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  • Dvorak-Theobold, Georgiana

    A zoomed-in black and white photograph of a woman sitting in a group of men. She is an older white woman wearing a houndstooth coat and a round black hat over her short hair. She sits between two older white men wearing suits, and she is making eye contact with the camera.Georgiana Dvorak-Theobold, MD (1884-1971) was an ophthalmic pathologist who spent her career at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, Chicago, starting in 1915. She was known for her careful observations and documentation of conditions, providing clinically relevant information. According to historians, one of her major areas of discovery was in pseudoexfoliation of the lens capsule. She was a charter member of the first national pathology club, established in 1947. Today, it is known as the Verhoeff-Zimmerman Society. In 1957, Dr. Dvorak-Theobold was the first woman to receive the Howe Medal from the American Ophthalmological Society. She is one of only four women who have been given that honor.