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OHSU Names New Ophthalmology Chairman

04/03/06  Portland, Ore.

Oregon Health & Science University has named David J. Wilson, M.D., chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology in the OHSU School of Medicine.

Wilson has a long history with the Casey Eye Institute. In his 17 years on faculty in the Department of Ophthalmology, he has served as director of the ophthalmology residency program, the retina fellowship program and the Christensen Eye Pathology Laboratory. As department chairman, Wilson will oversee the Department of Ophthalmology and will provide the institutional leadership, and clinical and academic expertise to continue building a program of national prominence.

"I am honored to accept this position and look forward to continuing to strengthen the reputation for excellence this department has achieved," said Wilson.  "The OHSU Casey Eye Institute is one of the top eye institutes in the world. With the additional research and patient care facilities in the new Biomedical Research Building and the South Waterfront Center for Health & Healing dedicated to the Department of Ophthalmology, the opportunities for medical discoveries are enormous."

Wilson received his bachelor's in chemistry from Stanford University (Phi Beta Kappa) and his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine (Alpha Omega Alpha). He completed his residency in ophthalmology at OHSU, both a research fellowship and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, a Harvard University-affiliated fellowship program. Wilson specializes in ocular oncology.

The OHSU Department of Ophthalmology was founded in 1945. The Casey Eye Institute, named after the founders of United Parcel Service, opened on the OHSU Marquam Hill Campus in 1991. Casey is the seventh and final regional eye research center in the nation sponsored by Research to Prevent Blindness, the world's leading voluntary organization in support of eye research. The Casey Eye Institute has also benefited from the generosity of the Oregon State Elks Association. The Elks have provided generous support for more than 50 years, including funding the Elk's Children's Eye Clinic, and recently establishing the Oregon State Elks Research Laboratory for Pediatric Eye Research.

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