The loss of pioneering refractive-corneal surgeon Kenneth A. Greenberg, MD, left an indelible mark on many in the ophthalmic community. Dr. Greenberg passed away Jan. 31, 2016.
With many contributions to the advance of excimer and femtosecond laser refractive surgery, Dr. Greenberg was a medical consultant for VISX/Abbott Medical Optics (AMO) for more than 20 years. He was also a former Editorial Advisory Board member for Ophthalmology Times.
In addition, Dr. Greenberg specialized in refractive, corneal, and cataract surgery for more than 25 years, practicing in Danbury and Ridgefield, CT, and in Riverdale, NY.
Dr. Greenberg earned his medical degree from New York Medical College in 1984, and completed his residency at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where he was Chief Resident.
He was a postdoctoral Cornea and Anterior Segment fellow at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, from 1988-1989. He was also a frequent guest faculty member at the Wilmer Eye Institute.
Many colleagues who knew Dr. Greenberg through their connection at the Wilmer Eye Institute shared their remembrances.
Jonathan Talamo, MD, of Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Boston, met Dr. Greenberg while they were training at the Wilmer Eye Institute. Dr. Talamo remembers Dr. Greenberg as someone who “would set you at ease with his dry, sometimes self-deprecating and lightly ironic, but always funny sense of humor.”
Always providing honest feedback and never too busy for his colleagues, Dr. Greenberg’s kind demeanor and passion for his work was evident to all those surrounding him.
“Ken was a true humanist who always wanted to do the right thing for his patients,” Dr. Talamo said. “He never shied away from difficult cases of patient personalities.”