Alan Sugar, M.D., a current member of the Eversight Medical Advisory Board, has been awarded the Cornea Society’s Castroviejo Medal, the highest honor given by the organization.
The medal, named in honor of Ramon Castroviejo, the father of modern cornea transplant surgery, is given each year to a member of the ophthalmic community who has made significant contributions to the field of cornea and anterior segment surgery. Last year, it went to Jonathan Lass, M.D., an Eversight Medical Director in Ohio.
Dr. Sugar is a professor and vice chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Michigan, and he has conducted pioneering research related to Fuchs’ dystrophy, new dry eye treatments and corneal transplantation. Along with his efforts at Eversight, Dr. Sugar works with the Eye Bank Association of America and is co-chair of the Institutional Review Board.
Eversight honored Dr. Sugar with the Founder’s Award, its highest distinction, in 2009.
“Dr. Sugar has led Eversight as a Board member, Medical Director, teacher and scientist throughout his distinguished career,” said Kevin Ross, Eversight President and CEO. “His dedication to eye banking and patient care inspires the people of Eversight to learn, to extend knowledge and to apply what we know, every day, to serve our communities. He has made a tremendous impact on the lives of his patients, their families, and a generation of professional colleagues. We’re profoundly grateful for his service.”
(Photo courtesy of the University of Michigan)