Alan Sugar, M.D., earns Cornea Society’s highest honor

February 20, 2018  //  FOUND IN: Accolades and Milestones

The Cornea Society has awarded its highest honor, the Castroviejo Medal, to Alan Sugar, M.D., a professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center.

He is a co-chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRBMED), which oversees human subjects research for the University of Michigan Medical Center. He is also a past president of the Cornea Society.

“Dr. Sugar has pioneered research into every phase of corneal transplantation. His work has encompassed a dedication to eye banking, earning him the Paton Award, refining the art and practice of corneal transplantation and finally in playing a leading role in corneal transplantation outcomes research,” says Elmer Tu, M.D., cornea society president said in a news release. “No better example of his commitment and service to the field of cornea has been his exemplary performance as editor-in-chief of the Cornea Society’s journal, Cornea, which has continued to grow to be a showcase for all the world’s best research. The Board of Directors of the Cornea Society unanimously chose Dr. Alan Sugar as the 2018 recipient of the Castroviejo Medal.”

The medal, named in honor of Ramon Castroviejo, the father of modern corneal transplant surgery and the inspiration for the founding of the Cornea Society, is awarded annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of cornea and anterior segment surgery.

Sugar has been involved in clinical research on corneal transplantation, genetic features of Fuchs dystrophy, and new treatments for severely dry eyes. He is also involved with eye research through his work on the research committees of the Eye Bank Association of America and the Michigan Eye Bank.

The Kellogg leader will deliver the Castroviejo Lecture at the 2018 American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting in Chicago.