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The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) recognized in a statement the passing of Yasuo Tano, MD, president of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology and immediate past president of the Japanese Ophthalmological Society.
In addition to the positions he held, Dr. Tano was a leader in ophthalmology worldwide, the AAO said, as well as a significant international partner to the academy. He also played an important role in the growth of the International Council of Ophthalmology and was devoted to the quality of education available to ophthalmologists worldwide.
Throughout his career, Dr. Tano served on the international editorial boards of several scientific journals, authored and co-authored more than 600 English and Japanese publications, and delivered prominent lectures both domestically and internationally, according to the organization.
The AAO said: “We have been fortunate to work closely with Dr. Tano in each of his leadership roles by collaborating on various academy initiatives. It is clear that Dr. Tano understood the world stage for ophthalmology and devoted himself to advancing the profession. In his absence, we hope to carry on with the same determination and standard of excellence.”