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

     

    “I first met Ken with the first approvals of the VISX laser back in 1994-1995.  We had the opportunity to work together training physicians on the use of this exciting new technology.  As the years rolled by we continued to train physicians and the time I had with Ken only made me realize what a great teacher he was.  I don't think we realize what a great teacher we have lost who has trained a large number of physicians who have treated hundreds of thousands of patients.  What a great tribute to such a physician who contributed so much to the field of refractive surgery.  He will truly be missed.”

    -Karl Stonecipher, MD, Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

     

    “I am very saddened to hear the news about Ken.  I knew him for at least 15+ years, essentially since he became one of the medical directors of VISX.  Ken and Marc made a great team.  Although my contact with Ken was limited to the times I saw him at the VISX trainer's meetings at AAO and ASCRS; I enjoyed the camaraderie and genuine warmth Ken always seemed to project.  Ken made these trainer meetings one of the highlights for me when I attended a national meeting. Rarely have I met anyone such as Ken (in or out of medicine) that combined professionalism and the ability to communicate and simplify complex ideas with such a great sense of humor. Ken was a gem.   I will miss him greatly, as will our profession.”

    -Michael J. Taravella, MD, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora

     

    “Ken’s passion for training physicians to improve the outcomes they deliver to patients was second to none.  I worked with him side-by-side on the development of training for the VISX CustomVue certification process and he had an incredible dedication to make sure each physician understood the optimal pathway to maximizing outcomes and the impact of each of the steps in the process.  I was also always impressed with his rapport with the physicians he was training.  In this learning environment he dealt with a wide variety of personalities and expectations with the same calm demeanor he always possessed, and would always stay with the doctors until the last question was answered and they fully understood everything he was educating them on.  I will always miss his calm approach to critically important topics and the amount that he cared for all the people he worked with and all of the patient lives that they dramatically improved.”

    -Brad Fundingsland, President, The Fundingsland Group, San Francisco

     

    “I will forever be indebted to Ken not only for his contributions to our field but more on a very personal level the effort that he invested in my success as a clinician and educator.  I will never forget him spending a full 6 hours with me on a Saturday afternoon in May of 1998 meticulously training me to be a trainer for VISX.  Certifying our Residents and Fellows at Duke now for 18 consecutive years traces back to Ken's generosity and giving nature responsible for making this possible.”

    -Alan N. Carlson, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology, Vice Chairman, Departmental Development, Duke Eye Center, Durham, NC

    Jolie Higazi
    Jolie is the Content Specialist for Ophthalmology Times. She can be reached at [email protected]

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