Henry Jerrold Kaplan, MD

Kaplan, Henry 3627096_18006552

Title: Ophthalmologist, Scientist, Educator
Company:  Louisville Eye Specialists LLC
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Henry Jerrold Kaplan, Ophthalmologist, Scientist, Educator has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of ophthalmology.  He is recognized internationally for his many clinical and scientific contributions to the fields of Retina, Vitreous and Uveitis.

Originally planning to be a heart surgeon, Dr. Kaplan earned a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia University in 1964 and an MD from Cornell University in 1968. He served as an intern in Medicine at Lakeside Hospital at the University Hospitals of Cleveland (now Case-Western Reserve University School of Medicine) from 1968 to 1969, as well as a surgical resident at Bellevue Hospital at the New York University Medical Center from 1969 to 1970.  He entered the Berry Plan and joined the US Air Force during the Vietnam War. Dr. Kaplan’s time as a Major in the Medical Corps of the U.S. Air Force from 1970 to 1972 caused him to reevaluate his professional path, ultimately deciding he wanted to be a clinician-scientist. He was a National Institutes of Health research fellow in immunology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas from 1972 to 1974 with J. Wayne Streilein MD and Rupert E. Billingham PhD, where their collaboration was a seminal event in the establishment of ocular immune privilege.

Dr. Kaplan was then appointed an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School from 1974 to 1975. It was during this time that he confirmed his desire to pursue an academic career in ophthalmology; consequently, he served as a resident in ophthalmology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from 1975 to 1978 under Frederick C. Blodi MD, and then as a Retina-Vitreous Fellow in the department of ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, under Thomas M. Aaberg MD, from 1978 to 1979.  His academic career flourished as an Associate Professor in the department of ophthalmology at Emory University’s School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia under the guidance of H. Dwight Cavanagh MD PhD, eventually becoming a tenured Professor and Director of Research from 1984 to 1988 at that institution. In 1988 he moved to Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, MO) where he served as Professor from 1988 to 2000, including Chair of the department from 1988 to 1998. In 2000 Dr. Kaplan then accepted the William H. and Blondina F. Evans Professorship of Ophthalmology and Chairmanship of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Louisville (2000-2019).

Sharing his knowledge with others, Dr. Kaplan trained over 78 clinicians and scientists, as well as over 144 ophthalmology residents. He is the author of over 300 manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals, 55 book chapters and editor of 2 books. His contributions also include serving as President of American Uveitis Society (1997-1999); Editor-in-Chief, Ocular Immunology and Inflammation (1998-2008); Associate Editor, Translational Vision Science and Technology (2011-); Chair, Visual Disorders Study Section A-1 National Eye Institute (1987-1989); Olga Keith Weiss Scholar, Research to Prevent Blindness (1984); Gold Fellow ARVO (2010); Lifetime Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2012). Among the professional societies in which he remains a member is Alpha Omega Honor Society, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Association of Immunologists, American Uveitis Society, International Uveitis Study Group, Macula Society, Retina Society, American Society of Retinal Specialists, American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He remains a member and reviewer for many prominent scientific journals in ophthalmology and science.

As a further testament to his success, Dr. Kaplan was lauded with the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and has been featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest and Who’s Who in the World.

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