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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 15, 2004

UI Names Neuro-Ophthalmology Clinic In Physician's Honor

Leaders of the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences today honored H. Stanley Thompson, M.D., during a special dedication ceremony for its newly named neuro-ophthalmology clinic.

Officials installed the new signage for the H. Stanley Thompson Neuro-Ophthalmology Clinic during the monthly clinical conference meeting at UI Hospitals and Clinics.

"Dr. Thompson is internationally recognized and one of the leading figures in the history of neuro-ophthalmology," said Thomas A. Weingeist, Ph.D., M.D., professor and head of the UI Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. "His record of service and dedication to the University of Iowa more than warrants this recognition for his contributions to ophthalmology and medicine."

Thompson began his career at the UI in 1968 and became professor emeritus in 1997 upon his retirement. Along with one of his protégés, Randy Kardon, M.D., Thompson developed advanced infrared technology for monitoring pupillary responses of the eyes.

"I was very fortunate to have Dr. Thompson as my mentor because it gave me an opportunity to learn from one of the best," Kardon said. "He is an outstanding educator, researcher and physician who always tried to do the most for his patients and students."

Thompson graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Medicine in 1961. He served an internship at the UI from 1961 to 1962, followed by a pre-residency fellowship at Columbia P & S in 1962, a residency at the UI from 1962 until 1966, and a fellowship at the University of California-San Francisco from 1966 to 1967.

Thompson earned his board certification in 1967, and served as director of the American Board of Ophthalmology from 1989 to 1995, and as the board's chairman in 1996. His research interests include the history of ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology (especially of the autonomic nervous system) and the clinical evaluation of optic nerve function. He is the author of numerous scientific articles and books.

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