Gholam A. Peyman, MD, former professor of ophthalmology at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary from 1971 to 1987, was recognized by the National University of Cordoba for his outstanding academic and scientific contributions to the field. Dr. Peyman trained faculty members at the University of Cordoba.
Dr. Peyman received an honorary doctorate in a ceremony on October 25 in Cordoba, Argentina. In his presentation, Dr. Roque A. Maffrand, ophthalmology chair at the University of Cordoba, stressed the wisdom and humility of Dr. Peyman, the exceptional nature of his achievements and recognized him as the author of pioneering studies in all areas of ophthalmic surgery. He said, “Those who have had the privilege of working with him have seen an incredible ability.”
After the presentation Dr. Peyman lectured on the impact of technology in ophthalmology and the prevention of blindness. He discussed the ways in which the technological advancements of the past 40 years have changed the practice of ophthalmology. He briefly described three of the developments in which he played a leading role: intraocular drug administration, vitreous surgery and LASIK. He emphasized the value of compassion in the work of physicians, without which he declared “we have no science, no medicine. An achievement should not be measured by the recognition that one gets, that may come later or never comes. That achievement should be measured by what it has done for your neighbor. That’s the most important thing.”
The honorary doctorate is an addition to a long list of accolades in recognition of Dr. Peyman’s invaluable contributions. In January, 2013, President Obama named Dr. Peyman one of 12 eminent researcher recipients of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Click here to read that story.