“It is a tremendous loss for ophthalmology; Roger gave us so much. I have known Roger for years, most recently he served as medical monitor for a company I am on the board of (ReVision Optics). Roger had the dream career; head of cornea at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, founder of Gavin Herbert Center, chairman of the ophthalmology department at UCI, and president of ASCRS. He had the best job in ophthalmology, in my opinion, as program director of ASCRS.
I last saw Roger in Los Angeles for ASCRS. We had a chance to talk; he could barely whisper and was in a wheelchair, but I leaned in and listened, on my knees to get closer. One thing I will always remember that he told me was, ‘We have to carry on.’ Each of us will face our end one day, some of us already are. I can’t think of a better single piece of advice than, ‘carry on.’
It’s simple, sort of ‘stiff upper lip’ British advice from a past generation, but nothing could be more true. Stuff to live by—a final gift from Roger.”
Stephen Slade, MD, Slade and Baker Vision Center, Houston
“Late yesterday, ASCRS lost Roger Steinert, MD, a longtime friend and leader of our organization. Dr. Steinert was the chair of the department of ophthalmology, Irving H. Leopold professor, University of California, and creator of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute. Previously, he was president of the medical staff and director of the corneal service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. ASCRS was fortunate to have him attend the inaugural Steinert Lecture as part of ASCRS Refractive Day held in conjunction with the ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress last month in Los Angeles. A former ASCRS president and program chair, Dr. Steinert was a friend to many and beloved by all who knew him. He will be missed.”
Official statement from ASCRS
“I think all would agree that Roger's career serves as a model for the clinician-scientist and that, in his role as department chair, he was a mentor for his trainees and junior faculty.”
Peter McDonnell, MD, chief medical editor, Ophthalmology Times, director, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore