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University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center
Publish Date: 11/15/05
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UC Receives $2 Million Gift to Benefit Pediatric Ophthalmology

The University of Cincinnati (UC) Academic Health Center has received a $2 million endowment to support research and education related to ophthalmic disorders of children.

The gift, from Ira A. Abrahamson Jr., MD, will establish the Ira A. Abrahamson, MD, Endowed Chair of Pediatric Ophthalmology (Abrahamson Chair) in UCís department of ophthalmology.

The Abrahamson Chair will be awarded to the director of the UC division of pediatric ophthalmology, who also will serve as director of pediatric ophthalmology at Cincinnati Childrenís Hospital Medical Center.

The UCĖCincinnati Childrenís programs work jointly in the diagnosis and treatment of retinoblastoma, the leading type of eye cancer in children.

ďThe Abrahamson Chair will link UCís department of ophthalmology even more closely than before with the division of pediatric ophthalmology at Cincinnati Childrenís,Ē said James Augsburger, MD, chair of the UC ophthalmology department. ďDr. Abrahamsonís new gift will ensure continued expansion of pediatric ophthalmology at both institutions and improved eye care for all children in our region. We are thankful for Dr. Abrahamsonís generosity and commitment.Ē

Dr. Abrahamson is a 1948 graduate of UC College of Medicine and an emeritus faculty member in the ophthalmology department.

Funds from the Abrahamson endowment will be used within the UC pediatric ophthalmology division and at the Abrahamson Pediatric Eye Institute at Cincinnati Childrenís, founded by Dr. Abrahamson in 1995.

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