D. Jackson Coleman, MD

D. Coleman Jackson

Title: Ophthalmologist, Professor of Ophthalmology
Location:  Haworth, New Jersey, United States

D. Jackson Coleman, MD, Ophthalmologist and Professor of Ophthalmology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in ophthalmology.

Highly regarded as a leader in his field, Dr. Coleman has dedicated more than five decades of his life to his career. He is distinguished for being at the forefront of developing new ultrasound technologies for examining and treating the eye.  Together with Frederic L. Lizzi, he created the first commercially available B-scan ultrasound equipment for the eye. His numerous patents include those for an ultrasonically vibrated surgical knife and ultrasonic diagnostic and therapeutic transduce assembly and method of use, a system of therapeutic ultrasound and real-time ultrasonic scanning, and an ultrasound system for corneal biometry. Because of this work, Dr. Coleman has been able to pioneer surgical techniques for vitreoretinal surgery. He demonstrated that operating at an earlier stage of ocular trauma could vastly improve patient prognosis for recovery.

Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Coleman’s research spans matters related to vitreoretinal surgery and imaging. In recognition of his incredibly impactful work, he has received many prestigious awards including the Mildred M. Weisenfeld Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Herman Wacker Award of Club Jules Gonin, the Award of Merit in Retinal Research from the Retina Society and the Bietti Award from the Italian Ophthalmological Society, as well as an honorary degree from the University of Ferrara in Ferrara, Italy.  Additionally, he was the 2001 recipient of the Greenberg Award of New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Medical College of Cornell University. In his career, Dr. Coleman has found success in many prominent roles. He served as president of the Medical Board of Cornell Medical College from 1991-1992, and 1994-1997 after accomplishing a lot as the Chief of its Ophthalmology Department. Additionally, Dr. Coleman has served as Surgeon Director of Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, Senior Research Physician at Riverside Research Institute in New York City and consultant at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. To impact the medical community further, Dr. Coleman has been an officer of every major ultrasound medical society throughout the world, including the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine, the Societas Internationalis de Diagnostic Ultrasonica in Ophthalmologia and the World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology, Inc. He is a past president of the American Retina Society and past president of Club Jules Gonin, the International Retina Society. Dr. Coleman has authored over 250 peer-reviewed papers and numerous chapters in ophthalmology textbooks. He has published the second edition of his seminal text, “Ultrasonography of the Eye and Orbit.”

Dr. Coleman’s career successes are supported by the education that laid the groundwork for his success. He received an undergraduate degree from Union College and his medical degree with thesis honors from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine. Following his internship at the Columbia Medical Division at Bellevue Hospital, he served in the U.S. Public Health Service in Washington, DC. Dr. Coleman completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute of Columbia Presbyterian as a National Institutes of Health Special Fellow. Looking to the future, Dr. Coleman intends to take on new opportunities in his field while seeking out passion projects related to the medical field.

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