Frank B. Walsh, MD

  • Presented: 
    2000
  • Recognition: 
    ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame

(1895-1978)

“Dr. Walsh developed a body of knowledge, recorded that knowledge, and shared it in an organized and systematic fashion which has not been improved upon, even to this day.”
—Priscilla Perry, MD

Frank Walsh studied medicine in Canada and spent nine years in general practice there before becoming a resident in ophthalmology at the newly formed Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University. There, he organized and skillfully directed the famously stimulating Saturday morning conferences, attended by experts in neurology, neurosurgery, internal medicine, and ophthalmology. Walsh loved teaching and his students rewarded him with not only admiration, but true affection, according to those who knew him. Walsh’s legacy lives on in his giant red textbook, Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology, which was first issued in 1947 and can still be found on the bookshelves of most ophthalmologists. The textbook documents 50 years of Walsh’s observations, analysis, and cataloguing of diseases of the nervous system affecting the eyes. Walsh is regarded as a great man and a great educator, the father of modern neuro-ophthalmology.