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Release: Sept. 12, 2006

Alward Honored As The Frederick C. Blodi Chair In Ophthalmology

Wallace Alward, M.D., professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at the University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, has been named to the Frederick C. Blodi Chair in Ophthalmology.

The chair is supported by an endowment established with gifts made through the UI Foundation by family, colleagues and friends of Frederick C. Blodi, M.D., as well as former residents and fellows who were taught by him. Blodi served as UI head of ophthalmology from 1967 to 1984 and helped educate nearly 120 residents and 170 fellows during his tenure.

Alward, a UI faculty member since 1987, is vice-chair of ophthalmology and visual sciences and director of the UI Glaucoma Service at UI Hospitals and Clinics. He also is a director of the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a nationally recognized expert in glaucoma. This blinding eye disease damages the optic nerve, which normally transmits visual information from the eye to the brain. Alward has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers on glaucoma and co-holds nine therapeutic and diagnostic patents. His commitment to teaching is extensive and includes two textbooks that were written primarily for residents.

"Dr. Blodi was a dedicated scientist, teacher and humanist, whose career exemplifies the high ideals of medicine and medical education. Dr. Alward will help carry out his legacy and continue to make this department one of the best places in the world to learn the art and science of ophthalmology," said Keith Carter, M.D., UI head and professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences. "We're delighted that Dr. Alward has earned this important recognition."

Alward earned a medical degree from Ohio State University. He completed a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Louisville, where he also served as chief resident in ophthalmology. He additionally completed a fellowship in glaucoma at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine.

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