CME INDIA Presentation by ⚜ Dr. M. Gowri Sankar, MD, Senior Assistant Professor, Dept. of General Medicine, Government Medical College and ESI Hospital, Coimbatore.

Today’s History Feature:

Dr. J. Donald M. Gass

(Aug 2, 1928 – Feb 26, 2005)

💠Canadian-American Ophthalmologist

💠Father of Macular Diseases

His contributions…

🔸Donald Gass was born to a physician father and he studied medicine in Vanderbilt University School. Then he received his MD in 1957.

🔸After his studies, he began his career at Wilmer Eye Institute in Johns Hopkins Hospital. Thereupon he did his fellowship in ophthalmic pathology and joined as a faculty in Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Medical School.

🔸In 1972, he became a Professor of Ophthalmology. His distinguished approach made him effective in clinical research and teaching.

🔸In 1961, two medical students – Novotny and Alvis from Indiana University described and demonstrated the Retinal Fluorescein Angiography.

🔸Subsequently, Dr. Gass pioneered the utilization of Fluorescein Angiography and published his experience in the evaluation of retinal diseases.

🔸He was the first to describe many Macular Diseases and made significant contributions to Chorioretinal Diseases.

🔸Moreover, he published more than 280 scientific articles and a ground-breaking textbook “Stereoscopic Atlas of Macular Diseases: Diagnosis and Treatment.”

🔸In his book, he described around hundreds of eye diseases with illustrations, photographs and drawings. His enormous work has widely accepted as “Gass’s Atlas.

🔸His eponyms…

🔅 Irvine Gass Syndrome – Macular edema leads to visual impairment following cataract surgery.

🔅 Gass Classification of Macular Hole.

🔅 Gass Classification of Parafoveal Telangiectasia.

🔸Eventually, his ground-breaking work earned worldwide recognition. He is regarded as one of the most significant figures to emerge in ophthalmology in the last 100 years.

A Day to Commemorate

A Marvellous Clinical Acumen

Dr. J. Donald M. Gass 🙏

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