D. Michael Colvard, MD
Philanthropy (from Greek φιλανθρωπία): The love of humanity, in the sense of caring, nourishing, developing, and enhancing what it means to be human.
Dr. D. Michael Colvard founded Colvard Learning out of concern for the low literacy statistics throughout the U.S. Born in a rural community to a poor farming family, Dr. Colvard’s goal is to provide early reading programs that will allow every child regardless of their zip code or circumstances an opportunity to become an accomplished reader. Dr. Colvard is also a multiple award-winning eye surgeon, professor, author, and philanthropist. He founded the charitable non-profit, Friends of Vision, in 1989. He has volunteered with SEE (Surgical Eye Expeditions) since 1997, and has just completed his 20th humanitarian expedition to the African village of Namibia where, over the years, he has restored sight to 5,000 men, women, and children, completely free of charge.

Out of concern for the impoverished children in Namibia--many of whom lost their parents in the AIDS epidemic--Dr. Colvard raised funds to assist them with their educational and nutritional needs. Colvard Learning first tested its edtech prototypes in the Namibian school. In Africa, English is essential to helping children rise out of abject poverty onto a path of higher learning and a living wage.

A dedicated philanthropist and educator, Dr. Colvard has received the SEE International Humanitarian Award, the “UCLA-Doheny Distinguished Alumnus Award," and the “Honor Award” from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, recognizing his lifetime contributions to teaching and to the advancement of the field of eye surgery.

Dr. Colvard's credentials also include:

· Director of Colvard Eye Center in Encino, California

· Clinical professor of ophthalmology at USC Keck School of Medicine

· Named to the Super Doctors® list and chosen by independent consumer groups as one of America’s Top Ophthalmologists.

· Author of the textbook, Achieving Excellence in Cataract Surgery

· Author of over 50 articles and papers in medical literature

· Editor of several medical journals

· Recipient of the prestigious "Honor Award and Senior Achievement Award" by the American Academy of Ophthalmology recognizing his lifetime contributions to teaching and scientific advancements in ophthalmology.

Colvard Learning is an EdTech Publisher of Early Literacy Interactive Apps Designed to Teach Reading via Phoneme and Phonics Awareness