Dr. Das Appointed Ophthalmology Division Chief

Jorge Wernly, M.D., chair for the UNM School of Medicine Department of Surgery, has announced that Arup Das, M.D., Ph.D., has accepted the position of Division Chief for Ophthalmology.

Das is an Associate Professor in the UNM Department of Surgery. He joined the UNM Department of Surgery faculty in 1995 as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology; in 2001 he was promoted to Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Cell Biology and Physiology and serves as the director, Retina Service.

"We are pleased Dr. Das has accepted this position. He is an example for our faculty: a busy clinician, a dedicated teacher and a successful researcher," said Wernly. "His research projects in retinal diseases have strengthened the Ophthalmology Division and are providing hope for New Mexicans who suffer from the complications of diabetes."

Das received his M.D. from the University of Calcutta (India) in 1980 as well as an M.S. in Ophthalmology in 1983. He received a Ph.D. in Physiology in 1986 from the Medical College of Ohio, Toledo. He served as a research associate at Wayne State University in Detroit as a research scientist and as an ophthalmology resident at the Kresge Eye Institute, W.S.U. in Detroit. He then worked as a Vitreo-Retinal Fellow at the Dohney Eye Institute at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles.

Dr. Das is actively involved in research work on pharmacological approaches to angiogenesis seen in retinal diseases like diabetic retinopathy and macular degeneration. His research is supported by the National Institutes of Health and American Diabetes Association.

Contact: Cindy Foster, 272-3322

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