Clínica Oftalmológica del Caribe (COFCA) —a 64,583 ft2 (6,000 m2) facility in Barranquilla, Colombia covering an area of influence of almost 10 million— was founded in 1985, and it is one of the highest volume ophthalmology centers in Colombia and in Latin America. It has over 45 ophthalmology and optometry exam rooms, has treated over 800,000 patients and has performed over 120,000 surgeries over its 30-year history. COFCA is certified by INVIMA —Colombia's health regulatory agency— to conduct clinical research following ICH/GCP international standards.
COFCA currently performs about 340,000 annual consultations, —anterior segment and cornea, 64,000; pediatric, 47,000; oculoplastics, oncology and ocular surface, 43,000; retina and vitreous, 57,000; glaucoma, 129,000—. COFCA performs about 14,000 annual surgeries —anterior segment and cornea, 4,800; pediatric, 800; oculoplastics, oncology and ocular surface, 1,800; retina and vitreous, 1,100; glaucoma, 1,250.
COFCA was founded by Dr. Luis J. Escaf —a world renowned cornea and anterior segment ophthalmologist—, and has become one of the premier eye care facilities in the Caribbean and South America. It has a staff of 25 ophthalmologists and 10 optometrists, and many of them are leaders of academic societies and key opinion leaders in Colombia. COFCA is ISO 9001-2000 certified; it has obtained the prestigious Colombia’s National Administration Department for Science Technology and Innovation (Colciencias) research certification, and the rigorous national regulatory agency's (INVIMA) Good Clinical Practices certification for clinical research. COFCA is an internationally-recognized clinical research site and has conducted various epidemiological and clinical studies for sponsors in the US and Europe. It has received the 2014 Coomeva —a leading Colombian insurance company— award for entrepreneurship, Simon Bolivar University's award for best health provider in 2011, and the the 2014 Simon Bolivar University's award for research and innovation. It also received a sought-after Colciencias' grant for the research and development of a medical device in 2014.
COFCA has a 20-year old residency and fellowship program and has trained over 230 physicians and students —70 ophthalmologists; 60 cornea and anterior segment fellows; 100 student rotations— from all over Latin America and Europe. It also has an outstanding record of scientific publications.