Mexican University Bestows Top Honor on Bascom Palmer’s Eduardo Alfonso

Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., professor and chair of ophthalmology and Director of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, was honored last month with the University of Monterrey’s Catedra Laboris designation, which akin to an honorary chair is bestowed on an elite group of experts who have been invited to speak at the Mexican university.

Alfonso presented an overview of Bascom Palmer, which recently earned U.S. News & World Report’s ranking as the No. 1 eye program in the U.S. for the 10th consecutive year, after signing a cooperation agreement with the University of Monterrey on August 28. In his presentation, “Bascom Palmer Eye Institute: The Road to Excellence,” Alfonso stressed the importance of both education and research to Bascom Palmer’s mission.

“Without research, we are not going to be able to improve the human condition because we assume our current methods are optimal when they may not be,’’ Alfonso told Monterrey students, professors and researchers.

Signed by Alfonso and Eduardo Garcia Luna, M.D., Dean of the University of Monterrey’s College of Health Sciences, the cooperation agreement is designed to promote Mexico’s ophthalmic research, knowledge-sharing and student outreach, in conjunction with the Fundación Ojos para México, the Eye Foundation for Mexico.

Also attending the ceremony were Rogelio Villarreal, M.D., president of the Fundación Ojos para México; Eliseo Vela Madrigal, representing the President of the College of Ophthalmology of Nuevo Leon; Luis Gomez Guzman, M.D., Director of Clinical Sciences; and Jacobo Wapinski Kleiman, President of the Jewish Community of Monterrey.

“We are committed to leverage the benefits of this agreement, recognizing that collaborating with stakeholders provides hope to patients with eye diseases and brings light into their lives,” Garcia Luna said.

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