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November 16, 2010


Solomon Luo, MD-Res '86, and Wendy Luo

Solomon Luo, MD-Res '86, and Wendy Luo


Two years ago, a new era in Temple Ophthalmology began when Jeffrey Henderer, MD, a well-known Philadelphia-based glaucoma expert and clinician-scientist, came on board as chair of the department. Enthusiastic and dedicated, he sees Temple Ophthalmology’s potential for growth and vitality in patient care, research and medical education.


Under Dr. Henderer’s direction, several talented, dynamic new faculty members with expertise in everything from age-related macular degeneration to tele-ophthalmology have been recruited to the department, and a new ophthalmology clinic has been opened at Jeanes Hospital in Fox Chase, Pa. 


A big priority for the department was the renovation of its home base at Temple University Hospital which was completed in October.   TUSM is proud to report that the fundraising goal of $300,000 was surpassed at the end of November.  Thank you to those who contributed to help shape the future of Temple Ophthalmology.  A list of donors to date can be found at the end of the article.


First to respond and lead the fundraising campaign was university trustee and medical school Board of Visitors member Solomon Luo, MD-Res ’86, and his wife Wendy. The Luos, whose two daughters are Temple University School of Medicine and ophthalmology residency graduates, created a matching gift challenge that was pivotal to the campaign's success and encouraged alumni to be a part of the transformation.


Among those to give most generously are Omar Almallah, MD’85, Res ’89; Thomas Armstrong, MD ’78, Res ’84; Iftikhar Chaudhry, MD, Res ’97; and Douglas J. Lavenburg, MD, Res '92; and E. Ronald Salvitti, MD'63, all Philadelphia-area program grads. “Temple Ophthalmology has helped make us the physicians and surgeons we are today,” says Dr. Almallah. “Our program is now at a critical juncture, and as beneficiaries of a superior education and clinical training at Temple, we have the opportunity to give back.”


If you are still interested in lending your support and being included on the honor roll, you have until Dec. 31. Those who make a gift of $1,500 or more will be listed on a plaque outside the department. There are several naming opportunities still available: Two sub-waiting rooms at $30,000 each, five exam rooms at $25,000 each, and the work-up area at $20,000. Financial support towards equipment upgrades or donations of new/gently-used ophthalmology equipment are greatly appreciated. For more information, contact Laura Wortman at 215-707-9459 or laura.wortman@temple.edu.


Donor Honor Roll (As of 11/30/10)
Adeela Alizai, MD
Omar F. Almallah, MD
Donna Armstrong
Thomas Armstrong, MD
Edward Bedrossian, MD
Kevin Chang, MD
Aaila Chaudhry, MD
Iftikhar Chaudhry, MD
James Cristol, MD
Ralph DiGiovanni, MD
Gary Domeracki, MD
Alan Dorfman, MD
David H. Fischer, MD
Maroulla Stavrinou Gleaton, MD
Jeffrey D. Henderer, MD
Paula Chi-lin Ko, MD
Douglas J. Lavenburg, MD
Eva Liang, MD
Lisa J. Linder, MD
Steve Luminais, MD
Betsy Luo, MD
Solomon C. Luo, MD
Keith Mathers, MD
J. Patrick McGraw, Jr., MD
Michele Kowalski McGraw, MD
Jaime H. Membreno-Escapini, MD
Dany M. Najjar, MD
Theresa Reilly, MD
Adriana Saker, MD

E. Ronald Salvitti, MD
Ralph S. Sando, Jr., MD
Louis X. Santore, MD
Shannon Wong, MD
Stephen Wong, MD
Orin M. Zwick, MD