SALISBURY, MD – AZAR Eye Institute (AEI) today announced Dr. Alex Azar has been awarded the Allan D. Jensen Part-Time Faculty Teaching award for the 2010/2011 academic year. Dr. Azar was nominated for the award by medical students attending the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. This is the second consecutive year Dr. Azar has received the award.
“The time I spend at Johns Hopkins is just as rewarding and valuable to me as it is to the students,” said Dr. Alex Azar. “We learn from each other. Being a private practitioner, my goal has always been to provide a way for the students to learn from “real world” experiences and help them understand the involvement and relationships they will form with their peers and their patients.”
Dr. Azar has been teaching medical students at Johns Hopkins for 16 years. During 2010 he delivered four lectures to second year students on diabetic eye changes, macular degeneration, sarcoidosis and laser vision correction of the eye. Dr. Azar also taught general medical students how to perform eye examinations on live patients and instructed those interested in pursuing a career in ophthalmology how to use the slit lamp and other specialized lenses used to examine the eye.
“I believe no one is more deserving of this award than Alex,” said Allan Jensen, M.D. “He brings wit, knowledge and experience to the classroom and the students identify with him. I admire him.”
Each department at Johns Hopkins develops its own training programs for students and residents. Years ago, the leaders of Wilmer recognized the importance of involving part-time volunteer private practitioners. This allows the students to see patients in private doctors’ offices and learn about running a private practice, how to see patients with a variety of problems and how to interact with patients and staff.
“In the seven years I have known Alex, he has been our most dedicated part-time faculty member,” said Dr. Albert Jun. “He is always able to connect well with the students and is a very devoted teacher.” Dr. Albert Jun presented the award to Dr. Azar at the Wilmer Residents Association meeting at Johns Hopkins on Friday, June 3, 2011.
About Dr. Alex Azar
Dr. Azar has practiced ophthalmology in Salisbury since 1976. The same year he introduced microscopic eye surgery to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, performed the first intraocular lens implant and the first trabeculectomy for glaucoma patients in the Salisbury area. Dr. Azar was also instrumental in shortening the hospital stay for cataract surgery patients from the state average of six days to one and a half days. He also accomplished the first phacoemulsification with insertion of a foldable lens implant in the 1980’s. He has been instrumental in recruiting many of the current eye care professional to the shore.
In addition to his work in ophthalmology, Dr. Azar has published more than thirty scientific papers based on research he carried out as a doctor at the Haskell Laboratory of the E.I. DuPont Company. He was the first health care professional appointed to the Maryland Health Care Access and Cost Commission by former Governor William Donald Schaefer. Dr.Azar has served as a past president of the Maryland State Medical Society and has been on the Board of Directors of The Center for a Healthy Maryland, the Board of the local YMCA, the Board of the Wicomico Humane Society and more recently the Board of Horizons at The Salisbury School. He is also very active in the Greater Salisbury Committee and is a 32nd degree Mason.