Cornea Society to Present Roger F. Steinert, MD, with Prestigious Dohlman Award for Teaching Excellence

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The Cornea Society will bestow the Dohlman Award to University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) Irving H. Leopold Professor and ophthalmology chair, Roger F. Steinert, MD. Known for his textbook, “Cataract Surgery,” Dr. Steinert is the founding director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute and professor of biomedical engineering at UC Irvine.

The Cornea Society will bestow the Dohlman Award to University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) Irving H. Leopold Professor and ophthalmology chair, Roger F. Steinert, MD. Known for his textbook, “Cataract Surgery,” Dr. Steinert is the founding director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute and professor of biomedical engineering at UC Irvine.

The ASCRS Past President will receive the award—which recognizes a lifetime of teaching excellence and contributions to the field of cornea and external disease—on Friday, November 13 at the Fall Educational Symposium in Las Vegas (an event sponsored by the Cornea Society and the Eye Bank Association of America).

“Roger Steinert exemplifies who the Cornea Society wanted to honor with the Dohlman Award. I can think of no better person to receive it this year,” said Cornea Society President Christopher J. Rapuano, MD. “While he has done pioneering research in femtosecond laser-assisted corneal transplantation, he also taught a generation of trainees—and practicing cornea specialists, including myself—to perform this surgery. Dr. Steinert has been a true mentor to the profession, which is what this award is all about.”

Dr. Steinert was one of the first ophthalmologists to research the use of the excimer laser for corneal transplantation. His research interests include refractive surgery, corneal transplantation and cataract surgical technique. In addition to being named in “America’s Top Doctors,” “Becker’s ASCRS Review” and “Best Doctors in America,” Dr. Steinert has been honored with the following awards:

    2015 New England Ophthalmological Society (NEOS) Distinguished Achievement Award
    2012 Presidential Recognition Award (International Society of Refractive Surgery)
    2011 Poster of Interest Award (ASCRS)
    2010 Best of Faculty Research Award (UC Irvine)
    2010 Visionary Award (Foundation Fighting Blindness)
    2009 Secretariat Award (American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
    2009 Life Achievement Honor Award (AAO)
    2008 Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching (UC Irvine)

Dr. Steinert has enjoyed leadership positions in various ophthalmic organizations. He has chaired several committees at ASCRS, including the Industry Liaison, Program, and ASCRS Foundation committees—culminating in his term as ASCRS President from 2005 to 2006. Additionally, he has served as examiner of the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO), as board member of the International Society of Refractive Keratoplasty (ISRK), and as vice president of Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.

After earning his undergraduate and medical degrees from Harvard University and Harvard Medical School, respectively, Dr. Steinert completed his ophthalmic training at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles and sits on the editorial boards of four major, peer-reviewed journals.

More information about the Fall Educational Symposium can be found at FallSymposium.CorneaSociety.org. To view a list of past Dohlman Award winners, please visit CorneaSociety.org/dohlman-award.

The Cornea Society, founded in 1975, is an international society that promotes the exchange of information in cornea and external disease. With more than 700 members worldwide, the society fosters the exchange of information through scientific meetings, communications and the peer-reviewed journal, “Cornea: The Journal of Cornea and External Disease.” For more information, go to CorneaSociety.org or email info(at)corneasociety(dot)org.

The Dohlman Award recognizes a lifetime of teaching excellence and professional contributions to the field of cornea and external disease. Claes Dohlman, MD, PhD, the inaugural recipient and namesake of the award, is generally regarded as the founder of modern corneal science. Dr. Dohlman created the first formal corneal fellowship program in the United States at Schepens Eye Research Institute, Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston, where he trained hundreds of fellows, many of whom went on to become full professors. Dr. Dohlman’s commitment to teaching and education have inspired many of his students to leave a collective mark on the field of ophthalmology.

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