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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.
Stephen J. Ryan, one of ophthalmology's greatest achievers
Stephen J. Ryan, MD, died April 29, 2013. During a career spanning more than four decades, Dr. Ryan’s accomplishments included president of the Doheny Eye Institute; president of the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research; leadership in the Institute of Medicine; and member of the board of trustees of Johns Hopkins University. In 2012, the Academy bestowed upon him its highest award — the Laureate Award.
"In Steve Ryan, ophthalmology the world over has lost one its greatest achievers and most prestigious talents. He helped build one of the most significant institutes in ophthalmology and was one of our greatest scientists, clinicians and strategic leaders. The ripples from his work will last generations," said David W. Parke II, Academy CEO.
Lorenz E. Zimmerman, founder of modern ophthalmic pathology
Lorenz E. Zimmerman, MD, died March 16, 2013, after a respiratory illness. He was 92. A recipient of the Academy's 2006 Laureate Award, Dr. Zimmerman is recognized as the founder of modern ophthalmic pathology. After rising to chair of the department of ophthalmic pathology at Walter Reed's Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, where he went on to spend half a century. A prolific author and teacher, he is the namesake of the Lorenz E. Zimmerman lecture given at the Annual Meeting.
John Scott, a pioneering retinal surgeon
Dr. John Scott, who taught at Cambridge, died earlier this year. He made major contributions to techniques of vitreoretinal surgery—particularly as they pertained to complex retinal detachments with the use of silicone oil. He described these and other techniques in his influential book Surgery for Retinal and Vitreous Disease.
Joseph Colin, a world leader in refractive surgery
Joseph Colin, MD, a world leader in the field of refractive surgery, died Feb. 23, 2013, after a battle with cancer. He was 63. Dr. Colin held numerous leadership positions at the time of his death, including the ophthalmology department chair at the Bordeaux University Medical School in France. He was also a member of the International Society of Refractive Surgery Executive Committee and Journal of Refractive Surgery editorial board. Dr. Colin received the ISRS Lans Award and the Academy’s Honor and Senior Achievement awards.
Leonard Apt, pioneering pediatric ophthalmologist
Leonard Apt, MD, died Feb. 1, 2013, after a brief illness. He was 90. One of the founders of the Jules Stein Eye Institute, Dr. Apt established the pediatric ophthalmology division at UCLA, the first of its kind at any U.S. medical school, and was the first physician board certified in both pediatrics and ophthalmology. With Sherwin Isenberg, MD, Dr. Apt also helped introduce the now-standard antimicrobial use of povidone-iodone on the surface of the eye, an innovation that reduced post-surgical eye infections.