Awards : Hall of Fame Award

Steven Charles, M.D. ’69

Steven Charles, M.D. ’69 attended engineering school at the University of Miami, North Carolina State and the University of Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine in 1969 and was honored as Best Student Clinical Years. Charles was involved in research at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute during all four years of medical school, straight medical internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital and residency in ophthalmology. He completed his eye residency at Bascom Palmer and went on to be a clinical associate at the National Eye Institute (NEI).

Charles is board certified in ophthalmology and a member of the Retina Society, American Society of Retinal Specialists, the Macular Society, the Club Jules Gonin, the Academy of Ophthalmology and many engineering societies. During the period at the NEI and throughout his career, he has developed many techniques and technologies in use worldwide for vitreoretinal surgery. He has 16 issued patents and many pending. Charles has performed over 17,000 operations, lectured and operated in over 30 countries and written a leading textbook in the field.

Charles is clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and an adjunct associate professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Memphis and the University of Tennessee. Charles has delivered over 800 lectures at regional, national and international meetings and received many honors. He has given nine named lectures and was honored as the first recipient of the Vitreous Society Founder Medal. Charles received the Herman Wacker Prize of the Club Jules Gonin and gave the Edward WD Norton lecture at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.