The ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame was created by ASCRS in 1999 to honor pioneers in an ongoing celebration of their distinguished careers and contributions. The physicians selected for this honor are chosen by their peers—more than 30,000 ophthalmologists in the U.S. and abroad. We salute all those who supported, inspired, and carried on their work in the past and those who will do so in the future.
ASCRS has inducted many individuals into the ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame—individuals whose contribution to the field have shaped the way modern ophthalmology is practiced. These pioneers laid the foundation for the use of lasers and intraocular lenses, developed and advanced the knowledge and treatment of glaucoma, trained thousands of ophthalmologists who practice throughout the world, and developed institutions that will continue ophthalmic research for years to come.
Modern medical science largely represents the accretion of knowledge gained over the centuries. Every so often a truly gifted person comes along who, by genius, hard work, and exceptional talent makes a seminal contribution that measures progress in a giant stride. The ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame recognizes the contributions of those men and women whose life's work has been marked by such accomplishment. Since its inception, 55 scientists and physicians have been recognized.
The newly redesigned ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame Lounge will display inventions, memorabilia, photographs, and other items representing the accomplishments of our inductees. The ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame Lounge will be open from April 13–17, 2018 in Washington, DC during the ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress. We urge you to take a break from your hectic schedule and take the time to contemplate where ophthalmology has come from, and perhaps glimpse where it will go as you view it standing on the shoulders of giants.