Penny Asbell

Title: Professor
Company: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Location: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Penny Asbell, Professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in ophthalmology.

Since 2018, Dr. Asbell has been the Barrett G. Haik Endowed Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. An expert in cataracts, eye infections and diseases of the cornea, she led clinical research that helped pioneer the use of excimer laser procedures for vision correction in addition to discovering treatments for several viral eye infections. Her interest in vision and eye care was inspired by her older brother, and ophthalmologist, who passed along his passion for the field, and Dr. Asbell’s desire to improve lives through science. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo and earned a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry at the University of Chicago before returning to the State University of New York for her Doctor of Medicine degree in 1975.

Dr. Asbell began her academic career as a professor of ophthalmology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, also serving as the editor-in-chief of the Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine. As a part of her commitment to ongoing growth and remaining on the cutting edge of her practice, Dr. Asbell has continued her education throughout her career, earning a Master of Business Administration at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in 1998, and completing additional postdoctoral study in internal medicine at Yale University. At the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Dr. Asbell is responsible for working alongside the faculty and staff to ensure that the department’s legacy and mission are represented and upheld now and in the future, including in the administration of clinical fellowships for cornea research.

She credits her success to her integrity, creativity, and willingness to collaborate, and her belief that every patient deserves a lifetime of good vision. Dr. Asbell is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Cornea Society and the Memphis Medical Society, among others, and is active in medical mission work with the Hawaiian Eye Foundation.

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