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September 17, 2001                                                                

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UCSD Pediatric Ophthalmologist David B. Granet Named Inaugural Anne Ratner Endowed Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology

David B. Granet, M.D., director of the Ratner Children’s Eye Center, has been selected to fill inaugural Anne Ratner Endowed Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology at UCSD School of Medicine. The chair, endowed by long time community volunteer and philanthropist Anne Ratner, will support teaching, research and community outreach in pediatric ophthalmology.

“This chair ensures that research, so crucial to helping children’s vision and preventing blindness will be an ongoing commitment for UCSD,” Dr. Granet said. “Anne Ratner has once again demonstrated her family’s determination to conquer childhood blindness and visions loss. Children for generations will benefit.”

“I am motivated by my concern for children to start their life free of any curable impediment to their eyesight,” Mrs. Ratner said. “The establishment of the chair ensures the continuation of the center’s meaningful service to both children and the community-at-large.”

Mrs. Ratner’s initial gift to the UCSD School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology in 1993 established the freestanding Abraham Ratner Children’s Eye Center in La Jolla at the UCSD Shiley Eye Center, named in memory of her husband, Abraham.

Additionally, Mrs. Ratner contributed the Ratner EyeMobile for Children, a retrofitted 30-foot RV that serves as an eye exam room on wheels that travels to schools, health clinics and Head Start programs throughout the country, providing free eye exams and glasses to young children.


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