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1997-2001: Dr. Daniel M. Albert

Dr. Alice McPherson

In 1998

At the Retina Research Foundation of Houston, TX—founded by the first woman to graduate as a resident of the UW ophthalmology program, Alice R. McPherson—two new chairs are established in 1998, in support of basic vitreoretinal research.

In 1999, UW Health East and West Eye Clinics open to better serve patients and to provide more access for the growing community. That same year, the first Macular Degeneration: Progress In Sight Symposium, in partnership with the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired, attracts over 500 people. Now called “Age-Related Macular Degeneration Saving Sight Symposium” and presented biannually, the symposium provides information on advances in the study and care of age-related macular degeneration, as well as tools and resources for those with vision loss.

In 2000, Dinny Davis steps down as Director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center (FPRC), but continues conducting research at the Center. Dr. Ronald P. Danis, MD, a recognized leader in conducting clinical trials at UW, assumes the direction of the FPRC. In 2001, Wisconsin’s First Lady, Laurie McCallum, works with the department to raise awareness about glaucoma, drawing from her own experience with the disease. Dr. Albert steps down as Chair in 2002, and Thomas S. Stevens, MD, a Retina specialist who has served as Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs since 1990, becomes Interim Chair, serving in this position until 2004.