Episode 15

Doing Good Is Good for Your Practice: Improve Morale and Grow the Bottomline

by Ophthalmology Business Academy | March 1, 2023

This episode features Dr. Cathleen McCabe, who provides valuable insights into the significance of charitable care in ophthalmology and how it can benefit your practice. Charitable care entails more than just offering medical treatments to those who cannot afford them. It is a transformative approach that can profoundly impact an individual’s life.

Dr. Cathleen McCabe is a highly respected figure in the field of ophthalmology, known for her practical demonstration of the advantages of charitable care in promoting community well-being locally and globally. In addition, her charitable efforts have positively impacted team commitment and job satisfaction. McCabe’s leadership in this area inspires others in the medical profession to embrace a similar approach to giving back.

If you consider incorporating charitable care into your medical practice, this episode offers a wealth of essential information. Dr. Cathleen McCabe shares practical advice and insights to guide you in implementing a successful charitable care program.


  • 00:01:01 – Dr. Cathleen shares her journey in ophthalmology, highlighting her passion for giving back to the community.
  • 00:03:28 – Numerous benefits that charitable care can bring to an ophthalmology practice
  • 00:05:57 – Finding the right balance of free care
  • 00:10:47 – How giving back can develop your practice
  • 00:13:01 – Naren shares valuable strategies for building a successful practice through charitable care
  • 00:14:27 – How charitable giving can create a deep sense of purpose and culture within a practice
  • 00:16:42 – How ophthalmologists can change one’s entire life – Dr.McCabe’s story with a patient
  • 00:19:20 – Impact of charitable care on the team
  • 00:22:57 – Giving back globally
  • 00:25:32 – Organization dedicated to international charitable missions
  • 00:27:37 – Other useful resources for charitable care
  • 00:29:05 – Dr. Mccabe’s charitable care program: sightforlife.org
  • 00:29:55 – Some inspiring final thoughts


Cathleen McCabe, MD

Chief Medical Officer of Eye Health America and Medical Director of The Eye Associates

Cathleen McCabe, MD serves as Chief Medical Officer at Eye Health America™. She is one of the foremost eye surgeons today, specializing in bladeless laser cataract surgery and LASIK at The Eye Associates in Sarasota, Florida. Dr. McCabe has performed over 50,000 cataract surgeries and more than 17,000 LASIK procedures. She has a keen interest in advancing the field of ophthalmology and has participated in numerous clinical trials, including innovations in intraocular lenses, perioperative medications, medications and devices to treat glaucoma, dry eye treatments and presbyopia correction.

Dr. McCabe continues to receive many prestigious and esteemed awards for her work in Ophthalmology, including being named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor – 2015 to 2021 for Ophthalmology. Castle Connolly also selected her for the first-ever Exceptional Women In Medicine Award for 2017 to 2020. She was named to the OSN Premier Surgeon 300 List, and the Premier Surgeon 250 List of Leading Innovators in Premium IOL Cataract Surgery. She was also chosen a LASERVISION Top 100 LASIK Surgeon, elected President of CEDARS/ASPEN-2017, has received the American Academy Achievement and Secretariat Awards, is the President of the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society, the chair of the Refractive Surgery Clinical Committee for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), serves on the governing board of ASCRS and serves on numerous editorial and subspecialty boards and committees. Dr. McCabe was most recently honored for being on the Global Top 100 Power list for 2021 and 2022. She has leadership positions in mentoring and international educational organizations, including YoungMDConnect, Global Education and Research Society in Ophthalmology, and serves as an advisor to many ophthalmology industry partners. She is passionate about giving back to her local community, profession and globally and participates in charitable giving and volunteer efforts both at home and abroad. She is a board member of several charitable foundations in ophthalmology, including One World Global Health/Sight for Life, OOSS Gives, and others. Dr. McCabe received her medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin and received her residency training at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami’s School of Medicine. She continues to share her expertise by publishing articles and book chapters as well as lecturing at national and international ophthalmological seminars.

Connect with Dr. Cathleen McCabe

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/in/cathleen-mccabe-144520b

Email: cmccabe13@hotmail.com 

Website: sightforlife.org


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