Dr. Claes H. Dohlman, 'founder of modern corneal science,' honored as 2007 Academy Laureate

November 12, 2007

The highest honor the American Academy of Ophthalmology can bestow was presented to Claes H. Dohlman, MD, PhD, for his distinguished career and contributions to ophthalmology.

The highest honor the American Academy of Ophthalmology can bestow was presented to Claes H. Dohlman, MD, PhD, for his distinguished career and contributions to ophthalmology.

Dr. Dohlman received the award on Nov. 11 at the academy's 2007 annual meeting in New Orleans. In addition, a new Harvard Medical School professorship, named in his honor was announced at a special reception on Nov. 9.

"This honor acknowledges the debt that we all owe to Dr. Dohlman for his contributions to the profession," said C.P. Wilkinson, MD, president of the academy. "In addition to his own remarkable work, his commitment to teaching and education has enabled many of his students to leave their mark on the field of ophthalmology. We are proud to honor his outstanding accomplishments."

Dr. Wilkinson is recognized as the "founder of modern corneal science" and taught young ophthalmologists in the field of cornea for years, making a significant impact on the field of corneal surgery. He has specifically dedicated his time to surgical innovation in keratoplasty and keratoprosthesis. With his clinical and laboratory collaborators Dr. Wilkinson has developed artificial cornea designs, surgical techniques, postoperative treatments, and repair procedures to a degree that has made this procedure considerably more successful.

After receiving his undergraduate and medical degrees from Lund, Sweden, he was invited to Boston to work at the Retina Foundation, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wilkinson is retired from administrative positions but still works full-time as a professor of ophthalmology.