In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the USC Department of Ophthalmology, the USC Roski Eye Institute hosted an academic symposium at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.
A capacity crowd of almost 400 eye care professionals participated in the event. Guests enjoyed a full day of presentation from all subspecialties of ophthalmology.
The full-day symposium was opened by USC President C.L. Max Nikias, PhD.
“The Department of Ophthalmology at USC quickly emerged as a trailblazer in research, innovation, training, and treatment. To my USC colleagues at the Department of Ophthalmology: congratulations on reaching this magnificent milestone,” says Nikias.
Other participants included Dean of Keck School of Medicine of USC Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, MVA, and Thomas E. Jackiewicz, MPH, senior vice president and CEO, Keck Medicine of USC. Local and senior vice president and CEO, Keck Medicine of USC. Local and international guests spoke at the event and received medals in recognition of their valuable contributions to vision research.
Stanley Chang, MD, the K.K. Tse and Ku Teh Ying Professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia University, was the recipient of the inaugural USC Roski Eye Institute Laureate Award.
The award represents the highest honor bestowed by the USC Roski Eye Institute on an individual in recognition of academic achievements in the preservation, protection and restoration of vision.
Chang was honored for his remarkable work and pioneering efforts in the field of vitreoretinal surgery and the impact of his contributions and his leadership in the US and around the world.