It is with heavy hearts that the Lions Gift of Sight announces the death of Donald Doughman, M.D., Medical Director Emeritus of our eye bank.
Born and raised in the small Iowa town of Bussey (population 600), Dr. D. earned a music degree from Drake University in Des Moines then obtained his medical degree from the University of Iowa in 1961. After finishing his ophthalmology residency, he did a fellowship in diseases and surgery of the cornea at Harvard in Boston, specializing in corneal transplantation. He came to the University of Minnesota in September of 1972 and attended his first Lions Gift of Sight Board meeting two months later. In 1979 he became medical director of the eye bank.
As medical director, Dr. D. oversaw all medical aspects of eye bank operations, from the creation and implementation of medical policies and procedures to the training of technical staff. He ensured that the Lions Gift of Sight operated in compliance with EBAA Medical Standards at all times. Founded in 1960, Lions Gift of Sight had only one previous medical director, Dr. John Harris, in its history of operation, until Dr. Joshua Hou took over in 2015.
In addition to his work as medical director, Dr. D. served as University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology chair from 1979 to January 1990. He was co-investigator on early Photorefractive Keratectomy studies leading to present day LASIK procedures. He was president of the Contact Lens Association of America through 1997 and served as its executive vice president. He has been chief of Ophthalmology at the Minneapolis Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.
The Lions Gift of Sight is so grateful to have benefited from Dr. Donald Doughman’s knowledge, dedication, friendship, and generous personality and will miss him in our lives.