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May272013

NEI Pays Tribute to Doheny Eye Institute's Dr. Stephen J. Ryan

Image courtesy of Doheny Eye Institute
The National Eye Institute recently recognized the life and work of Stephen J. Ryan, former president of the Doheny Eye Insitute, who recently passed away after decades of work in the ophthalmic field.
NEI Director Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D. is quoted as saying: 
Steve was one of the giants of ophthalmology and, indeed, of medicine. He had a great impact in many dimensions, including his involvement in the early days of the formation of the NEI. Steve once told me that he would accompany Ed Maumenee in driving from Baltimore to Washington to visit congressional offices and to advocate that the nation should have a medical institute at the NIH with a focus on preserving and treating vision disorders. Steve had an eloquent voice and presentation, and I am sure that he held sway on those occasions. We owe Steve a debt of gratitude for his contribution in establishing NEI.
A wonderful tribute website has been set up in Mr. Ryan's memory. Guests may share their memories here as well.

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