Inaugural John L. Montgomery, Sr., MD, Distinguished Visiting Professorship


Memphis Eye Society speakers photo (From left) UT Department of Ophthalmology Chair James C. Fleming, MD, FACS, Dr. Montgomery (Jr.), Dr. Zacks, and Dr. Haik

This March, HEI was proud to welcome Charles M. Zacks, MD, as the inaugural John L. Montgomery, Sr., MD, Distinguished Visiting Professor. This endowed lectureship was founded by distinguished UT Ophthalmology alumnus John L. Montgomery, Jr., MD, FACS, with support from John C. Hoskins, MD, Joseph M. Googe, Jr., MD, Tod A. McMillan, MD, and Andrew Lewis.

Dr. Zacks, a cornea and external disease specialist with Maine Eye Center in Portland, Maine, served on the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Ethics Committee from 1994 to 2010, including a term as chair of the Ethics Committee. His informative lecture provided updates on the latest ethical standards as set forth by the American Board of Ophthalmology and underscored the importance of ethical behavior in the practice of medicine. It was highly attended, and many physicians expressed how pleased they were with the topic and presentation. The following day, Dr. Zacks and Mara Burke, manager of the AAO Ethics Program, gave further ethics-based lectures for HEI residents and faculty.

The event "provided a fitting and lasting tribute to a great man," said Hamilton Professor of Ophthalmology Barrett G. Haik, MD, FACS, director of the Hamilton Eye Institute. We are tremendously grateful to Dr. Zacks and Ms. Burke for their outstanding presentations, and to Drs. Montgomery, Hoskins, Googe, and McMillan and Mr. Lewis for creating this outstanding annual event.