Dr. Marais Receives Freeman Vision Award at 2016 WCF Sight Night

Wednesday night, August 31, 2016, the World Cataract Foundation (WCF) held its 12th Annual Sight Night at Theatre Memphis, where they presented the Freeman Vision Award to Ivan Marais, MD, instructor of ophthalmology at HEI. The event began with a cocktail buffet, followed by presentation of the award, and Beauty and the Beast Live Onstage. 

Dr. Marais was a pioneer in phacoemulsification and foldable intraocular lenses, and was invited to perform the world's first multifocal lens implant. Following the successful outcome of this new procedure, Dr. Marais was invited to many cities around the world to advise ophthalmologists on case selection, techniques and problem solving.

Recruited to UTHSC by Dr. Barrett G. Haik more than a decade ago, Dr. Marais is an instructor at the Hamilton Eye Institute who trains our residents in cataract and anterior segment surgery. Each week, Dr. Marais dedicates countless hours providing indispensable knowledge and surgical technique to young ophthalmologists at HEI's Jim and Virginia McGehee Skills Transfer Center. This state-of-the-art training center features an array of highly advanced training modalities, including a virtual reality surgical simulator workstation and both direct and indirect ophthalmoscope simulators, yet the single most valuable resource in the center is Dr. Marais himself. In addition to his priceless trove of knowledge from a lifetime of experience as one of the world's finest anterior segment surgeons, Dr. Marais also continually expands his knowledge of current developments and new techniques so he can provide our residents with the most up-to-date and advanced methods for providing the finest eye care possible.


Lori Hudson greets guests at sign-in
WCF Executive Director Lori Hudson (blue dress) greets guests as they sign in.
Marais awarded
(From left): Drs. John Freeman, Ivan Marais, and Jerre Freeman
The audience for the ceremony was a packed house at Theatre Memphis.
John Freeman, MD, at podium
John Freeman, MD, introduces Dr. Marais.
HEI faculty and staff in audience
Some of the HEI staff and faculty in the audience included (from left)
Terry Ferguson, Elliott M. Kanner, MD, PhD, and Lauren C. Ditta, MD.