Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Death

Academic journal article Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness

Death

Article excerpt

Muriel Isolde Kaiser-Kupfer, a researcher in genetic eye diseases and chief, until her retirement in 2004, of the Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function Branch of the U.S. National Eye Institute (NEI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), died recently after a lengthy illness. In her career, Dr. Kaiser-Kupfer experienced success in reducing visual loss associated with the rare metabolic disorders gyrate atrophy and nephropathic cystinosis. Dr. Kaiser-Kupfer graduated with an undergraduate degree from Wellesley College in 1957 and earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1961, one of only four women in the class. She completed a pediatric internship, residency, and fellowship, and served as assistant director and instructor at the Johns Hopkins University Hospital until 1968. From 1968 to 1970, she completed a residency in ophthalmology and served as a consultant in the congenital defects clinic at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. She was one of the few women physicians of her era who were board certified in both pediatrics and ophthalmology. Dr. Kaiser-Kupfer joined NEI in 1972, and, from 1974 through 2004, she served in a number of leadership roles: founding member of the NIH Medical Genetics Training Program, medical officer in NEI's Ophthalmology and Pediatrics Clinical Branch, section chief and branch chief of Ophthalmic Genetics and Visual Function, NEI representative to the NIH Inter-Institute Genetics Group, and deputy clinical director. She was the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific papers, and she mentored and inspired many medical students, residents, and fellows. …

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