Forest Hill, MD (PRWEB) August 12, 2009
The Polakoff Foundation announces that two new members, Alan L. Robin, M.D. and Brian T. Woolf. O.D., have been appointed to its Board of Directors. Dr. Alan L. Robin is a highly acclaimed ophthalmologist specializing in the treatment of glaucoma and Dr. Brian T. Woolf is a third generation optometrist specializing in disease management, complex diagnoses and emergency care.
In addition to maintaining a private practice in offices throughout the region, Dr. Robin also serves an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the School of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins University as well as a Clinical Professor at the School of Medicine at The University of Maryland. Dr. Robin earned his B.A. degree from Yale University and underwent medical training at the Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts, Rochester General Hospital in Rochester, New York, The Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland and The Wilmer Institute at The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore where he was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Glaucoma. Dr. Robin volunteers his time to a multitude of activities, both locally and around the world. He is highly regarded in the international medical community and has published extensively. A complete CV for Dr. Robin is available upon request.
Dr. Brian Woolf has been an active member in Maryland's optometric community for many years. He currently serves as Vice President on the Board of the Anne Arundel County Optometric Society. Dr. Woolf has developed and presented a continuing education course for optometrists on new technology and practices in optometry. Dr. Woolf is a graduate of the Illinois College of Optometry where he was a member of the Gold Key International Optometric Honor Society. He is a candidate for Fellowship in the American Academy of Optometry and is a very active member of the Maryland Optometric Association.
Sam Polakoff, Chairman of the Board stated, "We are extremely proud to add two very prestigious members to our Board of Directors. Each of these men bring valuable experience and perspective to our efforts to eradicate glaucoma in high-risk populations."
The Polakoff Foundation is an all-volunteer, 501 (c)(3) non-profit corporation. The efforts of the foundation concentrate on providing education and preventative screening resources to high-risk patients and those who are newly diagnosed. The Polakoff Foundation also sponsors organizations that are performing research in the quest for a glaucoma cure.
Glaucoma is a set of eye diseases that affects nearly 70 million people worldwide and three million people in the United States. Glaucoma is called "The Silent Thief" as it often steals the victim's sight without any obvious warning signs. At present, sight lost to glaucoma can never be recovered. Glaucoma is the leading cause of preventable blindness in the United States.
For more information about The Polakoff Foundation, visit http://www.fightglaucoma.org or call 410-420-8132.