Glickman family creates chair in ophthalmology at Health Science Center


A new chair at the Health Science Center will support research of the eye and diseases that threaten sight, the university announced today. The chair is made possible by a $500,000 gift.

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 School of Medicine. 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. Glickman’s 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.

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