UT Hamilton Eye Institute to Host Distiguished Visiting Professor

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The University Club will be the site of the Fifth Sir Harold Ridley Distinguished Visiting Professorship for Creativity and Innovation in Ophthalmology hosted by UTHSC’s Hamilton Eye Institute.

The University Club will be the site of the Fifth Sir Harold Ridley Distinguished Visiting Professorship for Creativity and Innovation in Ophthalmology hosted by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center’s Hamilton Eye Institute.

Randall J. Olson, MD, the John A. Moran Presidential Endowed Chair and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Utah, will receive the fifth Ridley Medal. The Ridley Distinguished Visiting Professorship was established in 2001 by Jerre Freeman, MD, and the Ridley Medal is presented annually to ophthalmologists who have demonstrated “creativity, innovation, perseverance and productivity” in their field.

Dr. Olson was selected because of his outstanding contributions as an internationally renowned scholar, lecturer and surgeon. He specializes in corneal and external eye disease and anterior segment disorders. The author of more than 200 professional publications and a worldwide lecturer, Dr. Olson focuses his research on dealing with intraocular lens complications, teleophthalmology and corneal transplantation techniques. In a peer survey conducted by “Ophthalmology Times” magazine, he was selected as one of the fifteen top experts in the field of cataract surgery in the United States.

Presenting the 2006 Ridley Lecture, Dr. Olson will address, “How Can We Make People See Like Mother Nature Intended?”