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Release: March 13, 2002
UI's Keech appointed to Scott Chair for education in pediatric ophthalmology
V. Keech, M.D., a professor in the University of Iowa department of ophthalmology
and visual sciences, has been appointed to the William E. Scott Chair for
Education in Pediatric Ophthalmology.
The Scott Chair was created last year by an anonymous gift of $1.6 million
made through the UI Foundation. The endowment honors William Scott, M.D.,
UI professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences, for his dedication in combining
clinical care and education with research.
Keech practiced in Oregon and taught at the University of Oregon Health
Science Center in Portland before joining the UI faculty in 1985. His research
interests include eye movement disorders, pediatric cataracts and vision assessment
for young children.
Through his appointment to the Scott Chair, Keech will use funds to promote
and strengthen the education of pediatric ophthalmology, a relatively underserved
area of ophthalmology, said Thomas Weingeist, Ph.D., M.D., UI professor and
head of ophthalmology and visual sciences.
"I am delighted that Dr. Keech agreed to accept this important chair,"
Weingeist said. "He will be a key player in helping us continue to expand
our patient care, research and faculty recruitment activities in our fight
against vision problems among children."
Keech earned his medical degree in 1974 from the University of California
at San Francisco and completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University
of Southern California. He also held a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology
at the UI.
"I am honored to accept this educational chair. Dr. Scott has long
been a true leader in the field," Keech said. "I look forward to
carrying on his legacy by providing the highest quality of education possible
in the field of pediatric ophthalmology."
Scott, who earned his medical degree from the UI in 1964 and joined the
faculty in 1971, founded and is service director of the UI Pediatric Ophthalmology
and Adult Strabismus Clinic. He served as vice-chair of the department from
April 1995 until September 2001.
He is a nationally recognized researcher in strabismus (eye muscle imbalances),
amblyopia (lazy eye) and other eye muscle conditions that can cause considerable
functional and social problems for affected people. In addition, Scott was
instrumental in launching "Coming to Your Senses," a program that
screens children for vision and hearing loss, and has served as the program's
A symposium honoring Scott will be held during the 2002 Iowa Eye Association
Annual Meeting June 13 to 15. Scott plans to retire in July 2002 but will
continue teaching in an emeritus role.
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