Title: Division Head of Ophthalmology at Lurie Children’s Hospital
Company: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Marilyn Baird Mets, MD, Division Head of Ophthalmology at Lurie Children’s Hospital, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Medicine.
In addition to leading her department at Lurie, Dr. Mets has also been the director of its ophthalmology laboratory, director of the retinal electrophysiology laboratory, and the Lillian Sherman Cowen Reiger and Harold L.S. Cowen Reiger Research Professor in Pediatric Ophthalmology at Northwestern University since 2011. She is also a clinician-investigator there, and a lecturer with the nearby Rush Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital and the Rush University Medical Center. Dr. Mets became an eye doctor because of a course at the AFIP Armed Forces Institute of Pathology with Dr. Lorenz E. Zimmerman, who lit her professional passion for ophthalmology. Combined with her love for working with children, Dr. Mets hopes to continue her work in the department and overseeing resident clinics for many more years.
A recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Mets was selected for the pages of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the World, and Who’s Who of American Women. Originally from Providence, Rhode Island, she attended Wheaton College and earned a MS from the School of Public Health at Harvard University, followed by a MD from George Washington University in 1976. Dr. Mets interned with the Cleveland Clinic and was a pediatric resident for three years. She became a fellow in ophthalmology and strabismus with Dr. Marshall Parks, and further served a fellowship in ophthalmic genetics with Dr. Irene Maumenee.
As a prolific educator and research clinician, Dr. Mets has held numerous roles in the advancement of eye medicine, notably serving on the board of directors of the Toxoplasmosis Research Institute and Center in Chicago from 1991 to 1998. She currently holds a seat on the professional advisory council of the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, as well as the board of directors of the Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness. Dr. Mets has also contributed to medical literature in numerous publications, notably as editor-in-chief of Focal Points at the American Academy of Ophthalmology from 1993 to 1997. She has been lauded repeatedly over the years, notably receiving a 2005 David S. Friendly Honor Award from the Costenbader Society, a 2003 Women of Vision honor from Prevent Blindness America, and a 2003 Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
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