Passion and Dedication for Humanitarian Work
Dr. Dan Landmann is a strong believer in giving back to his community, both locally and internationally. He has volunteered his time at the Boston Food Bank, as a judge for High School Engineering competitions and as a surgeon in Guatemala. Because he was accepted to medical school at the age of 18, he was able to spend a significant amount of time at Tufts University giving back to the local community. He was even elected to be the President of the Volunteering Society and served on the commencement committee for the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service.
The organization that Dr. Landmann is most committed to is called Hospital de la Familia.
What is Hospital de la Familia?
Hospital de la Familia (HDLF) is an eye hospital located in a remote village in Guatemala. Every 3 months, teams of eye doctors volunteer to trek to Central America to perform vision restoring cataract surgery for patients who would otherwise never be able to see. Established in 1973, HDLF has been providing medical, surgical, pediatric, obstetric and hearing services to over 15,000 patients annually. Dr. Landman was first given the opportunity to work there during his residency. Since then, he has made it a priority to go back every year!
What We Do
Our primary focus in Guatemala is cataract surgery – because it is in high demand, readily curable, cost and time efficient. We provide high quality surgical care to patients who are “legally blind”. Even after years of blindness, patients can often obtain what would be considered ‘legal driving vision’ after a 45 minute surgery. Teams of nurses, doctors, technicians and translators are inspired by their desire to cure blindness in this developing country. The cost to the patient is nominal. Often, they give what they can afford.
Blindness caused by cataracts not only affects the individual who is taken out of the workforce, but also the patient’s caregiver, usually a young child who is taken out of school. It is easy to imagine the impact on the family and the community.
Give The Gift Of Vision
Please help us provide vital medical and surgical services to this impoverished region. All the nurses and physicians that travel to Guatemala pay for their own flights and volunteer their time. So essentially, all donations are used to pay for intra-ocular lenses, medical supplies, surgical instruments, eye glasses or glaucoma drops.
Your Donations Will Make a Difference
- $25 – Glaucoma drops
- $50 – Personalized eyeglasses
- $75 – Pterygium surgery for scarred cornea
- $100 – Specialized Cataract surgery
- $1000 – Sponsor a nurse or resident
If you are able to fund or donate a Surgical Microscope or autoclave, then please call 510-235-1121
Please feel free to ask Dr. Landmann or his staff if you would like to make a donation. You can also make a donation directly at www.hospitaldelafamilia.com