January 12, 2011
Grant M. Comer, M.D., earns career development professorship
ANN ARBOR, MI - Grant M. Comer, M.D., member of the Retina Service at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, has been named the Edward T. and Ellen K. Dryer Career Development Professor in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.
Career development professorships are awarded to junior faculty members for five years, after which they are given to another junior faculty member launching a promising research project.
“This valuable award will provide the opportunity to diminish vision loss by developing a number of clinical research studies based at Kellogg,” said Dr. Comer. He plans to use the five-year professorship to develop alternative treatment regimens for retinal diseases, including AMD. He also plans to study the cost-effectiveness of vitreoretinal care and maximize patient satisfaction through multimedia-based patient education.
In his clinical practice, Dr. Comer specializes in diseases and surgery of the retina, including diagnosis and treatment of ocular melanoma, retinal detachments, diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, retinal vascular disease and ocular trauma.
Dr. Comer earned his M.D. (2001) and completed his residency (2005) at Indiana University. He completed a fellowship in Retina, Uveitis, and Ocular Oncology and then joined the faculty at Kellogg in 2007.
The Dryer Professorship was established by the Dryer Foundation, which was formed through the estate of the Dryers, who lived in Detroit and passed away within months of each other in 2010. Mr. Dryer, an international banking executive, was struck with blindness in the middle of his career. Mrs. Dryer was an advertising pioneer who served as the first female media director at W.B. Doner & Company.