One of the Most Influential People in Ophthalmology Chosen to Receive Prestigious Binkhorst Medal, Present Lecture
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FAIRFAX, VA – (October 16, 2014) – Donald T.H. Tan, FRCS, will be awarded the prestigious Binkhorst Medal and present the accompanying lecture on Saturday, April 18, 2015, during the ASCRS Opening General Session in San Diego, California. The Binkhorst Medal has been awarded to the world’s most prominent ophthalmologists, whose careers have made significant contributions to the science and practice of ophthalmology, since 1975.
This year, Tan was ranked on The Ophthalmologist’s Power List of the 100 most influential people in ophthalmology and is founding president of the Asia Cornea Society. He was appointed The Cornea Society’s first international president in 2012, and is now the organizations immediate past president. In 2009, he formed the Association of Eye Banks of Asia (AEBA), dedicated to enhancing eye banking activities and standards in Asia.
Tan is among the pioneers of modern corneal lamellar surgery, currently serving as the Arthur Lim professor of ophthalmology at the Duke-National University of Singapore, Graduate Medical School and professor of ophthalmology at the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. In addition to his professorship, Tan is senior advisor of the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC), immediate-past medical director of SNEC and immediate-past chairman of the Singapore Eye Research Institute.
Tan is internationally recognized for his contributions to the areas of myopia, refractive surgery and cornea and external eye diseases—having made significant contributions in research and education over 20 years. Furthermore, he has developed new devices, instrumentation and procedures in the areas of deep anterior lamellar keratoplasty, endothelial keratoplasty, ocular surface transplantation and keratoprosthesis surgery.
Expanding the ability of others to perform deep anterior lamellar and endothelial keratoplasty, Tan has trained 30 international corneal fellows (from 13 countries) and over 90 corneal surgeons in the Asia-Pacific region. He also holds 13 patents; has published over 350 peer-reviewed articles and 20 book chapters; and has received over 20 international awards and named lectureships.
More information on the ASCRS•ASOA Symposium and Congress (held from Friday, April 17 to Tuesday, April 21, 2015) can be found at Annualmeeting.ascrs.org.
The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is an international, educational society with 9,000 members. Its mission is to advance the art and science of ophthalmic surgery and the knowledge and skills of ophthalmic surgeons by providing clinical and practice management education and by working with patients, government, and the medical community to promote the delivery and advancement of high-quality eye care. ASCRS.org
The Binkhorst Lecture and Medal was established by ASCRS to honor Cornelius D. Binkhorst for his pioneering work with intraocular lenses (IOLs). Each year since 1975, ASCRS has conferred the Binkhorst Medal on an individual whose career has made significant contributions to the science and practice of ophthalmology and established that person among the world’s most prominent ophthalmologists. Honorees, who present the Binkhorst lecture during the annual ASCRS Symposium on Cataract, IOL and Refractive Surgery, include some of the world’s most prominent pioneering surgeons.