Charles W. Nichols, MD,

Title: Ophthalmologist and Educator
Company: Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Location: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States

Charles W. Nichols, MD, Vice Chair of Ophthalmology for Development and Philanthropy and Deputy Chief, at Perelman School of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in Ophthalmology.

As a young adult, Dr. Nichols decided he did not want to go into business with his father, who was a corporate executive. Instead, he wanted to pursue his interests in internal medicine diving in to the field of ophthalmology. Upon the completion of a Bachelor of Arts from Williams College in 1960, he earned a Doctor of Medicine from Thomas Jefferson University in 1964. He was later certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Medical Examiners. Consequently, he began his career as a fellow of pharmacology with the National Institutes of Health at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, between 1965 and 1967. After completing a residency in ophthalmology with Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1969, he accepted the position of an assistant instructor of ophthalmology with the university, further progressing to an instructor of pharmacology by 1971.

Dr. Nichols experienced success as the assistant professor of ophthalmology and pharmacology with the institution for six years, before becoming an associate professor in 1977. During this time, he contributed as a member of the Institute of Environmental Medicine until 1985, later advancing to the Deputy chief of ophthalmology – a position he has held since 1983. Additionally, he has served as the vice chair of ophthalmology for development and philanthropy since 2019. Civically, Dr. Nichols is a veteran captain of the United States Army Reserve and has devoted his time to the Friends of Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Institute of Contemporary Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, among others. In light of his exceptional undertakings, he has been the recipient of numerous honors including the Travel Award from the American Society of Pharmacology in 1968, the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975, and the Apple Teaching Award from the Scheie Eye Institute in 1997.

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