Title: Retired Ophthalmologist
Location: Mankato, Minnesota, United States
Thomas Drake, retired ophthalmologist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in ophthalmology.
With nearly 30 years of professional experience, Dr. Drake retired in 1997, having been in private practice since 1974. His father, Truman Guthred Jr, was an internist physician and Dr. Drake knew he wanted to do the same line of work though he focused on surgery. The medical profession has been a constant in the Drake family and once he discovered a passion for ocular health, Dr. Drake knew he would pursue optometry. Dr. Drake began his career as a student at Harvard University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in 1964. He continued his studies with Western Reserve University, earning a Doctor of Medicine in 1968. He then held an internship with Hennepin County General Hospital until 1969. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology.
In addition to his primary role, he was secretary of the executive committee at Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital from 1976 to 1977 and secretary and treasurer with Blue Earth County Medical Society from 1975 to 1976. He has also served the nation as a lieutenant commander of the US Navy from 1972 to 1974. Earlier in his career, he was a resident in ophthalmology with Willis Eye Hospital from 1969 to 1972.
A respected voice in his areas of expertise, Dr. Drake has been an active leader in his community. A fellow of the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology, he is a member of the Minnesota Medical Association and the American Medical Association. He has been featured in numerous honors publications, including Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America. Though he is proud of these accomplishments, getting married to the woman of his dreams, his wife Laurie Ann, is the biggest pride and joy of his life as he has enjoyed all of their years together and knows they complete each other.
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