September 25, 2013
Christine C. Nelson, M.D., awarded Professorship in Eye Plastics and Orbital Surgery
Christine C. Nelson, M.D.
Christine C. Nelson, M.D., FACS, a member of the Eye Plastic, Orbital & Facial Cosmetic Surgery Clinic at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center, has been awarded the Bartley R. Frueh, M.D. and Frueh Family Collegiate Professorship in Eye Plastics and Orbital Surgery.
Dr. Frueh and his wife, Cheryl, established the Lloyd and Virginia Frueh Research Professorship in Eye Plastics and Orbital Surgery in May 2007. This title was later changed to include Dr. (Bartley) Frueh’s name in 2010, after he unexpectedly passed away. Establishing a professorship in his parents’ names meant a great deal to Dr. Frueh, as it created a lasting tribute to the values of education, hard work, and beneficence that they instilled in him. Dr. Frueh dedicated his life to helping individuals with eye disease, and was a distinguished faculty member as well as a special friend, colleague, and mentor to many, including Dr. Nelson.
Under this professorship, Dr. Nelson will have more time to devote to teaching, mentorship, and research. In particular, she will have the opportunity to advance her work on congenital anophthalmia and vitamin A, which has the potential to help families with a genetic history of this eye birth defect around the world.
“I am very humbled to be named the first Bartley R. Frueh, M.D. and Frueh Family Collegiate Professorship in Eye Plastics and Orbital Surgery, an honor that will keep Dr. Frueh's memory alive,” says Dr. Nelson. “He was a great teacher and mentor to all of us at the Kellogg Eye Center. It was a privilege to know and work with him.”
Dr. Nelson’s clinical areas of interest and expertise are in the evaluation and treatment of adult and pediatric patients with disorders of the eyelid and orbital disease. Her research interests include histological studies of the muscles of the eyelids, genetics of anophthalmia and microphthalmia, and oncology of the lid and orbit. Dr. Nelson is internationally renowned for her clinical and academic work, receiving the Wendell Hughes Lectureship – the highest honor – from the American Society of Ophthalmic and Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, and American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2012.
Dr. Nelson earned her medical degree at the University of Cincinnati and completed an ophthalmology residency at Duke University Eye Center. She then completed a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, followed by an oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. In 1985, Dr. Nelson joined the faculty at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, as Assistant Professor, Eye Plastic, Orbital and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Ophthalmology. She was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 1992. In 2006, Dr. Nelson joined the Department of Surgery, Section of Plastic Surgery. She was promoted to Professor, Eye Plastic, Orbital and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Ophthalmology, and the Department of Surgery, Section of Plastic Surgery, University of Michigan in 2009. Dr. Nelson was appointed the first section leader in oculoplastics last year by Paul P. Lee, M.D., J.D. This service was founded by Dr. Frueh in 1979.
Written by Barbara Wylan Sefton