The Power List 2016
Chairman and Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology at Loma Linda University, San Bernadino, California
Howard Gimbel is best known for the co-invention of the continuous curvilinear capsulorhexis, which has proven crucial to modern cataract surgery. In 1984, Gimbel introduced radial keratotomy to Canada, and was the first surgeon in the country to introduce outpatient eye surgery, and to acquire the Excimer laser for use in refractive surgery. He also proposed the “divide and conquer” approach to phacoemulsification and cataract removal. Gimbel has an appreciation for fine music, and enjoys singing in choral groups and playing the musical saw and trombone.