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Three honored for their accomplishments at annual banquet

The Department of Ophthalmology celebrated accomplishments by faculty, alumni, and volunteers in advocating for and supporting visual health and eye research at its 2006 Annual Banquet. The event, cohosted by the department and the Minnesota Medical Foundation, was held on Wednesday, October 18, 20{06, at the McNamara Alumni Center.

Three individuals were honored for their contributions to the Department of Ophthalmology:

Howard D. Gilbert, M.D., received the Alumni Service Award for his many years of service to the department, his positive impact on the practice of ophthalmology, and his exemplary patient care. A member of the University of Minnesota Medical School Class of 1969, Gilbert has served as a clinical professor at the VA Medical Center for nearly thirty years.

In his three decades of practice, Gilbert has earned a reputation for excellence in diagnosing and managing retinal disease. He has been involved with numerous local and national clinical trials relating to retinal disease and has made several clinical and surgical observations that have been important in developing current concepts in the field of retina.

Jean Shannon received the Outstanding Service Award for her contributions to the Department of Ophthalmology as a volunteer.

Shannon is a long-term patient of the department’s physicians, having undergone seven cornea transplants in twenty years. Out of gratitude for the care she received, Shannon has volunteered for Fundraising campaigns within the department since 1988. She continued her work by leading and supporting Fundraising efforts such as special events and mail solicitations in her 10 years of service on the Vision Foundation’s board, until it was dissolved in 2000.

Jon P. Tierney, M.D., was honored posthumously with the Outstanding Achievement Award for his long service and dedication to ophthalmology residents at University of Minnesota, to his patients, and to the ophthalmology community as a whole. A teacher at the Hennepin County Medical Center for many years, Tierney was extremely well-liked by his residents.

Tierney participated in humanitarian service around the world, as well. He performed strabismus surgeries and provided ocular prostheses to the underprivileged on several outreach trips to Vietnam. He also served as a physician escort for Vietnamese refugee children brought to Europe and the United States. Tierney died suddenly this year at age 69.

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