Joshua D. Stein, M.D., M.S., Receives the Research to Prevent Blindness Physician-Scientist Award
Joshua D. Stein, M.D., M.S., a glaucoma specialist and researcher at Kellogg, was awarded the prestigious Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) Physician-Scientist Award. The award is given to distinguished physician-scientists who are nationally recognized in their subspecialty and extensively engaged in eye research.
Dr. Stein, a health services researcher, primarily studies patterns of eye care, racial disparities in eye care, the quality of well-being of patients with eye diseases, and the clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness of ophthalmic interventions. His investigations use enormous health care databases, an approach that provides data for a greater and more diverse group of patients than can be captured in most traditional clinical studies.
"By studying large groups of patients from across the United States and following them for many years, we can learn a great deal about the care patients receive for various ocular conditions and whether particular differences in care — for example, in the type, timing, or amount of treatment, the setting in which the care is delivered, or the characteristics of the patient or the provider — affect patient outcomes," says Dr. Stein. "The findings generated from this type of research can play a pivotal role in shaping future health policy."
RPB is the leading voluntary health organization supporting eye research directed at the prevention, treatment or eradication of all diseases that threaten vision. In pursuit of this objective, RPB has committed hundreds of millions of dollars in grant support to provide scientific manpower, technological equipment, and eye research laboratory facilities. As a result, RPB researchers have been associated with nearly every major breakthrough in the understanding and treatment of the loss of vision across the past 50 years. For information on RPB, RPB-funded research, eye disorders, and the RPB Grants Program, go to www.rpbusa.org.
Written by Barbara Wylan Sefton