Two Luminaries in Ophthalmology Named Honored Guests at the ASCRS-ASOA Symposium and Congress
Two Luminaries in the Field of Ophthalmology Named Honored Guests at the 2014 Annual ASCRS-ASOA Symposium and Congress in Boston
Two physicians who have made significant contributions to the field of ophthalmology will receive the Honored Guest Award at the 2014 ASCRS-ASOA Annual Symposium and Congress April 25-29, 2013, in Boston.
Dr. Keiki Mehta, a leading ophthalmic surgeon in India, and Dr.Philip Hessburg, of Minnesota, one of the country’s most respected ophthalmologic experts, will be this year’s Honored Guests. Both will be recognized at the Opening General Session at the annual meeting.
Dr. Keiki Mehta, a prolific teacher and clinician, is one of India’s top eye surgeons and a pioneer in cataract and refractive surgery in the region.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Mehta conducts free eye camps nationwide, is chairman of the Low Vision Centre at Maharashtra, and runs a 25-bed, free eye hospital in a rural area of Karjat. Dr. Mehta is currently Medical Director and Chief of Surgery for the Mehta International Eye Institute and Colaba Eye Hospital, which he founded and which is now considered to be Asia’s most advanced ophthalmic institute. He also holds a professorship at the D. Y. Patil Medical College and Hospital in Mumbai and serves as Chairman and Organizing secretary of the EyeAdvance Congresses.
Over the course of his long and distinguished career, Dr. Mehta performed the first intraocular implant and the first LASIK procedure in India and has earned a reputation as the “Father of Indian Phacoemulsification” for his efforts in that field. Dr. Mehta has also operated live on Video Cataracta, Europe’s largest live surgery conference, held in Milan, Italy.
Dr. Mehta’s numerous awards include the American Implant Society’s prestigious Appreciation Award for creation of the first soft intraocular lens implant, and the National Eye Research Foundation’s Grand Honors Award for ophthalmology research, the only Indian ever to receive the award.
Dr.Philip Hessburg, of Minnesota, is one of the country’s most respected ophthalmologic experts. Dr. Hessburg graduated from St. John’s University, in Collegeville, Minnesota, and Marquette University School of Medicine. Following his internship, Dr. Hessburg served as a Flight Surgeon in the United States Air Force before completing a four-year residency in ophthalmology at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.
Dr. Hessburg’s career has served as a sterling example of leadership through service, as evidenced by his commitment to numerous professional organizations, including serving as an associate examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology, president of the Michigan Ophthalmological Society, and two full terms on the Council of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has been or is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society, the Welsh Cataract Congress, and the American Intraocular Implant Society.
The long list of awards presented to Dr. Hessburg include the Secretariat Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Board of Trustees in 2004, its Senior Achievement Award in 2006, and the Statesmanship Award of the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.
In 1985, Dr Hessburg was the AIOIS representative defending its members before the “Big Cutter” hearings in the U.S. Senate Committee Hearings of Senator Pepper of Florida. Dr. Hessburg was founder and board chairman of Health Applications Network and of Mediventures Inc., and is past President of Medical Eye Services of Michigan. He has published more than 50 scientific papers and numerous book chapters, and he invented the Hessburg anterior chamber intraocular lens, the Hessburg/Barron corneal trephine, and the Hessburg subpalpebral lavage system.
Dr. Hessburg was founder and volunteer president of the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, a nonprofit corporation dedicated to ophthalmic education, research and aid to the visually impaired. He is currently the medical director for the institute and for Henry Ford Health System’s division of Education and Research. Although he retired in December 2005 from active ophthalmic practice at Grosse Pointe Ophthalmology/Henry Ford Health System he was asked to rejoin the Senior Staff of the Department of Ophthalmology in June 2012 at the time of the merger of the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology and the Henry Ford Health System.