20th William N. Williford, MD, Distinguished Visiting Professorship


Dr. Ellis receives a commemorative plaque from Dr. Mary Ellen Hoehn and Dr. James C. FlemingOn October 26, 2017, the Hamilton Eye Institute was honored to welcome George S. Ellis, Jr., MD as the 20th William N. Williford, MD, Distinguished Visiting Professor. Dr. Ellis, delivered “Gavaris Minimal Ptosis Repair Long Term Results” as his Williford Lecture. This in-depth summary of the long term results of ptosis repair was received with greatest enthusiasm from many of our UT faculty, residents, fellows and members of the local ophthalmologic and medical community. After his enlightening lecture, Dr. Ellis received a custom-designed plaque etched with an artistic rendering of the Hamilton Eye Institute.

The following day, Dr. Ellis joined the residents of the Hamilton Eye Institute to lead an informative discussion covering a range of ophthalmic surgery pearls and principles.

Dr. Ellis speaks to full audience in the Freeman AuditoriumDr. Ellis specializes in Pediatric Eye Diseases and Adult Strabismus. After completing a residency in Ophthalmology at the Duke University Eye Center, he received specialized training in his chosen field with Zane Pollard, Marshall Parks, David Guyton, and Clinton McCord. In 1995, after 12 years on full time faculties at the LSU Eye Center and the Tulane University Department of Ophthalmology, he assumed the Directorship of Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital New Orleans. Dr Ellis has special interest in infant vision testing and in the diagnosis and treatment of Ptosis, Strabismus, Amblyopia, and Lachrymal Obstruction. He enjoys the training of residents and students, both Medical and Orthoptic.

In recognition of his contributions to both Tulane and LSU Medical Schools, he holds the rank of Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Pediatrics. Dr Ellis has been involved in multiple medical and ophthalmological organizations. He has served as President of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), the American Eye Study Club, the Southern Medical Association, the Louisiana-Mississippi Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology Society, the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Orthoptic Council, and held several leadership positions within the AAP (American Academy of Pediatrics). A speaker and teacher of outstanding ability.

Dr. & Mrs. Williford join Drs. Ellis, Hoehn and Fleming for a group photo after the lectureThis distinguished visiting professorship is endowed by William N. Williford, MD, an alumnus of UT Knoxville, UT Medical School, and the UT Ophthalmology residency. A highly experienced and regarded anterior segment and cataract surgeon, Dr. Williford remains very involved with the educational programs of the department. His generosity in establishing this professorship has allowed us to invite outstanding clinicians to serve as the Williford Professor.

Top left:Dr. Ellis receives a commemorative plaque from Dr. Mary Ellen Hoehn and Dr. James C. Fleming. Center left: Dr. Ellis speaks to full audience in the Freeman Auditorium. Bottom left: Dr. & Mrs. Williford join Drs. Ellis, Hoehn and Fleming for a group photo after the lecture.