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UTHSC ophthalmology chair honored as Person of Vision
W.A.J. van Heuven, M.D., professor and chair of ophthalmology at The University
of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, will receive the "People
of Vision" award from Prevent Blindness Texas (PBT). The non-profit
organization recognizes community leaders who turned their vision for
South Texas into a reality.
"This is quite an honor. Prevent Blindness is a wonderful organization
and I hope lending my name to it in this way will call attention to all
the good work it does," Dr. van Heuven said.
Prevent Blindness Texas provides free vision screening for preschool children,
free glaucoma screening for adults, and eye safety programs for schools,
farms and athletes. The organization began in 1956 and has traditionally
honored business leaders in the San Antonio community. This year, PBT
divided the award into the educational/medical sector, the business/civic
sector and the charitable sector.
"When we decided to open our award to different areas of the community,
Dr. van Heuven was the first person who came to mind for education, hands
down," said Jean Thompson, board president of PBT. "Not only
has he done his part to educate the community, he's been instrumental
in educating us."
Dr. van Heuven will receive the award during a Nov. 1 fund-raising dinner
at the Adam's Mark hotel in downtown San Antonio. He has been with the
Health Science Center for 19 years and was instrumental in establishing
the Lions Sight Research Center and in providing educational programs
and research for PBT.
Contact: Will Sansom or Amanda Gallagher