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UC Physician Wins Top Prize at Cataract Surgery Competition

By Katie Pence
Published October 2008

Robert Osher, MD, professor of ophthalmology, has received the grand prize at the Olympics of Cataract Surgery in Berlin for an educational film he co-produced with his son, James, who will begin his residency at UC next July.

The annual competition, sponsored by the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, attracts cataract surgeons from around the world.

Osher was the only American surgeon to receive an award. The grand prize required four months of experimental surgery in cadaver eyes leading to an innovative surgical approach that Osher stated will be helpful to cataract surgeons and their patients worldwide.

“It is satisfying to receive international recognition for our research and clinical services,” he says.

Osher also won first prize at the American competition held in Chicago for his video and will receive “Best in Show” for his video as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in November.

Osher has designed many lenses, instruments and techniques used in contemporary cataract surgery and is known worldwide as a leader in cataract surgery.

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