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Dr. Neeru Gupta honoured

Toronto, November 4, 2015

By Leslie Shepherd

Dr. Neeru Gupta
Dr. Neeru Gupta

Dr. Neeru Gupta, director of the Glaucoma Unit at St. Michael’s Hospital, is the first Canadian and the first woman to be appointed to the Board of Governors of the World Glaucoma Association, the international body devoted to education and awareness of one of the leading causes of blindness.

Dr. Gupta, an ophthalmologist who is also a scientist in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, has also been appointed to the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, which is regarded as the most prestigious international academic organization in ophthalmology.

The organization limits active membership to 73 individuals, including some of the most acclaimed ophthalmologists in the world. The AOI is “committed to excellence in education, research and culturally appropriate medical services to preserve and restore vision for people of the world.”

In addition, Dr. Gupta received the Female Professional of the Year Award from the Indo-Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

The award is given to a woman of Indian origin who has an established record of achievements in a professional practice, as assessed by her peer group and has contributed to the development of her profession and the community.

“St. Michael’s and Canada are lucky to have such an international champion for eye health,” said Dr. Arthur Slutsky, vice-president of research for St. Michael’s. “All that Neeru does from a research perspective and in the care of her patients is dedicated to understanding and treating diseases that affect eye health and cause blindness. Dr. Gupta deserves each of these tremendous honours.”

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.