Dr. Ells recognizes that the prevention of blindness is one of the most important and cost-effective health interventions that can be undertaken.
She is committed to sharing her expertise and experience in regions of the world that are striving to develop ophthalmology programs and provide educational opportunities for eye care providers, physicians, students and researchers. Dr. Ells has been invited as a visiting international professor in Guadalajara, Mexico, and provided instruction and symposiums in Shanghai and Beijing, China, Santiago, Chile and Bangalore, India. She also holds teaching workshops for physicians and nurses of Central and Latin and America and is Co-chair of the Childhood Blindness Subcommittee of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness in Latin America.
Dr. Ells is actively involved and a great supporter of KIDROP, The Karnataka Internet Assisted Diagnosis of Retinopathy of Prematurity, a flagship Tele-Ophthalmology Program initiated in in 2008 which provides Retinopathy of Prematurity screening for rural and semi-urban infants in 25 centres in southern India. KIDROP has trained technicians to screen infants in the peripheral centres (where no specialists exist) using the Retcam Shuttle, a Wide-Field-Digital Imaging device.