Oregon Ophthalmological Alumni Association
The Ophthalmology residency training program at the Casey Eye Institute is the direct extension of the residency program established by Kenneth Swan , M.D. at the University of Oregon Medical School in 1944-45. As such, it is the oldest Ophthalmology training program on the West Coast. The department has graduated 187 residents as of 2008, and at the present time admits 5 residents per year.
The OOAA holds a continuing medical education meeting each year in May or June to coincide with the completion of the training program by the graduating class of residents. In addition the OOAA holds an alumni brunch in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. This meeting takes place on the first Sunday of the AAO meeting. The OOAA supports the residency training program by providing each resident with the AAO’s Basic and Clinical Science Curriculum. At each annual meeting, the Edward N. McLean Community Service Award is given to the resident judged to have made particular contributions in Community Service during the course of his/her residency training.
Alum Honors Mentor With Donation
Not everyone is fortunate enough to have an opportunity to combine business and pleasure, but Thomas K. Moore, M.D., is one of the lucky ones. An avid sports fan, Moore is the ophthalmology consultant for the Michigan State University football team. He was an ophthalmology resident at Oregon Health & Science University from 1981 to 1984. “I’ve enjoyed working with the student athletes and giving back to my alma mater,” Moore says.
Moore considers his time at OHSU three of the best years of his life. In fact, Moore was so thankful to one of his faculty mentors at OHSU that he honored him with a donation to Casey Eye Institute, providing seed money to establish the Leonard Christensen, M.D., Lecture Series in Ophthalmic Pathology. “Dr. Christensen was a kind person who always treated the interns and residents as colleagues,” Moore says. The lecture series gives students and faculty a chance to learn from renowned visiting speakers.
Moore practices at Lansing Ophthalmology in East Lansing, Michigan, along with 13 other ophthalmologists and eight optometrists. His primary interest is in cataract and refractive surgery. Moore and his colleagues also work with medical students and residents. In addition to providing general eye care, Lansing Ophthalmology offers glasses to needy children in Lansing as well as medical and surgical care to people who cannot afford necessary services.