Dr. Ralph C. Eagle, Jr. is director of pathology at the Wills Eye Hospital and professor of ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University. He is also the Noel T. and Sara L. Simmonds Professor of Ophthalmic Pathology at the Wills Eye Institute. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and trained with Dr. Harold Scheie at the University of Pennsylvania after an initial ophthalmic pathology fellowship with Dr. Myron Yanoff. Following his residency, he spent two years at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) in Washington, DC with Drs. Lorenz Zimmerman and Ramon L. Font.
He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Ophthalmological Society. He is a member of the Verhoeff-Zimmerman and Eastern Ophthalmic Pathology Societies, is Past-President of the American Association of Ophthalmic Pathologists and serves as Secretary-Treasurer of the American Registry of Pathology. A dedicated educator, he coordinates the Ophthalmic Pathology Section of the Lancaster Course in Ophthalmology and has served as a faculty member of AFIP’s course “Ophthalmic Pathology for Ophthalmologists” for 30 years. He received Golden Apple Awards for excellence in resident education from both the Scheie Eye Institute and the Wills Eye Hospital and the Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Medical Education from Thomas Jefferson University. He has authored a textbook on Eye Pathology, 29 chapters and more than 350 scientific papers. He has given more than 440 major presentations and lectures and has been a visiting professor at eye hospitals and ophthalmology departments on five continents.