Xinxin Zhang is a third-year student at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill. Her experiences with poverty as a child in both China and the United States exposed her to many treatable eye conditions at an early age and sparked her desire to serve. Ms. Zhang’s passion for ophthalmology was confirmed during a research project focused on bringing technological diagnostic advances to some of China’s poorest provinces, where high rates of preventable blindness occur primarily due to lack of screening opportunities. After spending last year researching dry eye disease and leading UNC’s student-run ophthalmology clinic, Ms. Zhang is committed to bringing ophthalmological innovation to the rural areas of the state she calls home upon the completion of her training.
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