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ForeverDuke Juan Batlle ’78, M.D. ’79 Beyond Duke Award:

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In 1972, Batlle arrived at Duke mentored by Batlle and to VISIONARY FOR LIFE with plans to become a doctor and receive critical eye care, such as then return home to the Dominican Republic. cataract surgery, that never before had been available. What he didn’t know was that thirteen years later, One of the most rewarding parts of Batlle’s job, the his plans would include starting a hospital for the doctor says, has been restoring the sight of hundreds poor that has revolutionized eye care for an entire of blind patients. country. “I have so many remarkable stories of people who have come to me either blind or on the verge of losing their sight and thanks to my training, experience, and the advancements we’ve made in the field, I’m able to restore their sight or prevent blindness,” he says. His journey as a leading ophthalmologist wouldn’t have happened without Duke, Batlle says, where he met Joseph A.C. Wadsworth—the driving force behind the Duke Eye Center—who became his “adopted father.” “He mentored me, and both he and his wife provided a great deal of encouragement and emotional support,” Batlle says. Batlle opened the doors of Elias Santana Hospital Today, Batlle lives in the Dominican Republic, in 1985, meeting with about twenty patients a week. where he remains involved in Elias Santana and Today, hundreds—including Dominican Republic teaches the next generation of ophthalmologists at President Danilo Medina—flock to the hospital to the Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo how to visit with twenty-eight faculty members trained and carry on the work he started. n

Charles A. Dukes Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service: Honoring alumni volunteers who serve in Duke leadership roles and have devoted themselves to extraordinary, long-term efforts that help Duke further its mission. Ross Arnold ’67, J.D. ’76 and Yum Arnold | Melissa Bernstein ’87 | Dan Dickinson ’83 | David Feldman ’80, M.D. ’84 | Virginia Lang B.S.N. ’67

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Fall 2017 Issue v. 3  
Fall 2017 Issue v. 3  

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