Medeiros and Perez Awarded Distinguished Professorships

Friday, May 3, 2019

Felipe Medeiros, MD, PhD and Victor Perez, MD were among nine faculty members in the School of Medicine who have been awarded distinguished professorships by Duke University. The honors were presented at a dinner on May 2, 2019. Distinguished professorships are awarded to the most distinguished faculty who have demonstrated extraordinary scholarship in advancing science and improving human health. 

Stephen & Frances Foster Professor of Ocular Immunology and Inflammation
Victor L. Perez, MD

Dr. Perez is a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and director of Duke Eye Center’s newly launched Ocular Immunology Center. He is an internationally recognized clinician-scientist and authority in the complex field of cornea and ocular inflammatory diseases. In landmark studies, Dr. Perez established the sufficiency of immune effector mechanisms in macular degenerative disease. Dr. Perez complements his laboratory research with his work as director of the Foster Center for Ocular Immunology, evaluating and treating patients with ocular inflammatory diseases, conditions of the anterior segment and uveitis. Dr. Perez has developed surgical techniques and therapies for the treatment of corneal blindness. 

Joseph A.C. Wadsworth Professor of Ophthalmology
Felipe A. Medeiros, MD, PhD
Dr. Medeiros is a professor in the Department of Ophthalmology, vice chair for technology and director of the department’s Clinical Research Unit. He is also the director of the Duke Vision, Imaging and Performance (VIP) Laboratory. Dr. Medeiros is a world-renowned clinician-scientist whose work has focused on the development of innovative imaging and functional methods to improve diagnosis and detection of progression of glaucoma, the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the world. His work has been the first to use virtual reality to predict clinically relevant functional outcomes in ophthalmology and to develop innovative brain-computer interfaces for objective and portable assessment of visual function. As one of the most cited researchers in his field, Dr. Medeiros was recently named one of the top 10 researchers in glaucoma of the decade. He received the 2018 Cogan Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). As one of the most prestigious awards in all of vision science, the Cogan Award is given to a scientist under 45 whose work offers the promise to transform ophthalmology in the future.