Annual Fall Cataract / Glaucoma Symposium
John J. Skowron, MD, Distinguished Professorship
 John J. Skowron, MD
John J. Skowron, MD
Generours Benefactor and University Friend
Loyola University Chicago,
Stritch School of Medicine,
Class of 1942
The late John J. Skowron, MD, was raised on the near north side of Chicago, attending first St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church and then St. Constance Catholic Church, a parish his grandfather helped to found. He attended Weber High School and Wright Junior College before attending Loyola University for two years to complete his pre-med work.
Dr. Skowron attended Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, graduating in June 1942. He completed his internship at Cook County Hospital in its heyday.

Dr. Skowron went into the service, spending 14 months working in a hospital at Hammerfield Air Force Base in Fresno, California. December 16, 1944 found Dr. Skowron working as a battalion surgeon in the infantry during the Battle of the Bulge. He continued as a battalion surgeon seeing active battle until the war ended in June 1945.

Returning home, Dr. Skowron completed his ophthalmology residency at Cook County Hospital, followed by a nine-month course in ophthalmology at Northwestern University. Dr. Skowron opened an office in Chicago's Jefferson Park neighborhood beginning what would be a 40-year practice in ophthalmology, with a special interest in cataracts and glaucoma. During this time he became a faculty member at Northwestern University and continued in this capacity for many years.

Skowron Family
The John J. Skowron, MD Family

Dr. Skowron had a keen interest in the education of our ophthalmology residents and his support of our program is an expression of his positive memories of Loyola. His generosity enabled the creation of the John J. Skowron, M.D. Resident Education Room in the Department of Ophthalmology. The Skowron Room is specially designed for conferences and case presentations.

Dr. Skowron also endowed the John J. Skowron, M.D. Distinguished Visiting Professorship, which is held twice each year. Each conference features a prominent subspecialist in ophthalmology, who discusses a current research or clinical topic in their field. Faculty and residents alike benefit from the lectureship established through Dr. Skowron’s generosity, and the Department of Ophthalmology is deeply grateful for his support.

John J. Skowron, M.D., 90 years of age, passed away on Thursday, January 17, 2008. He was one of the earliest eye surgeons in the Chicago land area to perform lens implantation surgery. He leaves behind a medical legacy that few could surpass. He and his family were very dedicated, loyal and generous benefactors to his alma mater, Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine. He was a devoted family man, devout Roman Catholic, fond of traveling around the world, gardening at his home and playing golf and tennis. The world is grateful for his many years of dedication to his patients and his outstanding compassionate, humanitarian and philanthropic commitment to providing both patient care and teaching.

Date Name, Title & Affiliation Presentation(s)  
9/27/2014 Stephen C. Kaufman, MD, PhD
Professor and Vice-Chairman of Ophthalmology
State University of
New York-Downstate
Brooklyn and Manhattan, NY
"The Evolution and Future of Refractive Surgery: Have we Learned from our Successes and Failures?"


Stephen C. Kaufman, MD, PhD

Uday Devgan, MD, FACS
Chief of Ophthalmology
Olive View UCLA Medical Center
Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology
Jules Stein Eye Institute
UCLA School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

“Challenging Cataract Cases" (Part 1)

"Challenging Cataract Cases” (Part 2)

Uday Devgan, MD, FACS
9/15/2012 Anthony Aldave, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
The Jules Stein Eye Institute
Los Angeles, CA
“Cataract Surgery in the Patient with Corneal Disease: Pearls and Pitfalls.” (Part 1)

“Cataract Surgery in the Patient with corneal Disease: Pearls and Pitfalls.” (Part 2)

Sadeer B. Hannush, MD - 2011
9/10/2011 Sadeer B. Hannush, MD
Wills Eye Institute
Assistant Professor
Philadelphia, PA
“Management of the Subluxated IOL” Sadeer B. Hannush, MD - 2011
9/11/2010 Thomas Oetting, MD
Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
The University of Iowa, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
"Two Things You Need To Know How To Do Well: Anterior Vitrectomy and How To Convert To ECCE" Thomas Oetting, MD
9/12/2009 Bonnie Henderson, MD
Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston
Waltham, Massachusetts
"Controversies in Cataract Surgery”
“Blue Blocking IOLs – Helpful or Harmful?"
Bonnie Henderson, MD - 2009
3/4/2009 Jill Foster, MD, FACS
Associate Clinical Professor
The Ohio State UniversityThe Eye Center of Columbus
“Lower Eyelid Retraction and Graded Surgical Techniques of Correction.”
“Botulinum Toxin and Soft Tissue Fillers for the Ophthalmologist.”
Jill Foster, MD, FACS
3/5/2008 Bret L. Fisher, MD
Medical Director
Eye Center of North Florida
Panama City, FL
Medical Director
The Laser and Surgery Center
Panama City, FL
“Bifocal Intraocular Lenses.” Bret L. Fisher, MD - 2008
3/5/2008 Richard M. Davis, MD
Professor and Chair
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Department of Ophthalmology
Director of Education, Palmetto Health Ophthalmology
"Preliminary Epi-LASIK Results with the Bausch and Lomb XP Microkeratome – Parts I & II" Richard M. Davis, MD - 2008
3/7/2007 Yasmine Bradfield, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Residency Program Director, School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
"Use of Sweep Visual Evoked Potential Testing in a Pediatric Eye Clinic" Yasmine Bradfield, MD - 2007
12/6/2006 Michael Belin, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology Director, Cornea & Refractive Surgery, Albany Medical College Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
"Understanding Corneal Topography: What Are We Really Measuring?"

"Keratoconus and Ectasia Detection"

Michael Belin, MD
3/8/2006 Robert Folberg, MD, FCAP
The Frances B. Geever Professor & Head of the Department of Pathology; Director, The Theobald Laboratory of the UIC Eye & Ear Infirmary
"Beyond Genes: Promising Approaches to the Diagnosis, Classification and Treatment of Uveal Melanoma" Robert Folberg, MD, FCAP - 2006
12/14/2005 Thomas R. Mizen, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology Rush Medical College Chicago, Illinois
"The Changing Profile of Ishemic Optic Neuropathy"

"The Atypical Optic Neuropathies: Infiltrative and Inflammatory"

Thomas R. Mizen, MD - 2005
3/9/2005 Christine C. Nelson, MD, FACS
Eye Plastic, Orbital & Facial Cosmetic Surgery Associate Professor Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
"What's New in Cutaneous Melanoma? Diagnosis and Treatment."

"Congenital Ptosis"

Christine C. Nelson, MD, FACS - 2005
3/10/2004 Alan Y. Chow, MD
Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer Optobionics Corporation Clinical Assistant Professor Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center Chicago, Illinois
"The Artificial Silicon Retina Microchip for the Treatment of Retinitis Pigmentosa" Alan Y. Chow, MD - 2004