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department of ophthalmology

History of the Department


Dean Parkinson, in the 1930s, brought prominent physicians from many different places to head departments at Temple University School of Medicine.  Ian Lilly and Glenn Gibson were brought to Temple from the Mayo Clinic. Shortly after arriving at Temple, they began a residency program.  Two of the first residents in the Temple University Department of Ophthalmology were Lew Wolf and Jim Hosner.  Each joined the Temple team at the completion of their residencies. Others, including Bob Beitel and Charley Goldsmith from Allentown and Rob Harley from Atlantic City, joined the Ophthalmology medical staff.  Philadelphia General Hospital, St. Christopher's Hospital for Children and Wills Eye Hospital all developed relationships with Temple.


Of note, the first Ophthalmologic operating room microscope in Philadelphia was at Temple.  Also, the initial vitrectomy machine was developed and built at Temple.