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Publish Date: 10/21/09
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UC Ophthalmologist Receives 'Highest Honor' for Contributions to the Field

CINCINNATI—Robert Osher, MD, a professor in the department of ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati, will receive the Kelman Award for advancement in the field of cataract surgery.


It is the single highest honor in cataract surgery given by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)—the largest national membership association for eye physicians and surgeons. The award will be presented to Osher during the AAO’s annual meeting in San Francisco from Oct. 24-27.


Osher was honored previously with the American Innovator’s Award and the Binkhorst Award for his work in cataract and intraocular lens surgery from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is the only ophthalmologist to win all three awards, except for Charles Kelman, MD, the inventor of small incision cataract surgery.


“After 30 years in the field, I never expected anything like this,” he says. “I’ve had a windfall of unexpected honors. I work hard taking care of my cataract patients, and I love every minute of it.”


Osher, also medical director emeritus of the Cincinnati Eye Institute, has been listed as one of the Best Doctors in America since the first edition was published in 1992 and was listed in the Top 10 Cataract Surgeons in the United States in a survey conducted by Ophthalmology Times.


Osher has achieved worldwide recognition as a leader in cataract surgery and has designed many of the contemporary intraocular lenses and instruments commonly used, in addition to developing new techniques in this subspecialty.


Besides his interest in cataract surgery, Osher coaches youth baseball and basketball teams, has been the ophthalmic consultant for the Cincinnati Reds and has published 16 children's books to help raise money for local and national charities.


James Augsburger, MD, chair of the department of ophthalmology, says that this award speaks to Osher’s dedication to the field.


“Dr. Robert Osher is an exceptional ophthalmologist, innovator and teacher,” he says. “The University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Eye Institute are proud to claim his as one of our own. He has brought tremendous recognition to our program and Cincinnati ophthalmology.”

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