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Release: April 18, 2002
Wolfe Clinic Foundation
gift endows ophthalmology lecture series
A University of Iowa ophthalmology lecture series supported annually
for 30 years by the Wolfe Foundation of Marshalltown, Iowa, will now be endowed
permanently by that foundation's $100,000 gift to the UI Foundation.
next Wolfe Lecture on April 19 in Des Moines at a joint meeting of the Iowa
Academy of Ophthalmology, the UI Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences,
and the Iowa Medical Society will feature cataract specialist David Chang,
M.D., from the University of California-San Francisco.
Wolfe Foundation is affiliated with the Wolfe Clinics, ophthalmology and otolaryngology
centers located throughout Iowa and headquartered in Marshalltown. Wolfe Clinic
founder Otis R. Wolfe established the Wolfe Foundation in 1938 to support
lifetime ophthalmic education and to provide charitable eye care for the needy.
For the past 30 years, the Wolfe Foundation has provided financial support
for the Wolfe Lectureship, a forum to share clinical and research developments
regarding surgery and diseases of the eye.
are pleased to endow the Wolfe Lecture to guarantee the series' permanent
place in ophthalmic education," said Russell Watt, M.D., Wolfe Foundation
president. The high quality of the lectures and the encouraging feedback received
by directors of the Wolfe Foundation led them to ensure the continuation of
the lecture series, added Watt. With the assistance of the department of ophthalmology
and visual sciences in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine,
the Wolfe Lecture has featured more than 30 distinguished ophthalmologists
of national and international standing.
Weingeist, Ph.D., M.D., professor and head of the UI ophthalmology and visual
sciences department, said, "The Wolfe lecture is a highlight of our academic
year and is a wonderful opportunity for us to invite a distinguished ophthalmologist
to Iowa. Everyone we have invited has felt honored to be included on the list
of former speakers, and all remarked how pleased they are to see that so many
community ophthalmologists attend our conferences and participate in a meaningful
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