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Release: June 21, 2001
Doctor is honored for commitment to children
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- William E. Scott, M.D., vice-chairman of the University
of Iowa department of ophthalmology and visual sciences, will be honored Friday,
June 22 with the announcement of the creation of an endowed chair that bears
his name. The chair is being made possible by an anonymous gift of $1.6 million.
The annual Iowa Eye Association meeting will convene Friday, June 22 at the
UI Hospitals and Clinics. The meeting, attended by ophthalmologists from throughout
the country, is intended to advance eye care by bringing together a diverse
group of clinicians and researchers to discuss the latest discoveries and
treatments in the field.
A significant feature of this year's meeting will be the announcement of
the William E. Scott Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology.
"This generous gift will make it possible for the department to expand
its already renowned program in education and research for preventing blindness
in children," said Thomas Weingeist, Ph.D., M.D., professor and head
of the UI department of ophthalmology and visual sciences.
Scott was born and raised in Iowa City. As an undergraduate at the UI, he
was a member of the Hawkeye football team, representing the UI in the Rose
Bowl. After receiving his baccalaureate degree in 1959, and a master's in
physiology in 1962, Scott graduated from the UI College of Medicine in 1964.
As a member of the faculty of the UI College of Medicine, Scott has made
significant clinical, educational and research contributions. He is a prolific
writer in the fields of strabismus, neuro-muscular physiology, and acquired
and congenital abnormalities of eye movements. He is a founding member of
the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus. Scott
has emphasized the importance of combining clinical care and education with
his research, treating many children while simultaneously training the pediatric
ophthalmologists of tomorrow.
Scott is particularly instrumental in the "Coming to Your Senses"
project, an effort to screen children for hearing and vision loss, serving
as its medical director and a vocal proponent of its mission.
For his efforts, Scott has received many awards, including the American Academy
of Ophthalmology's Distinguished Service Award and its Honor Award, and the
American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology's Senior Honor Award. He
also has delivered the American Orthoptic Council's Richard G. Scobee Memorial
This lifelong Iowa resident will be honored for his dedication to protecting
the vision of children with the creation of the endowed chair that will bear
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