ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery has inducted many individuals into the Ophthalmology Hall of Fame—individuals whose contribution to the field have shaped the way modern ophthalmology is practiced. These pioneers laid the foundation for the use of lasers and intraocular lenses, developed and advanced the knowledge and treatment of glaucoma, trained thousands of ophthalmologists who practice throughout the world, and developed institutions that will continue ophthalmic research for years to come.

The Ophthalmology Hall of Fame was created by ASCRS in 1999 to honor pioneers in an ongoing celebration of their distinguished careers and contributions. The physicians selected for this honor are chosen by their peers—more than 30,000 ophthalmologists in the U.S. and abroad. We salute all those who supported, inspired, and carried on their work in the past and those who will do so in the future.

"If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants." Isaac Newton

Modern medical science largely represents the accretion of knowledge gained over the centuries. Every so often a truly gifted person comes along who, by genius, hard work, and exceptional talent makes a seminal contribution that measures progress in a giant stride. The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery established the Ophthalmology Hall of Fame in 1999 to recognize the contributions of those men and women whose life's work has been marked by such accomplishment. These pioneers laid the foundation for the use of lasers and intraocular lenses, developed and advanced the knowledge and treatment of glaucoma, trained thousands of ophthalmologists who practice throughout the world, and developed institutions that will continue ophthalmic research for years to come. Since its inception, more than 30 scientists and physicians have been so recognized.

Each year, at the ASCRS annual symposium, the Ophthalmology Hall of Fame Exhibit display's inventions, memorabilia, photographs, and other items representing the accomplishments. In 2014, the HOF Exhibit will be in Boston, MA during the meeting, April 25-29th. We urge you to take a break from your hectic schedule and take the time to contemplate where ophthalmology has come from, and perhaps glimpse where it will go as you view it standing on the shoulders of giants. Donate or loan an item to the Hall of Fame

The physicians selected for this honor are chosen by their peers—more than 30,000 ophthalmologists in the U.S. and abroad—from annual ballots of nominees. We salute all those who supported, inspired, and carried on their work in the past and those who will do so in the future.

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