acuity screening in schoolchildren in Botswana.

Selected publications

Andersen, T., Jeremiah, M., Thamane, K., Littman-Quinn, R., Dikai, Z., Kovarik, C., & Ndlovu, K. (2019). Implementing a School Vision Screening Program in Botswana Using Smartphone Technology. Telemedicine and E-Health, doi:10.1089/tmj.2018.0213