J. Donald M. Gass, MD

  • Presented: 
    1999
  • Recognition: 
    ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame

“I want to congratulate him . . . because of his work, because of his outstanding teaching, and because of his clinical application. Many of us have learned a great deal from Don Gass.”
—Spencer P. Thornton, MD, outgoing president of ASCRS

Donald Gass came to the field of medicine almost by accident, but his contributions to ophthalmology have been vast. After receiving his medical degree from Vanderbilt University in 1957 and completing residencies in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Gass became very excited about combining his interest in pathology with new techniques for viewing the fundus with the fundus camera and fluorescein angiography. He is well known for his research on diseases of the retina, macula and uvea, much of which was done in Miami. Gass continues to practice and is professor of ophthalmology at both the University of Miami School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University in Nashville.