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Henry Edelhauser, PhD with surgical instruments

Photo by Donna Price @2010 Emory Eye Center.

Henry Edelhauser, PhD, pictured here with surgical instruments following the publication of new guidelines for optimal surgical outcomes in “Anatomy of a TASS Outbreak” in the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in 2007.

April 2, 2010

Emory Eye Center Researcher Edelhauser to Present Charles D. Kelman Innovator’s Lecture at American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons


Media contact: Joy Bell, 404-778-3711, jbell@emory.edu


(ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center research professor Henry F. Edelhauser, PhD, has been named the Charles D. Kelman Innovator’s Lecturer for the national meeting of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS) meeting in April.

The ASCRS lectureship honors the work of individuals whose creativity has benefited ophthalmologists and their patients. The lecture is presented during a special session at the annual ASCRS Symposium on Cataract, IOL and Refractive Surgery. Charles D. Kelman, MD, presented the first lecture in 1985. In recognition of the ongoing contribution of the late Dr. Kelman to anterior segment surgery—the invention of phacoemulsification—the lecture was renamed for him in 2003. Dr. Edelhauser’s title is “Evolution of Surgical Pharmacology: Reviewing the Past and Looking to the Future.”

“We are very proud that Dr. Edelhauser has received yet another impressive academic award, the highly prestigious Kelman Innovator’s award,” says Timothy W. Olsen, director of Emory Eye Center. “The Kelman award represents one of the highest distinctions at the ASCRS meeting in recognition of translational and applied research.”

Dr. Edelhauser, Emory Eye Center’s former director of research, served as the Sylvia Montag Ferst and Frank W. Ferst Endowed Research Professor from 1989 to 2009, when he partially retired. He is internationally known for his work in corneal physiology. Other research interests include surgical pharmacology, drug delivery and ocular toxicology.

During his career, Dr. Edelhauser has received the most prestigious awards presented in his field. He served as President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and has received the Honor award (1988) and Senior Achievement award (2000) from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He received the Castroviejo Medal, and the Alcon Research Award in 1999. In 2001 Dr. Edelhauser presented a keynote lecture at the 55th Congress of Clinical Ophthalmology of Japan entitled “Cataract and Refractive Surgery: The Effect on the Corneal Endothelium.”

In 2005 he received the prestigious Proctor Medal Award, ARVO highest honor given in ophthalmic research. In 2007 he received the R. Townley Paton M.D. award from the Eye Bank Association of America for his research contributions to National and International Eye Banking.

In 2007, in a move to provide guidelines for better ophthalmic surgical outcomes, Dr. Edelhauser and a selected committee of professionals—the Ad Hoc Task Force on Cleaning and Sterilization of Intraocular Instruments—came together at Emory to tackle the difficult issue of ophthalmic instrument cleaning and sterilization. The new guidelines that came out of that collaboration have had the impact of preventing future complications for a number of ophthalmology surgery patients. In 2009, he was the inaugural recipient of the Gold Fellow award in ARVO, the organization’s highest distinction, which commemorates service as role models and mentors for individuals pursuing careers in vision and ophthalmology.

In his career, Dr. Edelhauser has published more than 300 papers. He has received continuous funding from the NIH for more than 41 years and has garnered more than $24 million in grant funding in his 20 years at Emory. He holds memberships in a dozen professional organizations. He has served as graduate student or post-doctoral advisor to more than 50 students in his career.

Prior to serving at Emory, Dr. Edelhauser served on the faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin (1966-1989) as an assistant, associate and ultimately full professor. He received his PhD in Physiology at Michigan State University in 1966.

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