Famed Glaucoma Surgeon Delivers 15th Williford Lecture

lecturer portrait M. Bruce Shields, MD

On September 13, 2012, the Hamilton Eye Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Department of Ophthalmology in Memphis, Tennessee, hosted the 15th Annual Williford Distinguished Visiting Professorship. This event featured a lecture by world-renowned glaucoma expert, M. Bruce Shields, MD, the Marvin L. Sears Professor and Chair Emeritus of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the Yale School of Medicine.

A very large crowd of physicians representing many medical specialties attended Dr. Shields's lecture. His topic, "Glaucoma: Past, Present and Future," was extremely well received. Following his lecture, William N. Williford, MD, presented Dr. Shields with a custom-engraved award in gratitude for presenting the 15th Williford Lecture.

Dr. Williford established this distinguished visiting professorship in 1997. He is a highly regarded anterior segment and cataract surgeon and an alumnus of the UT Department of Ophthalmology. Dr. Williford is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American College of Surgeons, and he is a member of the Knoxville Academy of Medicine, the American Medical Association, and the Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Shields has gained international acclaim for significant advances in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma over the course of his illustrious career.Link to Williford Distinguished Visiting Professorship PDF View Program Prior to his service at Yale, Dr. Shields served 22 years as a faculty member in the department of ophthalmology at Duke University, where he directed their Glaucoma Service, developing laser treatments to treat the most advanced types of glaucoma. In 2006, he patented a glaucoma treatment device called the Aquashunt, which reduces intraocular pressure by allowing excess fluid in the eye to exit naturally. He has written more than 200 scientific journal articles and book chapters. His best-known work is the Textbook of Glaucoma, which is now in its sixth U.S. edition and has also been translated into German, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.

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