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OHSU physician honored for co-invention of eye-imaging technology

David Huang, M.D., Ph.D., recognized by Sanford and Susan Greenberg Prize to End Blindness
David Huang M.D. Ph.D., an Asian male, stands smiling in front of a bookcase
David Huang, M.D., Ph.D., is a professor of ophthalmology in the OHSU School of Medicine. (OHSU/John Valls)

An ophthalmologist and researcher at Oregon Health & Science University Casey Eye Institute is being honored for co-inventing an eye imaging technology that is widely used to diagnose and guide treatment for people with the leading causes of blindness.

David Huang, M.D., Ph.D., will be awarded a Visionary Prize from the Sanford and Susan Greenberg Prize to End Blindness during a live-streamed ceremony on Dec. 14. Huang is among 13 scientists sharing $3 million in prizes for their scientific and medical contributions to ending blindness. National Geographic highlighted some of the award winners in a Dec. 3 story.

Huang, a professor of ophthalmology in the OHSU School of Medicine and an associate director of the OHSU Casey Eye Institute, co-invented optical coherence tomography, also known as OCT. The technology is used to diagnose macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, and helps physicians decide how to best treat patients with blindness-causing disease. This technology is also increasingly used to evaluate treatments for multiple sclerosis and other diseases.

Huang has been widely recognized for his co-invention of OCT. In 2012, he was honored with an António Champalimaud Vision Award, known as the largest scientific and humanitarian prize in the field of vision research.

“I am inspired by Dr. Sanford Greenberg’s vision to end blindness and humbled to be recognized along with Prof. Jim Fujimoto and Eric Swanson for the development of optical coherence tomography, a very sensitive imaging technology widely used to detect and diagnose eye diseases,” Huang said of his most recent honor. “At the Casey Eye Institute, we are continuing to work on ending all preventable blindness by advancing diagnostic technologies, broadening community outreach, and providing cutting edge treatments.”

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