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David L. Epstein, distinguished scholar
David L. Epstein, MD, MMM, died March 4, 2014. He was the Joseph A.C. Wadsworth Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Duke University School of Medicine. A distinguished clinician-scientist, Dr. Epstein authored more than 230 scholarly papers and consulted in glaucoma clinical care while maintaining an active glaucoma research program. Dr. Epstein had a special interest in fostering physician-scientists’ careers in ophthalmology. He received many awards for his work including the 2013 Mildred Weisenfeld Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Clive H. Sell, vitreoretinal surgeon
Clive H. Sell, MD, died Jan. 5, 2014, at the age of 59. Dr. Sell always attempted to not only maintain the highest standards of medical practice, but to pay it forward through teaching and research. He helped to create the sole vitreoretinal fellowship in Arizona. His work ethic and clinical and surgical skills live on in his former fellows who practice around the United States.

David Eifrig, founder of UNC’s Department of Ophthalmology
David Eric Eifrig, MD, who founded the University of North Carolina School of Medicine’s Department of Ophthalmology, died Oct. 9, 2013. He was 78. Well-loved as an academic and clinician at UNC, Dr. Eifrig is best known for his dedication to his patients, especially those of lesser means. During one medical mission trip to Jamaica, he stood for nearly 14 hours without a break to treat patients who had waited for days to see him and his team. By the end of the day, most nurses and residents serving with him were too tired to stand. Each year the David E. Eifrig Ophthalmology Fund at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine brings to the campus a visiting lecturer who embodies Dr. Eifrig’s spirit of devotion to patients and a passion for helping research disease. The address is: David E. Eifrig Ophthalmology Fund through the Medical Foundation of North Carolina, 880 MLK Boulevard, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Jorge Camara, humanitarian
Jorge Camara, MD, died Aug. Aug. 28, 2013, at the age of 63. In 2002, Dr. Camara received the Academy's Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award for his service to indigent patients in Hawaii, where he provided free medical care to the homeless, uninsured and others who had fallen through the cracks, such as the elderly and new immigrants. Dr. Camara was also active with the Aloha Medical Mission, which provided free medical and surgical care to indigent patients in the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia and Bangladesh. In 2001, Dr. Camara received the Hawaii Medical Association's Physician of the Year Award; in 2012 he received the Academy's Achievement Award.