• Unsung Heroes

  • Ophthalmology has an abundance of unsung heroes who save sight, sometimes overcoming great challenges to deliver medical and surgical eye care. In 2020, the Academy is featuring stories about some of these heroes. Their colleagues nominated them for quietly serving the underserved, mentoring the next generation and sharing their skills with the world.

  • In 1986, when Martin Spencer, MD, signed up as a volunteer with the Seva Foundation to bring eye care to people in remote areas of the world, he was unsure what he, an ophthalmologist from Canada, had to offer.
    Many talk about the need to reduce disparities in health care, ophthalmologist Chasidy Singleton, MD, shows how the gap can be closed, one physician at a time.
    Persistence, diligence and commitment to patients animates everything Dr. Amod Gupta does, whether he’s building an eye care center or making a novel clinical discovery.
    For Judith Kirby, MD, ophthalmology is not just her profession, it’s her privilege.
    It takes a lot more than snow, rain, heat or gloom of night to deter the indefatigable Debra A. Goldstein, MD, from teaching.