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William Tasman, MD

William Tasman, MD

Professor and Chairman Emeritus of Ophthalmology
Jefferson Medical College and Wills Eye Institute
Philadelphia, PA

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Bill Tasman grew up in Philadelphia and is a product of a Quaker school education, having gone to Germantown Friends School and then Haverford College. He went to Temple Medical School and interned at Philadelphia General Hospital. After being drafted into the Air Force and two years in Wiesbaden, Germany, he returned to Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia for his residency.

So began a 50-year career at Wills, culminating in over 20 years as Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at Wills and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Jefferson Medical College. His publications number over 220 in refereed journals, along with numerous books and book chapters.

Although a major interest has been in pediatric retinal diseases, Bill Tasman had a broad spectrum of impacts, transforming organizations as diverse as The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Ophthalmology, both of which he served as president. He also has been a founding member and a president of the Retina Society and president of the American Ophthalmologic Society.

He has given numerous named lectures and received many awards. These include the Howe Medal, Strittmatter Award, Schepens Award, Marshall Parks Medal, Billings Gold Medal from the AMA and the Gold Medal from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.