Episode 27

Universal Eye Health

by Ophthalmology Business Academy | May 24, 2023

“Universal eye health is not just a vision, but an achievable goal through collaborative efforts and a commitment to addressing disparities.”

In this engaging episode, we shine a spotlight on universal eye health and the global efforts to address inequities and disparities in eye care services. Our guest, Julibeth Alvarez, MD, an ophthalmologist and a compassionate leader in global eye health, shares her experiences, insights, challenges, and the essential qualities required to make a difference in global ophthalmology.

Drawing upon her extensive knowledge and expertise, Dr. Alvarez dives into the numerous obstacles that impede global access to eye care. She emphasizes the profound influence of limited resources, insufficient infrastructure, and socio-economic factors on the ocular health of individuals. Further, Dr. Alvarez underscores the importance of adaptability, cultural sensitivity, and a collaborative approach when engaging with diverse communities and healthcare systems.

Throughout the episode, Dr. Alvarez’s expertise shines through, offering a unique perspective on the global efforts to promote eye health and improve access to quality care for all. Her deep commitment to making a difference in the lives of individuals with visual impairments is genuinely inspiring, serving as a catalyst for change in the field of ophthalmology on a global scale.


  • 00:01:33 – Dr. Alvarez’s Journey in ophthalmology – A Walk-through 
  • 00:05:33 – Inspiration behind pursuing ophthalmology and interest in global work
  • 00:07:30 – Addressing inequities and disparities in eye care: Local and Global Efforts
  • 00:09:58 – Challenges in ophthalmology in low- and middle-income countries: organizational solutions
  • 00:12:19 – Inspiring success story in global ophthalmology
  • 00:13:51 – Navigating cultural differences and language barriers
  • 00:16:12 – Essential skills and qualities for healthcare professionals in global ophthalmology
  • 00:17:32 – Broad career impact of involvement in universal eye care
  • 00:19:00 – Getting Involved in Global Ophthalmology: Where to Start
  • 00:23:15 – Final remarks


Julibeth Alvarez, MD

Comprehensive Ophthalmologist
A Compassionate Leader in Global Ophthalmology

Dr. Julibeth Alvarez is an internationally trained ophthalmologist passionate about exceptional eye care. Born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela, she moved to Miami, FL, USA, in 2003 and has since established herself as a respected medical professional.

Dr. Alvarez earned her medical degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela, Escuela de Medicina Jose Maria Vargas 1997. Following her graduation, she worked as a General Practitioner in a rural area and completed an internship at a private clinic. Her dedication to ophthalmology led her to pursue further training at Hospital Dr. Domingo Luciani, where she completed her Ophthalmology Residency in 2000.

After achieving certification from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and passing the USMLE step, Dr. Alvarez undertook an internship at Hospital del Maestro. Subsequently, she obtained a restricted medical license and served as a General Practitioner in underserved areas for five years.

In August 2017, Dr. Alvarez obtained her full unrestricted medical license in Florida, which allowed her to refocus her career on ophthalmology. She pursued a year-long fellowship program at the esteemed Beraja Medical Institute, specializing as a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist. For the next five years, she provided exemplary eye care services at the clinic, gaining valuable experience and honing her skills.

Driven by a desire to expand her expertise, Dr. Alvarez took a leap of faith and applied for a second fellowship. She is in the final stages of completing a Global Ophthalmology Fellowship at Emory University, set to conclude in July of this year. Through this program, she has gained valuable insights and exposure to international ophthalmic practices, further enriching her abilities as a compassionate and knowledgeable eye specialist.

Connect with Julibeth Alvarez: linkedin.com/in/julibethalvarezmd754288166 


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