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Pitt Department of Ophthalmology Physicians Recipients of 2012 Carnegie Science Center Awards

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 3, 2012 – The 2012 Carnegie Science Center Award winners were announced Feb. 2 at the Carnegie Science Center. The awards were established to recognize and promote innovation in science and technology across western Pennsylvania. Now in its 16th year, the award celebration is scheduled for 6 p.m., Friday, May 11 at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland and will include a keynote address by Robert Bazell, chief science and health correspondent for NBC News.

Joel S. Schuman, M.D., FACS, is the Eye and Ear Foundation Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and director of the UPMC Eye Center, as well as interim Director of the Louis J. Fox Center for Vision Restoration of UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Schuman is this year’s awardee in the Life Sciences category. This award recognizes and honors scientific advances in new and innovative biomedical and life sciences endeavors. In addition to other achievements, Dr. Schuman is an inventor of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), a diagnostic technology commonly used globally for assessing eye disease, and also identified the first molecular marker for glaucoma.

Evan L. Waxman, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and director, UPMC Mercy Eye Center, will receive the Catalyst for Professional and Community Education award, which recognizes individuals and organizations who have come to exemplify an area of science because of the actions they have taken to create public awareness over a broad swath of society. Dr. Waxman created the Guerrilla Eye Service (GES), a mobile ophthalmology unit that provides diagnosis and treatment of eye disease for people in and around Pittsburgh who would not otherwise have access to care, including indigent populations and others. The GES is staffed by Dr. Waxman together with medical students, resident ophthalmologists and staff, and is funded almost entirely through philanthropic donations.

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