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. Marshall M. Parks
(Jul 6, 1918 – Jul 25, 2005)
💠Father of Paediatric Ophthalmology
🔹Parks had done his medical studies at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and graduated in 1943.
🔹He further studied paediatric ophthalmology under the guidance of his mentor Dr. Frank D. Costenbader, who was recognized as the World’s first paediatric ophthalmologist.
🔹Together they started the First fellowship training program for paediatric ophthalmology.
🔹Moreover, he was the founder of Children’s Eye Hospital in Washington D.C. and dedicated his life to improving the vision care of children.
🔹He was also a visionary leader who played the main role in the formation of American Association for Paediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
🔹As an innovator and pioneer, his seminal contributions are:
🔅Description of the monofixation syndrome.
🔅Diagnosis and treatment of strabismus and amblyopia.
🔅Benefit of very early strabismus surgery (by age of 1 year).
🔅Innovative surgical techniques for infantile cataract.
🔹Consequently, Dr. Parks was considered a driving force and a significant contributor to the development of paediatric ophthalmology and strabismus management.
🔹In addition, he published around 12 books and many scientific articles.
🔹Eventually, he was honoured for his devoted work with numerous awards including the American Ophthalmology Society and American Academy of Ophthalmology Laureate awards.
A Day to Commemorate…
A Man of Vision
Dr. Marshall M. Parks 🙏
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