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Release: June 21, 2001

Doctor is honored for commitment to children

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- William E. Scott, M.D., vice-chairman of the University of Iowa department of ophthalmology and visual sciences, will be honored Friday, June 22 with the announcement of the creation of an endowed chair that bears his name. The chair is being made possible by an anonymous gift of $1.6 million.

The annual Iowa Eye Association meeting will convene Friday, June 22 at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. The meeting, attended by ophthalmologists from throughout the country, is intended to advance eye care by bringing together a diverse group of clinicians and researchers to discuss the latest discoveries and treatments in the field.

A significant feature of this year's meeting will be the announcement of the William E. Scott Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology.

"This generous gift will make it possible for the department to expand its already renowned program in education and research for preventing blindness in children," said Thomas Weingeist, Ph.D., M.D., professor and head of the UI department of ophthalmology and visual sciences.

Scott was born and raised in Iowa City. As an undergraduate at the UI, he was a member of the Hawkeye football team, representing the UI in the Rose Bowl. After receiving his baccalaureate degree in 1959, and a master's in physiology in 1962, Scott graduated from the UI College of Medicine in 1964.

As a member of the faculty of the UI College of Medicine, Scott has made significant clinical, educational and research contributions. He is a prolific writer in the fields of strabismus, neuro-muscular physiology, and acquired and congenital abnormalities of eye movements. He is a founding member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus. Scott has emphasized the importance of combining clinical care and education with his research, treating many children while simultaneously training the pediatric ophthalmologists of tomorrow.

Scott is particularly instrumental in the "Coming to Your Senses" project, an effort to screen children for hearing and vision loss, serving as its medical director and a vocal proponent of its mission.

For his efforts, Scott has received many awards, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Distinguished Service Award and its Honor Award, and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology's Senior Honor Award. He also has delivered the American Orthoptic Council's Richard G. Scobee Memorial Lecture.

This lifelong Iowa resident will be honored for his dedication to protecting the vision of children with the creation of the endowed chair that will bear his name.

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