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Nov. 10, 2003

UI Ophthalmologists Weingeist, Scott To Receive Awards

Two University of Iowa Health Care ophthalmologists will receive awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) at its annual meeting Nov. 13-19 in Anaheim, Calif.

Thomas A. Weingeist (left), Ph.D., M.D., professor and head, and William E. Scott (right), M.D., professor emeritus, in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences in the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics, are among the AAO's 2003 award recipients. Weingeist will receive a Life Achievement Award from the academy, and Scott will receive a Guest of Honor Award.

As head of ophthalmology at the UI since 1986, Weingeist leads one of the top academic programs in the United States for ophthalmic education, research and clinical care. He received his medical degree at the UI in 1972, and he also completed his medical residency and a fellowship in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous at the UI.

Weingeist has served the AAO in several capacities, including serving as AAO president in 2002 and senior secretary for clinical education from 1992-2001. Since 1994, he also has served as editor of EyeNet magazine, the publication for AAO members. Weingeist also is a past president of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, an organization representing more than 130 ophthalmology programs throughout the United States.

Scott, who earned his medical degree from the UI in 1964 and joined the faculty in 1971, founded the UI Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Clinic. He also served as vice-chair of the department from April 1995 until September 2001.

Scott is nationally recognized for his research and clinical work 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 and Weingeist were instrumental in launching "Coming to Your Senses," a program that screens children for vision and hearing loss, and Scott served as the program's medical director.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5135 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

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