Pajka earns Alumni Service Award for humanitarian outreach

LIMA — Dr. John Pajka of Pajka Eye Center recently received the Alumni Service Award from the Medical Alumni Society.

Pajka, who practices in Lima, has a long tradition of humanitarian outreach, using his time off as an ophthalmologist in private practice to bring eye care to impoverished communities worldwide.

Since 1992, Pajka has traveled on more than 45 self-funded endeavors to 12 countries on four continents, bringing volunteer surgical teams and supplies to provide free cataract surgery to the blind in the developing world, while also helping train international eye surgeons. More than 5,000 blind patients have had their sight restored through these efforts.

A native of Cleveland, Pajka graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1986 and completed his ophthalmology residency at Ohio State four years later. He has been in private practice in Lima since 1990, specializing in cataract and refractive surgery. In 1997, Pajka and his wife established the Eye Surgery Center of Western Ohio, one of the first eye-specific surgery centers in western Ohio.

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