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Curriculum Vitae (abbreviated)

College: University of Illinois - graduated in 3 years with B.A. in Chemistry

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon (Chemistry Honorary)
  • Phi Eta Sigma (Freshman Honorary)
  • Omega Beta Pi (Pre-Med Honorary)
  • Patton Award (for the outstanding pre-med student at the Univ. of Illinois)
  • Edmund J. James Scholar
  • Sachem (Univ. of Illinois Leadership Honorary)

Medical School: Northwestern University Medical School

  • Alpha Omega Alpha (Medical School Academic Honorary) award for the outstanding research paper by a student at Northwestern University Medical School)
  • Pi Kappa Epsilon (Medical School Service Honorary)

Internship: U.C.L.A. Hospitals and Medical Center

Residency: Ophthalmology - Northwestern University Medical School

Fellowships: Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

  • University of Alabama/Eye Foundation Hospital in conjunction with Alston Callahan, M.D. (one of the three founders of the oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery subspecialty)
  • Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary/Massachusetts General Hospital in conjunction with Charles Beyer, M.D.

Specialty Board Certification: American Board of Ophthalmology

Subspecialty Society Membership: American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Medical Societies (including positions held and awards received)

  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
    • Honor Award (for several decades of original research presentations and surgical courses taught at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology)
  • Pacific Coast Oto-Ophthalmological Society
    • Member Council of Directors
    • Assistant Program Chairman
    • Program Chairman
    • First Vice President
  • Pan American Association of Ophthalmology
  • Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology - Affiliate Member
  • Member - Northwestern University Department of Ophthalmology Alumni Association
  • Member - Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary/Harvard University Alumni Association
  • Member - U.C.L.A. Department of Ophthalmology Association
  • Member - Santa Barbara County Ophthalmology Society
    • Program Chairman
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • President

Academic Positions (past and present):

  • Kern Medical Center:
    • Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology
    • Director, Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service
  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
    • Vice Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology
    • Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology
  • U.C.L.A. Medical School Department of Ophthalmology
    • Assistant Professor
    • Associate Professor
    • Full Professor
    • Clinical Professor (since 1987)

Research (highlights)

  • Founded the Registry of Hereditary and Congenital Lesions of the Eye at Northwestern University's Children's Memorial Hospital.
  • Codified the clinical findings and surgical management of the syndrome of ptosis, blepharophimosis, epicanthus inversus, and telecanthus (subsequently known as Kohn - Romano syndrome and blepharophimosis syndrome).
  • Multidisciplinary study of ocular pemphigoid at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary.
  • Botulinum (i.e. oculinum, Botox) - one of the 50 original subinvestigators whose research and over 10,000 cases submitted - led to the initial FDA approval of Botox.
  • Developed and published (in journals and textbooks) a surgical technique in common use for the treatment of mechanical ectropion.
  • Developed and published (in journals and textbooks) a surgical technique in common use for the treatment of eyelid retraction.
  • Pioneered and published (in journals and textbooks) the diagnostic and treatment methods for the management of rhino-orbital mucormycosis.
  • Developed and was granted a U.S. patent for a unique surgical bandage.

Publications: 18 publications in refereed academic journals


  • Author of Textbook of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Published by Lea and Febiger (now Williams and Wilkins/Lippincott).
  • Published 15 chapters in various other medical textbooks.

National and International Presentations and Lectureships: 68



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