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Ophthalmology knows many pioneers, individuals who had the vision and foresight to establish ophthalmology as a major specialty and to train physicians to develop specific skills to treat sight-threatening disorders. Amin El-Maghraby, MD, was such a person, establishing the first private specialized ophthalmic hospital in the Middle East in 1955.
Born in 1900, Dr Amin El-Maghraby graduated from Cairo University in 1926, and received his Diploma of Ophthalmology from Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, England, in 1931. In his native Egypt, among many civic and professional activities, he served as a president of the Egyptian Ophthalmological Society, and as a member of parliament. He was one of the first physicians to practice specialized medicine in Egypt and, as director of the Eye Hospital in Shargeih, Egypt, trained a number of ophthalmic specialists. He also personally encouraged and sponsored the training of physicians toward a Diploma of Ophthalmology, including four individuals
Obituaries/News and Comment. Arch Ophthalmol. 1991;109(12):1660-1661. doi:10.1001/archopht.1991.01080120042021