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Dr. Digre: Selected in Top 100 Women in Ophthalmology


The Ophthalmologist, a influential publication in the field of ophthalmology, recently featured Kathleen Digre, MD, as one of their top 100 women in ophthalmology.

In response to this honor, Dr. Digre replied, “While I am not an ‘ophthalmologist’ per se, I have been practicing neuro-ophthalmology for over 34 years. I am honored to be included in this prestigious group of women from across our country. There are MANY other deserving women in neuro-ophthalmology, and so I feel especially lucky to be included.

I am very proud that our Departments of Neurology and Ophthalmology started a full neuro-ophthalmology service here in 1987 and that, over the years, we have trained neuro-ophthalmology fellows, as well as ophthalmology and neurology residents. Our neuro-ophthalmology clinic is one of the only ones from Nevada to Iowa.

I am also proud that, as the president of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society many years ago, I partnered with the Eccles Health Sciences Library here at the University of Utah to found the Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Educational Library (NOVEL). This website is a virtual library of neuro-ophthalmology that is used by over 143 countries and receives over 28,000 queries every year.

Finally, I am proud of the research our team has done in understanding the very difficult symptoms of photophobia and eye pain and also creating a curriculum for ophthalmologists.”

We appreciate Dr. Digre, congratulate her, and honor the work she does. Whether she’s busy with the Society for the Women’s Health Research panel, presenting on neuro-ophthalmological changes in pregnancy, migraine, and women’s eye health or co-authoring a book (check out A Case-Based Guide to Eye Pain), we know she is doing her best to help others.

Thank you for all you do, Dr. Digre!