(Extensions of Remarks - October 13, 2011)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Pages E1847-E1848]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]

                    A TRIBUTE TO DR. DOUGLAS LAZZARO


                          HON. EDOLPHUS TOWNS-

                              of new york

                    in the house of representatives

                       Thursday, October 13, 2011

  Mr. TOWNS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute and to honor Mr. 
Douglas Lazzaro for his exceptional service to Brooklyn and the Greater 
New York area in the field of corneal transplantation and other complex 
corneal surgeries.
  Dr. Lazzaro, the Richard C. Troutman M.D. Distinguished Chair in 
Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Microsurgery, serves as Professor and 
Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate. Dr. 
Lazzaro received his MD degree and his residency training in 
ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate and then completed a cornea and 
refractive surgery fellowship at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat 
Hospital and Cornell Medical Center.
  Dr. Lazzaro has been involved in residency training since 1994 and 
has served in a variety of roles since then. He was director of 
surgical training at the Kings County Hospital Center for a decade and 
has been its Chief of Ophthalmology from 2001 to the present time. This 
eye service is the largest in the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation 
and currently sees over 27,000 outpatients regularly. In addition to 
being responsible for the design of the clinic, Dr. Lazzaro has been 
serving as President of the Medical Board at Kings county since 2010.
  The ophthalmology residency that Dr. Lazzaro directs is one of the 
largest in the United States and is recognized as one of the top 
training programs in the NYC area. Dr. Lazzaro serves on the board of 
the Eye Bank for Sight Restoration and the NY Society for Clinical 
Ophthalmology, and was recently elected to the NY Ophthalmic Laser 
  Dr. Lazzaro has also been the recipient of many other awards 
including: Attending of the

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Year in Ophthalmology at Kings County Hospital Center in 2002 and 2007, 
and Attending of the Year in Ophthalmology at SUNY Downstate Medical 
Center in 2003 and was the recipient of the Community Service Award for 
Visions/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired in 2007, he has 
been elected to New York Super Doctors in 2008, 2009, and 2010 and was 
elected a lifetime member of Swathmore's Who's Who. Dr. Lazzaro also 
received the Outstanding Faculty Award from the Daniel Hale Williams 
Society at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in 2010.
  Mr. Speaker, I would like to recognize Dr. Douglass Lazzaro for his 
contribution to the health of Brooklyn residents.