Dr. Fraunfelder named to endowed professorship in Ophthalmology

Dr. FraunfelderRick Fraunfelder, M.D. '94, a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, has been named to the Martha and Eddie Peterson Endowed Professorship in Ophthalmology. This professorship was established from the proceeds of a trust created by Martha Peterson over 15 years ago. The gift has supported eye research, patient care (including indigent care), the purchase of research and other equipment and capital construction.

"During my medical training I spent time with Martha Petersen at her home and over many charitable functions," said Dr. Fraunfelder. "It is an honor to be part of her legacy of charity and furthering research at OHSU and the Casey Eye Institute."

Among Dr. Fraunfelder's specialties are cornea and external diseases, refractive surgery, ocular oncology, and pharmacology and toxicology. His research interests are in drug-induced ocular side effects, and ocular oncology.

A Portland Top Doc of 2012, Dr. Fraunfelder is involved with resident and fellowship training at OHSU and presents to the greater ophthalmology community nationally and internationally. He decided to become an eye surgeon because "I love helping people with eye disease—as eyesight is so precious."

Dr. Fraunfelder currently serves as director for cornea/external eye disease and refractive surgery and the director of the National Registry of Drug-induced Ocular Side Effects, the only database designed to gather data on ocular drug side effects.