Current Opinion in Ophthalmology was launched in 1990. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of Ophthalmology is divided into nine sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal's Section Editor for this issue.
Donald L. Budenz
Donald L. Budenz, MD, MPH, graduated magna cum laud and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania, USA, and received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School, USA. He completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Pennsylvania, Scheie Eye Institute, USA. Dr Budenz then completed a Heed Foundation Fellowship in glaucoma at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine, USA, where he subsequently was a faculty member for 17 years. In 2004, he received a Masters in Public Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA. He is the Kittner Distinguished Professor and Chairman of Ophthalmology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA.
Dr Budenz is an editorial reviewer for numerous medical journals, is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Glaucoma, and is the Editor of the Glaucoma issue of Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. He has been principal investigator in numerous glaucoma clinical trials. Concurrent with his research, Dr Budenz has been published widely in the field of glaucoma; he has authored a textbook, Atlas of Visual Fields, contributed chapters to several other books, and written or coauthored more than 200 peer-reviewed journal articles.
Dr Budenz is the recipient of a Golden Apple Award for Best Resident Teacher (University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine) and has received the teaching award for Best Course in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Miami. He has received Humanitarian of the Year awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Glaucoma Society for his work in Ghana, West Africa.