Title: Ophthalmologist, Educator
Company: University of Louisville School of Medicine
Location: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Henry Jerrold Kaplan, Ophthalmologist, Educator at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of optometry education.
Originally planning to become a heart surgeon, Dr. Kaplan had 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 within 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 when he received an invitation from President Richard Nixon to join 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 path, ultimately deciding he wanted to perform heart transplants. 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 where he worked with someone who shared in the Nobel Prize.
Following this honor, Dr. Kaplan earned worked as an assistant professor within the department of cell biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School from 1974 to 1975. It was during this time that he realized he wanted to pursue ophthalmology and consequently served as a resident in ophthalmology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics from 1975 to 1978 and as a Retina-Vitreous Fellow within the department of ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin from 1978 to 1979. He subsequently assumed employment within the department of ophthalmology of Emory University’s School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked as a professor and director of research from 1979 to 1984, and as an associate professor within the department of microbiology from 1985 to 1988. He took his talents to the department of ophthalmology and visual sciences within the Washington University School of Medicine where he has been the department chairman from 1988 to 1998 and professor from 1988 to 2000. Dr. Kaplan presently serves as the chairman and professor of the department and has held the title of William H. and Blondina F. Evans Professor of Ophthalmology since 2000.
Sharing his knowledge with others, Dr. Kaplan has been a member of the Scientific Journal Review Boards for the journals Current Eye Research and Experimental Eye Research since 1986. He has also been a member of the Scientific Review Board for Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science as well as a member of the Scientific Journal Review Boards for the American Journal of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmology, all since 1983. He holds membership with organizations such as the American Uveitis Society, serving as its president from 1997 to 1999, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Association of Immunologists, Macula Society, Retina Society; Louisville Ophthalmology Society, Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons and Alpha Omega Honor Society.
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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