Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

  • Frederick C. Blodi Chair in Ophthalmology 

    F. C. Blodi

    Dr. Blodi was born and educated in Vienna, Austria. After being brought to the U.S. through the “War Bride’s Act” by his school-girl friend from kindergarten and wife Ottilie (Otty) he settled in New York City. Ironically, it was at the Harkness Eye Institute in NYC that Dr. Blodi met Dr. Braley who recruited him to Iowa in 1952.

    Dr. Blodi became one of the most famous ophthalmologists in the world. He was highly educated, quick-witted, and translated many ophthalmic books from German and other languages into English such as the 12 volume “History of Ophthalmology” by Hirschberg. Nearly every honor in ophthalmology was bestowed upon him as a leader, educator and ophthalmic pathologist. He was a wonderful mentor who recruited very talented faculty and residents, promoted and enjoyed their individual successes. His two children, Christopher F. Blodi, MD and Barbara Blodi, MD, are very successful ophthalmologists specializing in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery. Dr. Blodi stepped down as Head in 1984.

    Frederick Christopher Blodi, MD, (January 11, 1917 – October 30, 1996)
    Professor and Head, 1967 – 1983


    The first appointee to the Chair was Robert Folberg, MD, PhD. (June 1991 - January 2000)

    The Chair is currently held by Wallace L.M. Alward, MD (Sept 2006)

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