Orbis’s MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital brings state of the art technology, training and teaching tools to local healthcare teams in low and middle-income countries so they can reverse and prevent blindness in their communities.

This panel discussion among Orbis leaders explores how this international non-profit organization makes a difference in the world, and explains what it took to convert an MD-10 freighter into the world’s only mobile, fully accredited Flying Eye Hospital.

The panelists include:

Bob Ranck, President and CEO of Orbis International

Ranck graduated from the USAF Academy and was commissioned in the Air Force in 1982. He went on to fly nine different aircraft throughout his career including the Boeing 707, B757, B737, Gulfstream V, DC-10. Bob has run organizations as large as 13,000 people, serving in the field, in combat, in the Embassy in Baghdad, and on the Air Staff and the Joint Staff.

Dr. Hunter Cherwek, MD, Deputy Chief of Clinical Services, Orbis International

Dr. Cherwek oversees all clinical activities at Orbis. He previously spent six years with Orbis as a staff ophthalmologist and medical director on board the DC-10 Flying Eye Hospital. He has now worked in over 22 countries and has specific career interests in preventable and treatable causes of blindness in low resource settings

Capt. Cyndhi Berwyn, Orbis Volunteer Pilot

Berwyn been a volunteer pilot with Orbis since 2012. She was a pilot in the US Air Force, and has been flying for 45 years with experience in gliders, single and multiengine aircraft, seaplanes, hot air balloons, and helicopters, amounting to over 10,000 hours of flight time.

Stacey MacNeil, Vice President, Communications, UTC Aerospace Systems

MacNeil provides executive direction and strategic management for communications programs to best position UTC Aerospace Systems with employees, customers and external partners. She will be the moderator of the Museum’s Orbis panel discussion.

FREE with Museum admission.

Orbis Flying Eye Hospital Tours
Self-guided public tours of the aircraft will be available July 28-29 and August 4-5.

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