Dr. Herbert Fitterman: an eye on the future
Submitted by Kris Wallace, Writing Specialist, St. Paul's Foundation
Few things are more precious to us than our eye sight. Vancouver is truly fortunate to have one of the world’s leading ophthalmology clinics right here as part of Providence Health Care. While it takes an entire team, and many years, to build a world-class facility, one of the milestones on the path to excellence for St. Paul’s eye clinic can be traced back to the University of Manitoba circa 1948. A pre-med student named Herbert Fitterman decided to become an eye surgeon instead of a brain surgeon. The reason? As an eye doctor, he would lose fewer patients and experience the joy of giving people the precious gift of sight. Over the course of his distinguished, 40-year tenure at St. Paul’s, Dr. Fitterman accomplished just that – and much more.
Read more about the doctor who literally changed the face of cataract surgery here.
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