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Oliver H. Dabezies, Jr, MD, an internationally
known leader in the field of ophthalmology and long-time clinical professor
of ophthalmology at Tulane Medical School, died June 23, 2001, in New Orleans,
La. He was 71 years old. Dr Dabezies was a New Orleans native and received
his medical degree from Tulane. He continued his medical training in New Orleans,
completing an internship at Charity Hospital of Louisiana and a residency
at the Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital. From 1958 to 1960, as a captain
in the army, Dr Dabezies was director of the residency program of Walter Reed
Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC.
Oliver H. Dabezies, Jr, MD
Early in his career, he headed the American National Standards Institute
Committee, which wrote regulations adopted by the Food and Drug Administration
to prevent contamination and resulting blindness from the use of contaminated
contact lens care products. Dr Dabezies continued to teach after retiring
from private practice in 1999. He received Tulane Medical School's Distinguished
Service Award in 1994 and was named the Tulane Alumni Association's outstanding
alumnus in 1995.
Dr Dabezies served on the board of the Southern Eye Bank in New Orleans
for more than 42 years and was its president at the time of his death. He
was the first recipient of the Eye Bank's Distinguished Service Award. He
was former president of the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology and organized
the academy's quarterly educational meetings. Dr Dabezies treasured ophthalmic
heritage and was an avid historian. He authored comprehensive histories of
the Southern Eye Bank, the Tulane University Department of Ophthalmology,
and the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology as well as The History of Ophthalmology in the American Medical Association. He
was a founder of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists, served
as its executive vice president for 11 years, and authored its textbook on
contact lenses. More recently, he created the International Contact Lens Society
Dr Dabezies earned both the Honor and Senior Honor Awards from the American
Academy of Ophthalmology and served on its board. The academy also named him
the guest of honor at its 1995 annual meeting. A former secretary of the American
Medical Association's Ophthalmology Section, Dr Dabezies was to receive the
section's highest award, the Howe Medal in Ophthalmology, at the American
Medical Association's annual meeting this year.
Naugle TC, Haik BG. Oliver H. Dabezies, Jr, MD (1930-2001). Arch Ophthalmol. 2002;120(2):242. doi:10.1001/archopht.120.2.242
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