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I. Howard Fine, MD

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  • Recognition: 
    ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame

Dr. Fine did his undergraduate training at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his medical and ophthalmology training at the Boston University Medical Center. Specializing in cataract/IOL and refractive surgery, he has been in private practice for nearly 50 years in Eugene, Oregon. 

Dr. Fine is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, and a co-founder of the Oregon Eye Surgery Center. He has held several international leadership positions within organized medicine and ophthalmology. He has served as the president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the president of the International Intraocular Implant Club.

Dr. Fine is listed in all editions of Best Doctors in America®, in two editions of Marquis’ Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, and in the 2011-16 editions of Who’s Who in America.  He has received the ASCRS Innovator’s Medal, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Senior Honor Award and Kelman Lecture Award, the Maumenee Award from the Baylor/Welsh Cataract and Refractive Surgery Congress, the Rayner Medal from the United Kingdom and Ireland Societies for Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Brazilian Phaco Club Award, the Boston University School of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Oregon Health and Science University Meritorious Achievement Award, the Golden Orchid Award from the National Healthcare Group in Singapore, Ophthalmologist of the Millennium Medal from the International Academy for the Advances in Ophthalmology in India, the Strampelli Medal from the Italian Society of Ophthalmology, the Charles Kelman Medal from Videocataracttarefrattiva, in Milan, Italy, the Charles Kelman Medal from the Brazilian Society of Cataract and Implantation Surgery, the Binkhorst Medal from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Kelman Medal from the Hellenic (Greek) Society of Intraocular Implant and Refractive Surgery, the International Intraocular Implant Club Medal, and the Philip M. Corboy, MD, Memorial Award for Distinguished Service in Ophthalmology from the Hawaiian Eye Foundation.

In 1999, Dr. Fine was named one of the 25 most influential ophthalmologists of the 20th century by a vote of 16,000 ophthalmologists worldwide. Dr. Fine has been a visiting professor at 30 medical schools in the United States and abroad, and has delivered 25 named lectureships.

His research activities have led to new instruments and implants and he has innovated many surgical procedures including cortical cleaving hydrodissection, chip and flip, crack and flip, and choo-choo chop and flip phacoemulsification techniques, the temporal approach to cataract surgery and the self-sealing clear corneal incision.  Dr. Fine has contributed hundreds of publications to refereed medical journals and the medical press, written chapters and edited textbooks and surgical atlases, and lectured, taught and demonstrated live surgery extensively throughout the world.

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