Keeler: Helping Young Ophthalmologists Financially for 50 Years

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Richard Scawn (centre) with his mentors Dr. Kikkawa (left) and Dr. Korn (right).

Since Keeler established its Scholarship Trust in 1967 to mark the company’s 50th anniversary, and its Fellowship Award in 1989 to enable a young ophthalmologist to study a specialised area of ophthalmology for up to a year, 100 people have benefited, with 16 Fellowships awarded. Administered by the Royal College of Ophthalmologists, the Fellowship is awarded every second year.

Professor Philip Bloom, a Trustee of the Keeler Scholarship, was one of its first recipients. It enabled him to fund his Glaucoma Fellowship at Moorfields and the Western Eye Hospital, setting up his career as Consultant in a Sub-Speciality.

“The Keeler Scholarship is one of the most prestigious awards in the field of ophthalmology,” commented Professor Bloom. “The fact that it is a substantial amount and has been consistent for so many years demonstrates the breadth and depth of Keeler’s
commitment to medical education and to the industry.”

Richard Scawn’s 2012 Fellowship award supported an oculoplastic and reconstructive fellowship at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) where he gained technical surgical skills and clinical experience under international experts, Dr Kikkawa and Dr Korn. Richard is now passing those skills onto to the next generation of ophthalmologists.

“I’ve always felt a profound responsibility to make the best of the training opportunity the award has afforded me. I’m training as an oculoplastic fellow in Buckinghamshire; I am an instructor at ‘wet lab’ surgical training at the American Academy of Ophthalmology;
and an editor of Eyewiki. There is no doubt the award and my fellowship at UCSD were instrumental in helping me achieve these things,” said Richard.

Commenting on the awards, Keeler’s Managing Director Abbas Sotoudeh said: “From Keeler’s perspective, we are absolutely committed to these awards as they play an instrumental role in helping young ophthalmologists get a head start in their careers, enabling them to go on and perform an important service to society as a whole.”

2 Responses to “Keeler: Helping Young Ophthalmologists Financially for 50 Years”

  1. Dr Saurabh Mundhada says:

    Keeler is hallmark for quality
    Interseted in learning and delivering such quality care to my patients
    how to apply for fellowship programme and further details please
    Thanking Keeler Team
    DR Saurabh M.

  2. damian says:

    Dear Dr Saurabh Mundhada

    Thank you for your comment. Someone from Keeler will be in touch with you in due course.

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