Meet GSF New Research Fellows

Dr. Bruno Mendes de Faria

Beginning in February a new research fellow, Dr. Bruno Mendes de Faria began working with Wills Eye Glaucoma Service doctors. Dr. Mendes has completed a Residency and Glaucoma Fellowship at Hospital Do Olho Rio Preto in Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil where he trained under former Spaeth Fellow Dr. Daniela Monteiro de Barros. Dr. Mendes received his Medical Degree at Teresopolis University in Rio de Janeiro.

Bruno is a member of the Brazilian Council of Ophthalmology ...

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Dr. Spaeth’s Career Honored by Jefferson Medical College

Dr. George Spaeth was awarded Jefferson Medical College’s Career Educator Award at a ceremony at the Union League of Philadelphia on May 2, 2012. This award is granted to faculty members of Jefferson who have made outstanding contributions to education in academic medicine within their institution and to education in their field over their career. Dr. Spaeth certainly fits the bill, having worked tirelessly in his field since graduating from Harvard Medical School in 1959, and also having been a ...

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Change is closely related to learning new knowledge

By: Dr. George Spaeth

Change is closely related to learning new knowledge and then acting differently on the basis of knowing something not known before. “Knowledge is the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.” (Shakespeare) Change also occurs as a result of randomness – or seeming randomness. Consider the following possibility: On my way to work another commuter rushing to “make the light” crashes into the driver’s side of my car, crushing me, killing me, and altering not just my life ...

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The Glaucoma Service Foundation reaches out to Middle Schoolers to teach about eyes and eye care

Dr. George Spaeth volunteered to speak to students at Cook-Wissahickon elementary school on April 20, 2012. Addressing the 3rd, 4th, 7th, and 8th grades, Dr. Spaeth spoke about how the eye works, common eye diseases, and ways that the children could solve problems in their own lives. The children were particularly interested in a story that Dr. Spaeth told about an experience he had as a medical student.

While a student, Dr. Spaeth helped discover that a B vitamin deficiency was ...

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Honoring Dr. Patricia Bath

February was Black History Month. The Glaucoma Service Foundation would like to salute Patricia Bath for her contributions to ophthalmology. Bath is the first African American woman doctor to receive a patent for a medical purpose. Her Laserphaco Probe is used around the world to treat cataracts. The holder of four patents, she is also the founder of the American Institute for the Prevention of Blindness located in Los Angeles, California. 

Dr. Bath, through her research in the 1970s, found that ...

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To Life, L’Chayim!

This is the traditional toast used by Jewish people throughout the world during happy occasions and holidays. As I complete my third term as Chairman of the Glaucoma Service Foundation and ninth year as a board member, I wish to offer YOU our loyal readers a toast, to life. Your healthy vision is our main concern. Vision is only one of our senses, yet it has a profound effect on our every day life. Yet, there are people who survive ...

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