Dr. Richard Abbott Takes International Bow

July 20, 2014

Internationally renowned ophthalmologist Richard Abbott, MD, was selected as the 2014 International Duke Elder medalist. Dr. Abbott, whose expertise is in corneal and external diseases of the eye, holds the Thomas W. Boyden Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology.

“I am humbled and deeply honored to receive this prestigious award,” says Dr. Abbott. “I would like to thank the UCSF Department of Ophthalmology and That Man May See for support that allows me to spend significant time on this international work.”

Friendship and Field Advancement

The Duke Elder medal is awarded every four years to one ophthalmologist whose leadership and teaching has contributed most to the development of international relations and friendship between ophthalmologists and who has advanced the field through contributions in writing and organization in ophthalmology. “My international colleagues and their patients provide the inspiration for my work,” says Dr. Abbott.

In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Abbott is recognized internationally for leadership in defining clinical practice guidelines, development of curricula for continuing clinician education, and ethics regarding eye care and eye surgery.

Dr. Abbott serves as chairman of the International Council of Ophthalmology Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee and as secretary for Global Alliances for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is also adjunct professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The medal was presented by International Council of Ophthalmology President Bruce E. Spivey, MD, during the World Ophthalmology Congress in Tokyo in April. Dr. Abbott delivered the Duke Elder oration in Birmingham, United Kingdom, at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress in May.

Adapted from a UCSF Blog by Juliana Bunim