Devers expert named one of the most influential ophthalmologists in world
The Ophthalmologist, an international business magazine focused on ophthalmology, released its Power List 2016, which ranks the 100 most influential people in the world of ophthalmology. Claude Burgoyne, MD, an ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist at Legacy Devers Eye Institute in Portland, has been named number 15 on this year’s list.
“What is important for me in being included on this list are the collaborators and environment that has allowed me to secure NIH funding for my work. It has been the work and the collaborations that have made whatever influence I have achieved, possible,” said Dr. Burgoyne. “I greatly appreciate the support I have received from Legacy Devers Eye Institute, Legacy Research Institute and the Legacy Good Samaritan Foundation. I am grateful for this environment and hope that being mentioned on this list illustrates the level of research that comes out of Devers.”
Glaucoma is one of the leading causes of blindness in the world. In its most common forms, intraocular pressure becomes elevated and retinal ganglion cell axons in the back of the eye are permanently damaged. However, glaucoma also commonly occurs at normal levels of intraocular pressure. Dr. Burgoyne and his colleagues have meticulously mapped the anatomic changes that characterize glaucoma. Their work is creating clinical tools to recognize glaucoma sooner and eventually to prevent the damage that it causes.
“There are more than 200,000 ophthalmologists in the world. They include one who has been knighted, Nobel laureates, heads of departments, editors of major journals, and leaders in the biotechnology industry,” said Jim Rosenbaum, MD, Chief of Ophthalmology at Legacy Devers Eye Institute. “To work out of a private eye institute in Portland, Oregon, and to be ranked 15th is a remarkable achievement.”
Before coming to Legacy Devers Eye Institute, Dr. Burgoyne was the director of the Glaucoma Service and the interim Chief of Ophthalmology at Louisiana State University in New Orleans. He was recruited to work with a highly accomplished group of investigators at the Legacy Devers' Discoveries in Sight research laboratories in 2005. His work has been supported by the National Eye Institute since 1997 and the Legacy Good Samaritan Research Foundation since his arrival at Legacy Devers.
Legacy Devers Eye Institute is part of Legacy Health, which has six hospitals plus dedicated children's care offered at Randall Children's Hospital. Legacy Devers Eye Institute has three campuses in Portland: clinical offices at Legacy Good Samaritan and Legacy Emanuel Medical Center and a research arm at Legacy Research Institute.
Click here to see Dr. Burgoyne on The Ophthalmologist's Power 100.