March 23, 2012
Why I Give
UIC alum Veeral S. Sheth remembers his roots
Veeral S. Sheth, MD, has good memories of his time spent at UIC. He attended undergraduate and medical school here (where he happened to meet his wife, Monica). And in 2005 he returned to do his residency at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary (IEEI), serving as chief resident in 2008. Today, Dr. Sheth is a successful doctor who specializes in diseases of the retina and oversees Retina Services for four hospitals in the Chicago-area NorthShore University HealthSystem. Yet despite his busy career, Dr. Sheth takes time to donate to UIC’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.
“UIC is a place where I spent a lot of time,” recalls Dr. Sheth, “a total of 10 years.”
Dr. Sheth notes that he had a number of important mentors while training at the IEEI. He points to Michael Shapiro, MD, as the doctor who steered his career in the direction of retinal surgery. And he admires Joel Sugar, MD, who he trained with surgically, as a pioneer in his field who has a rich 30-year history with the IEEI. But Dimitri Azar, MD, MBA, former Head of the Department of Ophthalmology and now Dean of UIC’s College of Medicine, was a real game changer for Dr. Sheth.
“When Dimitri Azar came to UIC he brought an incredible energy,” recalls Dr. Sheth. “His drive and creativity were inspirational for me. UIC was back on the map and we needed to capitalize on that movement and energy. It was a snowball effect that I wanted to contribute to.”
One of the ways that Dr. Sheth continues to contribute to UIC’s successes is by donating. He notes that giving to a state institution is particularly important, as they often have a lack of donors.
“As far as institutions go, UIC is nationally recognized,” says Dr. Sheth. “The best and brightest go to train at the IEEI, and the best ophthalmologists come out of UIC.”
Dr. Sheth notes that his donations are earmarked for the Joel Sugar MD Endowed Professorship, which funds research and educational activities within the visual sciences.
“A world-class institution like this needs support from its alumni,” notes Dr. Sheth.
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by Margaret Doyle