CHU--Chin Wing, MD. The Board of Directors, Medical Advisory Board and Staff of The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration are extremely saddened by the sudden passing of their long-time Medical Director Chin Wing Chu, MD and extend their heartfelt condolences to his wife Gloria and son, Robbie. For the past 30 years, Dr. Chu performed the extensive duties of being the medical director of the world's first eye bank, helping to guarantee the distribution of safe, quality donor eye tissue for cornea transplants and other sight-saving ocular surgeries. Since he assumed the role in 1982, it was to The Eye-Bank's benefit and all those individuals who received the beautiful gift of sight through his tenure that he dedicated the same degree of excellence and the highest of standards to this volunteer position as he did in his professional, private practice as a highly-esteemed and prominent ophthalmologist and corneal surgeon. Nationally and internationally, he offered the same wisdom and dedication to forums on the treatment of corneal disease and the field of ophthalmology and eye banking through the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) for which he served on the Medical Advisory Board and as Chair of the Association (1998-2000). In 2004 he received the Paton Award, the highest award bestowed on ophthalmologists by the EBAA. Five years ago, in celebration of his 25 years of dedication to the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration, the Wing Chu Professional Education Award was founded to help continue his legacy of increasing awareness of the field of eye banking among corneal surgeons. The Eye-Bank will forever miss Wing's expertise in medicine, generosity in leadership, and large doses of wisdom and counsel. The miracle of sight restoration occurred for countless men, women and children through the years thanks to the skill and dedication of Wing Chu, M.D. With deepest sympathy, Patricia Dahl, Executive Director/CEO, Joseph J. D Ambrosio, President, Board of Directors, Sid Mandelbaum, M.D., Chair, Medical Advisory Board The Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration, Inc.
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Published in The New York Times on May 4, 2012