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Richard Abbott to receive ICO's Duke Elder International Gold Medal

Wednesday, 29 January, 2014 - 06:55
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The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the selection of Richard L. Abbott, MD, as the 2014 International Duke Elder medalist. The Duke Elder Medal is awarded every four years to an ophthalmologist who, by his/her distinction, leadership, and teaching, has contributed most to the development of international relations and friendship between ophthalmologists, and who has advanced the field by his/her contributions in writing and organization in ophthalmology.

The medal will be presented by Bruce E. Spivey, MD, MS, MEd, president of the ICO, during the opening ceremony of the 2014 World Ophthalmology Congress® of the ICO in Tokyo on April 2. Dr. Abbott will deliver the Duke Elder Oration in Birmingham, United Kingdom, on May 21 at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress.Richard L Abbot, MD, Duke Elder medal 2014 - ICO

Dr. Abbott is an internationally renowned ophthalmologist who treats patients with corneal and external diseases of the eye. In addition to research and teaching, Dr. Abbott is recognized internationally for leadership in the definition of clinical practice guidelines, development of cognitive knowledge modules, and ethics regarding eye care and eye surgery.

Dr. Abbott has authored or co-authored more than 90 publications and 32 book chapters and has delivered more than 700 invited lectures and 27 named lectures. He is a health science clinical professor of ophthalmology and holds the Thomas W. Boyden Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Abbott serves as chairman of the ICO Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee and as Secretary for Global Alliances for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

Dr. Abbott is a past member of the Board of Trustees of the ICO and past president of the AAO. Additionally, he has served as the president of both the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology and the Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation. He has been elected as a member of both the American Ophthalmological Society and Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis.

Dr. Abbott received his Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University in 1967 and his medical doctorate from the George Washington University School of Medicine in 1971. He completed his residency training in ophthalmology at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco in 1977 and a fellowship in corneal and external diseases at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami in 1978.

Sir Stuart Duke Elder (1898–1978) was a prolific writer and editor, producing seven volumes of the Textbook of Ophthalmology and 15 volumes of the System of Ophthalmology, along with many other textbooks and scientific papers that provided the educational foundation for most of the world's ophthalmologists. He was knighted in 1933 and subsequently earned many more honors, serving as the surgeon-oculist to King Edward VIII, George VI, and Queen Elizabeth II.

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