Ophthalmologist to receive humanitarian award

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted Sept. 6, 2004

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Peter R. Egbert, MD, will receive the Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology at a meeting Oct. 24 in New Orleans.

Dr. Egbert, a professor of ophthalmology at Stanford University, has provided ophthalmic care in more than 25 countries. He has participated in numerous teaching and humanitarian projects in diverse areas, including Haiti, Nepal and Afghanistan. His work has benefited at least half a million people in Ghana.

Working with International Aid's Christian Eye Ministry, Dr. Egbert helped establish the first eye clinic in Cape Coast, Ghana, in 1987, and three additional eye clinics since then. He has trained ophthalmologists and clinic staff members. His studies on cataract and glaucoma treatment in Ghana and other developing countries have influenced patient care in other regions of the world.

The humanitarian award is given to academy members who demonstrate a pattern of exceptional humanitarian service in the United States or abroad over several years.

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