Suresh R. Chandra, MD, receives the 1996 Humanitarian Service Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Chandra received the award for his humanitarian and charitable missions to third world countries with his foundation, Combat Blindness International.
John W. Doolittle, MD, and his sister Helen, bequest a gift that allows the department to recruit Dr. Burton Kushner, a noted pediatric ophthalmologist and researcher, to join the department.
Alice McPherson, MD, president of McPherson Associates of Houston, TX and founder of the Retina Research Foundation, is presented an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the UW.
Bradley M. Lemke, MD and Richard K. Dortzbach ,MD, receive the 1996 Research Award from the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) for their joint research paper the preceding year.
James C. Allen, MD, receives the Hands and Heart Award from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for his work at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital in Madison.
Guillermo de Venecia, MD, gives up full-time employment at the UW to spend six months of the year in the Philippines working at the Free Rural Eye Clinics (FREC) he established in 1979, along with Marta de Venecia, RN, his wife and FREC’s treasurer, to help patients in his homeland see.