|Left is the photo of KU Eye Staff with Representative Grosserode and Governor Brownback in Topeka before the Kansas House Resolution designating February 19, 2014 as KU Eye was read into the record.|
On behalf of KU Eye, I have the pleasure of thanking you - our supporters, partners, staff and colleagues - for helping make our Centennial such a successful and productive year!
We sought to offer something for everyone, while promoting the values and mission of KU Eye Center: outreach, education, collaboration and excellence in eye care. Below are a few highlights of the yearlong celebration of such a significant milestone:
• We kicked off our Centennial with our Department Holiday Gala on January 19th to commemorate our founding on January 1, 1914.
• On February 19th, the Kansas House of Representatives passed a resolution making this date KU Eye Day, in recognition of our 100 years and contributions.
• The first of our community-focused Century of Caring Lecture Series, was also in February (Age-Related Macular Degeneration Month), by retina faculty Ajay Singh, MD. Additionally, guest lecturer Arun D. Singh, MD, Director of the Department of Ophthalmic Oncology at the Cole Eye Institute at Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, rounded out February by presenting Grand Rounds for faculty and residents.
• Our float, March of the IRIS, had close to our aim of 100 participants in the Kansas City St. Patrick's Day Parade.
• The GRAND OPENING of the KU Eye Surgery & Laser Center, LLC, held April 24th, included tours, live music and the debut of our centennial video, 100 Years of Vision (watch it by clicking link at top of page). Also, KU School of Medicine Dean Robert Simari, MD joined in the ribbon cutting.
• Timothy W. Olsen, MD (KU SOM MD Class of 1989) became our first distinguished Lemoine Alumni Lecturer, at the fifth annual Kansas EyeCon CME conference May 9 - 10.
• The Resident Class of 2014 graduated June 14th bringing our total alumni to 149 since the program's beginning in 1946. Also in June was our KU Eye Optometry Conference featuring guest speaker Jeffry D. Gerson, OD.
• In July, we welcomed new staff, faculty and residents at our annual picnic. We also hosted our first Cosmetic Fair, which showcased our optical shops and elective procedures.
• We had the largest group block of seats for the KC Royals vs. the Cleveland Indians at the KU Day at the K game August 31st, which surely sealed their ALC victory and run for the Crown.
• Patricia Turner, MD, (KU Residency Class of 1984) presented two seminars in September on the important roles that light perception and exposure and brain function play in our health, which were very well received and attended.
• KU Eye InSIGHT Out: Free Vision Awareness Picnic, in support of World Sight Day, was held October 11th, along with seven partner eye health advocate organizations. Using the Lions Mobile Screening Unit, 59 people were examined at what we hope will be an annual event.
• Fun and fellowship was had by all at our 31st KU Eye Lemoine Alumni & Friends Reception in Chicago during the AAO Annual Meeting.
• To honor our Veterans, we helped out at the annual free appreciation breakfast at the Prairie Village, Kansas Hy-Vee, which was most rewarding.
Again, thanks to all who participated, congratulated and contributed to our past, current and certain future successes as we move on to 100-plus years of excellence in eye care. Wishing you a joyous Holiday Season and all the best for 2015 -
John Sutphin, MD, Luther & Ardis Fry Professor & Chair KU Eye Center & KU Eye Surgery & Laser Center, LLC