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Douglas Koch

The Power List 2020 – Power List 2020


Professor and Allen, Mosbacher, and Law Chair in Ophthalmology, Cullen Eye Institute, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA

Your wish?

My wish is for good healthcare available to everyone in the world, including the United States.

Piece of advice for your younger self?

Focus your research on a clinical problem that perplexes you and find superb collaborators to assist you in the effort, including industry, if pertinent to the topic.

The most serendipitous moment of your career?

In 1988, an RK patient came to me to manage her -8D refractive error two months after undergoing cataract surgery, and then an IOL exchange one week later for 6D of hyperopia; this initiated my career-long interest in IOL calculations in post-refractive eyes.

Another time, Gerd Auffarth from Heidelberg, Germany, emailed me saying that his research student Li Wang was moving to Houston with her husband; the rest of that story is a collaboration with the best person and colleague I could ever have hoped for.


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