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June 1998

Gerald B. Kara, MD, 1920-1998

Arch Ophthalmol. 1998;116(6):834. doi:10.1001/archopht.116.6.834

Gerald B. Kara, MD, was born in Constantinople (now Istanbul), Turkey, in 1920, of Armenian parentage. He died February 18, 1998, after a long illness. His service to the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, New York City, spanned almost a half century.

Appointed senior surgeon and chief of service there in 1957, he was considered "the ophthalmologist's surgeon," and lectured and operated all over the world. His patients included baseball's "Babe" Ruth, who—unknown to most—had only one "good" eye. Later at the Infirmary he served as chairman of the Research Committee. He also held appointments at Columbia University's Institute of Ophthalmology; St Mary's Hospital, Hoboken, NJ; St Charles Hospital, Long Island, NY; and Misericordia Hospital, New York City. He served as civilian consultant in ophthalmology to the US Air Force in 1961.