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February 2006

Michael E. Yablonski, MD, PhD (1940-2005)

Arch Ophthalmol. 2006;124(2):292. doi:10.1001/archopht.124.2.292

Michael E. Yablonski, MD, PhD, died peacefully in his daughter's home on April 25, 2005, of cancer. He was a first-generation American man born in Minneapolis, Minn, on July 11, 1940, the oldest of 3 children, to Harry and Anne Yablonski. Mike's grandparents and parents emigrated from Eastern Europe when his father was 13 years of age. Both his father and grandfather went to work immediately, his grandfather with the Soo Railroad and his father in an upholstery shop. Mike grew up in Minneapolis and graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Medicine, Minneapolis, in 1967. Following a surgical internship at Albert Einstein Medical School, Yeshiva University, Bronx, NY, he returned to Minneapolis and completed a PhD program in membrane transport physiology, a background experience that would serve him well in his career as a glaucomatologist. He served for 2 years in uniform at a US Navy research facility studying electroretinography. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Minnesota in 1976, followed by a fellowship in glaucoma under the supervision of Bernard Becker, MD, at Washington University, St Louis, Mo. He began his career in academic ophthalmology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, and later moved to Cornell University Medical Center, New York, where he was chief of the glaucoma service from 1982 to 1990. Afterward, he moved to Omaha, Neb, where he was a professor and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center from 1990 to 2000. During the last 5 years of his life, he was in private practice in Johnson City, NY.