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    Kenneth Greenberg, MD, catalyst in development of excimer laser, dies

     

    “I first met Ken when I began using the VISX laser.  From the outset it was obvious that he knew the laser inside out, and he was a wonderful mentor.  Over the years, I worked closely with Ken and Marc Odrich as an investigator in VISX and AMO-VISX clinical trials and as an instructor in ASCRS and AAO symposia.  Every interaction was a learning event for me.  Ken had an amazing knowledge about excimer lasers, laser-tissue interactions, optics, wound healing…the list goes on.  He spoke clearly and had a wonderful way of making complex topics interesting and accessible.

    As a medical monitor, he was always available, and his oversight of clinical trials was superb.  He and Marc were clearly a major reason that AMO has been a leader in excimer laser technology. On a personal level, Ken had a wonderful warmth and sense of humor, and he had the highest integrity.  In a position where it would have been easy to sound “commercial,” he always told it straight—what worked or didn’t work, what he thought was right or wrong. He and Marc were always looking for the truth.

    We have lost a most wonderful teacher, scientist, physician, and friend to us and our profession.”

    -Douglas D. Koch, MD, Professor and Allen, Mosbacher, and Law Chair in Ophthalmology, Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

     

    “The news about Dr. Greenberg has been so sad and I keep thinking about all the wonderful meetings we have had with him and how much I learned over the years.  Dr. Greenberg was such an integral part of our team. He genuinely cared about our success and the technology we represented. He was a mentor, educator and brilliant ophthalmologist. One great memory of Dr. Greenberg was when we were last together he was talking about his kids. He was so proud of them and his enthusiasm for his family was tangible. I respected and admired that about him and he will be missed more than words can express.”

    -Camille Joseph, Application Support Manager, Abbott Medical Optics

     

    “I got to know Ken through the AMO Visx Physician training programme, and for me, he, together with Marc, was the programme. I frequently asked him for advice about complex cases and he was always forthcoming with sound practical advice.

    A kind, gentle and humble man who will be sorely missed and who leaves a big hole in our world of academic, yet practical, laser vision correction. I'm sure I speak for all the international physicians who have benefited immensely from his training.

    Our sincere condolences to his family and close friends  - may he rest in peace.”

    -Wayne Crewe-Brown, MD, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon

     

    “Like everyone I was shocked to learn about Ken. He was always so approachable, likeable and we shared so many ideas and times together. His passing is almost a crossing of the Rubicon where things have permanently changed. I will have a think about some amusing time, where laughter was the order of the day....”

    -Julian Stevens MRCP, FRCS, FRCOphth.DO, Consultant Ophthalmic Surgeon, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London

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    Jolie Higazi
    Jolie is the Content Specialist for Ophthalmology Times. She can be reached at jolie.higazi@advanstar.com.

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