Hadassah professor who trained doctors in 38 countries accepts top award

Professor Pe’er established an ophthalmology department at a hospital in Kenya in the 1980s.

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October 30, 2018 08:11
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Professor Jacob Pe'er receiving ophthalmology award from  the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Professor Jacob Pe'er receiving ophthalmology award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Chicago on Sunday, October 28, 2018.. (photo credit: HADASSAH SPOKESPERSON)

 
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Professor Jacob Pe’er,  senior doctor and former director of Hadassah's ophthalmology department received a special international award in ophthalmology and blindness prevention from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Chicago on Sunday.

The prestigious prize, in its 27th year, is awarded annually to one person who had made a significant contribution to humanity. Professor Pe’er, who until recently, managed the Hadassah ophthalmology department for over 20 years was chosen for the award by the Academy’s Global Education and Outreach Committee.

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The Academy wrote that Professor Pe’er was chosen for his “significant world-embracing contribution to blindness prevention and vision rehabilitation due to his outstanding personal commitment and dedication, and for serving as a source of inspiration for other physicians around the world.”

“I receive this award with great pride both in my name and in the name of the wonderful Department of Ophthalmology at Hadassah. The Hadassah Ophthalmology Department has assisted developing countries since 1959, along with its significant clinical and academic research that has placed it at the forefront of ophthalmology” said Professor Pe’er.

Professor Pe’er himself established an ophthalmology department at a hospital in Kenya in the 1980s.

"The Ophthalmology Department of Hadassah and its students have provided treatment to millions of people in Israel and around the world,” continued Professor Pe’er. "We have established ophthalmology departments in Africa, and trained ophthalmologists from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe.

“For the past fifty years our ophthalmologists have known that they’re required to serve as ophthalmologists in Africa as part of Hadassah’s goal to improve eye care in those countries. "

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Next year, Hadassah's Department of Ophthalmology will mark one hundred years of contributions to the field since its founding. In addition to its extensive work in providing advanced and often breakthrough treatment in ophthalmology and in training generations of physicians, Hadassah has also trained eye doctors in developing countries since 1961.

Ophthalmologists from 38 countries around the world have been trained thanks to the special program that was managed by Professor Pe’er for the last 20 years.

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