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Renovated practice lab to be upgraded in resident's memory

Upgrades to an ophthalmology practice laboratory will have both personal and professional meaning to residents in the Department of Ophthalmology.

Over the last several months, the department has received donations in memory of David P. Pond, M.D., a first-year ophthalmology resident. At the time of his death last June, many friends and colleagues in the ophthalmic community expressed interest in contributing to a memorial fund for David. Department leaders have discussed a number of ways to honor his memory with his widow, Ausra Pond, M.D., who joined the department as a first-year resident last fall.

Department leaders plan to direct these gifts to much-needed renovations of the Surgical Practice Lab. This lab is used by all University ophthalmology residents to learn and practice surgical techniques, and also to complete the program requirements set forth by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.

Once the renovations are complete, the department will post a plaque in the Surgical Practice Lab indicating that the upgrades were supported in part by memorial gifts honoring the life of David Pond.

Contributing to the Ophthalmology Teaching and Research Fund in David Pond’s memory is an opportunity to pay tribute to a bright physician while supporting a project that will enhance the learning experience for all residents in the Department of Ophthalmology.

To make a gift, please contact Jean Gorell of the Minnesota Medical Foundation at 612-625-0497 or Alternatively, you may make a gift online by visiting and clicking on “Make your gift online now.” Follow directions to use the fund search and direct the gift to the Ophthalmology Teaching & Research Fund (F-4601). Be sure to identify the gift as a memorial in honor of David Pond when directed to do so.

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