George L. Spaeth, MD
Dr. George Spaeth is currently the Louis J. Esposito Research Professor at the Wills Eye Hospital. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. After medical school, he interned at the University of Michigan Hospital and completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Wills Eye Hospital. As a resident at Wills Eye Hospital, he discovered the disease homocystinuria and published the early work on the condition, including the use of pyridoxine as successful treatment. Dr. Spaeth served for two years in the Public Health Service as a clinical fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness in Bethesda. He was Director of the William and Anna Goldberg Glaucoma Service and Research Laboratories at the Wills Eye Hospital/Jefferson Medical College from 1968 to 2007.
Dr. Spaeth has received many award and honors such as Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has published over 360 articles in peer-reviewed journals, hundreds of commentaries in various formats, over 100 book chapters, 200 editorials, and 18 books, several of which have been translated into other languages, including Chinese. His surgical text is used in many countries around the world and a fourth edition is currently being prepared. He serves on the editorial boards of six journals, and was for many years Editor-in-Chief of Ophthalmic Surgery. Fellows he has trained currently work in 34 countries on six continents, and include the current or past presidents of the American Glaucoma Society, the European Glaucoma Society, the Chinese Glaucoma Society, the Pan-Arab-African Glaucoma Society, and the Christian Medical College in Lahore India. His fellows are chairs of departments of ophthalmology in the United States and internationally and directors of many glaucoma services around the world. Dr. Spaeth himself was founding member and the first President of the American Glaucoma Society. He was the founder and is current president of the Glaucoma Service Foundation to Prevent Blindness and served as the chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.