Moran Ophthalmologist, David J. Apple, Receives International Recognition

Moran Ophthalmologist, David J. Apple, Receives International Recognition

May 1, 2007 6:00 PM

Moran Ophthalmologist, David J. Apple, M.D. Inducted Into Prestigious Ophthalmology Hall of Fame



David J. Apple, M.D., Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology and Director of the David J. Apple Center for Ocular Biodevices at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah has been chosen by his peers out of more than 30,000 ophthalmologists in the U.S. and abroad to be inducted into the prestigious Ophthalmology Hall of Fame.

Originally created by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, (ASCRS) in 1999 to honor pioneers with an ongoing celebration of their distinguished careers and contributions in the subspecialties of cataract-IOL-refractive surgery, it has been expanded to include luminaries in all fields of ophthalmology and vision care. Since its inception, more than 30 living and deceased scientists and physicians have been inducted with retroactive acknowledgement of founding fathers since the 19th century. Dr. Apple, to date the youngest inductee to be so honored, is a world-renowned expert in the fields of clinical ophthalmology, ocular pathology, cataract surgery/intraocular lens (IOL) implantation and refractive surgery, including corneal and IOL types of refractive surgery, Excimer, PRK and LASIK research.

Dr. Apple said this about the award: "This honor is very special to me and I am grateful. I'm thankful for all those who have been so kind and helpful in my career, which has been interrupted periodically by illness."

The Society describes the Hall of Fame Award as follows: Modern medical science largely represents the accretion of knowledge gained over the centuries. Every so often a truly gifted person comes along who, by genius, hard work and exceptional talent, makes a seminal contribution that measures progress in a giant stride. The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery established the Ophthalmology Hall of Fame to recognize the contributions of those men and women whose life's work has been marked by such accomplishment.

Dr. Apple's career as an ophthalmologist and researcher is now uniquely distinguished by the fact that with this award he is now the only ophthalmologist to have received 1) the Binkhorst Lecture and Medal in 1988, 2) the Innovator's (Kelman) Award, 2005 and 3) induction into the Ophthalmology Hall of Fame. He is also the only American to have ever been selected to give the European Guest lecture at the highly respected Oxford Ophthalmological Congress, Oxford, U.K., 1998. Dr. Apple was named one of the 50 most influential doctors in his field by a poll of his peers in the U.S. in 2005.

The list of Dr. Apples' publications and lectures is truly remarkable. He has presented more than 938 scientific lectures, and 128 scientific posters, exhibits and videos. He has also authored 510 scientific publications, including 15 textbooks, 68 chapters in textbooks, and more than 366 journal articles in the refereed scientific literature. His classic textbook, Ocular Pathology, Clinical Applications and Self-Assessment, co-authored by Dr. Maurice Rabb, was first published in 1974. The fifth (1998) edition appeared in January 1998. In 2006 he completed a definitive biography of Sir Harold Ridley, the inventor of the intraocular lens. He has trained more than 200 research fellows in his laboratory over the past 25 years, as well as numerous residents and students.

For additional information please contact: Steve Brown, Communications Manager, Moran Eye Center, 801/587-7693, steven.brown@hsc.utah.edu.

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