Ophthalmology Resident-Alumni / Mission Day
Richard G. Gieser, MD, World Service Lecture
Richard Gieser, MD
Richard G. Gieser, MD
Faculty Member, Department of Ophthalmology for thirty years (1978-2008)
Dr. Gieser received his medical degree from Baylor University in Houston, Texas. He completed his residency at the Illinois University Eye and Ear Infirmary and a fellowship in retinal and vitreous surgery at Cornell- New York Hospital.

Dr. Gieser was born in China where his father was a missionary doctor. Following his father’s example, Dr Gieser has made annual trips to underserved communities around the world to help those with visual loss. Moreover he has volunteered over many years as a “missionary teacher” in numerous medical schools abroad. He has brought his expertise as a retina physician and his Christian spiritual message to medical schools in China, India, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Romania, Nigeria, Uganda, Siberia, and Afghanistan.

As a member of the Department of Ophthalmology for 30 years (1978-2008) Richard Gieser, MD, provided significant leadership and support for the department’s tradition for active engagement in ophthalmic care to the world community.

Richard G. Gieser, MD, World Service Lecture
May Khadem, MD, Richard Gieser, MD, Eileen Gable, OD and David Yoo, MD

Dr Gieser’s commitment, enthusiasm, and dedication for world service serve as an example to all physicians and nonphysicians alike. His energy and passion for lifelong learning have served to inspire faculty and residents.

The Richard Gieser World Service Lecture will serve as a tribute to his dedication to those in need of eye care and throughout the world as well as to his commitment to resident education in the Department of Ophthalmology.

Date Name, Title & Affiliation Presentation(s)  
6/13/14 Timothy J. Kietzman, MD
Wheaton Eye Clinic
Wheaton, IL
“Gilgit Eye Hospital: Bringing Honor to Shamed“ Timothy J. Kietzman, MD
6/14/13 Steven O. Anderson, MD
Clinical Instructor,
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis, MN
“… The World’s Eye Care …“ Steven O. Anderson, MD
6/15/12 Robert Alan Rice, MD, FACS
Medical Director
San Antonio, TX
“Life Journeys, My Evolving Mission Experience” Robert Alan Rice, MD, FACS
6/17/11 Linda Lawrence, MD
Private Practice
Salina, KS
“The Changing Pattern of Childhood Blindness at Home and Abroad.”  
6/18/2010 Geoffrey Tabin, MD
Director of the International Ophthalmology Division
Moran Eye Center
The University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT


"Impossible Dreams: Eradicating World Blindness" Geoffrey Tabin, MD - 2010
6/19/2009 Devin Harrison, MD
“2008 American Academy of Ophthalmology Outstanding Humanitarian Award Recipient”
Ophthalmology Columbia River Eye Center
Richland, WA

“Medical Missions in Nigeria and Small Incision Cataract Surgery” Devin Harrison, MD - 2009
6/13/2008 May Khadem, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

“The Global Challenge of Blindness” May Khadem, MD - 2008