The Power List 2019 – Emerging Leaders
Professor and Chairman, Division of Ophthalmology, Tel Aviv Medical Center, Sidney Fox incumbent chair of Ophthalmology, Vice Dean, Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.
What drives you in your day-to-day activities?
What drives me in my day-to-day activities, and what has always driven me, is the desire to excel, to always do things in the best possible way that I can. Specifically, what triggers me is trying to make an impact for patients with eye disease. I’m always looking to improve people’s vision, particularly in the case of elderly patients with age-related eye disease.
What are your goals for the future?
In the near and distant future I will continue to be involved in the developments of technologies to improve eye care, to facilitate the administration of medical and surgical therapies in ophthalmology in a way that will bring along better visual outcomes in a more feasible, accessible manner. My goal is to put a lot of effort in this direction, and devote my time to assisting in the development of these technologies. I am particularly interested in home monitoring, automated analysis of data (using machine learning), surgical viewing systems, and understanding the genetics behind AMD. I am also very interested in mentoring young retina specialists, and assisting them in building a career with international relationships and influence.
What is your most exciting current project?
My two most exciting projects right now are the development of a heads-up technology, a surgical viewing system that incorporates intraoperative data applications, such as intraoperative OCT, as a replacement for the surgical microscope, and participation in the development of home monitoring technology, such as OCT, that can be used by elderly patients at home.
What’s the best part of being an ophthalmologist?
It is the ability to excel in one particular field, and to get to master it in the best possible way; the ability to participate in the development of new technologies, the ability to improve or preserve vision, and to influence and mentor other young ophthalmologists.