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William F. Hoyt, MD

  • Presented: 
  • Recognition: 
    ASCRS Ophthalmology Hall of Fame

(B. 1926)

“His legacy to the world will be the fellows that he has trained, who have gone on to be teachers and leaders.”

Neil R. Miller, Chairman, Department of Neuro-Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute

As a faculty member of the University of California, San Francisco since 1958, William F. Hoyt, MD, has developed a world-renowned unit in the field of neuro ophthalmology at UCSF. He was among the first west coast ophthalmologists to investigate visual problems in neurologic disease.

Hoyt worked closely with Frank Walsh, MD, founder of the specialty of neuro-ophthalmology. Hoyt and Walsh co-authored a three-volume compendium, Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology. In addition, Hoyt has authored nearly 300 scientific papers and The Ocular Fundus in Neurologic Disease.

A renowned academic, Hoyt has trained more neuroophthalmology specialists than anyone in the world. Many of Hoyt’s former students hold prestigious positions throughout the U.S., Latin America, Europe, and Asia.

The many honors Hoyt has received throughout his career include scientific programs at the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society and the Royal College of Medicine, London. He is also the recipient of an honorary degree in medicine from the Karolinska, Stockholm, Sweden.