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Spirit of Giving

July 2005

Randolph D. Glickman, Ph.D., and Stanley I. Glickman, M.D.
Randolph D. Glickman, Ph.D., and Stanley I. Glickman, M.D.
A physician who has spent decades practicing medicine will leave a legacy that will live in perpetuity. Stanley I. Glickman, M.D., has generously funded a new endowed chair at the Health Science Center that will support research of diseases that threaten sight. The chair is made possible by a $500,000 gift from Dr. Glickman.

The National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health reports that as the U.S. population ages, the number of Americans with serious eye diseases is increasing. Vision loss is becoming a major public health problem. Within the next 15 years, the number of people who are blind or have low vision is projected to increase dramatically. In addition, a study published in the journal Ophthalmology reports that U.S. Hispanics (one of the fastest-growing segments of the population) have high rates of eye disease and visual impairment, including diabetic retinopathy and open-angle glaucoma. Many are not even aware they have vision problems.

The Stanley I. Glickman, M.D., Chair will enable the Health Science Center to recruit a new faculty member to conduct research in the department of ophthalmology in the Medical School. The chair honors Dr. Glickman, a native of New York City who had a distinguished 50-year career in the practice of urology and now lives in Tucson, Ariz.

Dr. Glickman previously established the Ruth M. Glickman Memorial Research Endowment Fund in honor of his wife, who died in 1993. She was a nurse and homemaker.

"Our department of ophthalmology is well known for groundbreaking research, and Dr. Glickmanís generous gift will enable us to increase the talented base we already have in place," said Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., president of the Health Science Center.

Dr. Glickman attended medical school at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha and received his M.D. in 1941. After a fellowship, general surgery residency and urologic residency, he was appointed to the faculty of Mount Sinai Hospital in 1948. He moved to Tucson in 1984 to accept an appointment at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospital there.

As a young resident physician, Dr. Glickman developed glycine irrigant, a solution that is the standard used in surgeries to resect the prostate.

His son, Randolph D. Glickman, Ph.D., is the Senderoff Professor of Vision Research in the department of ophthalmology at the Health Science Center. Dr. Randolph Glickman conducts research in retinal physiology and pharmacology and in laser medical applications. Several patents related to his work are in process.

"My father has always been interested in the research I did in the department and wanted to add to our complement of faculty with this new chair," Dr. Glickman said.

With the support of Dr. Stanley Glickman and the expertise of his son, Randolph, and his colleagues in the department of ophthalmology, the Health Science Center is leading efforts to fight sight-stealing afflictions.



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