EUGENE DE JUAN was a practicing ophthalmologist for over 40 years. He was born in Puerto Rico, the son of one of the island’s first pediatricians. Following his graduation from Emory University at the age of 17, he completed Emory Medical School at the age of 21. He served an internship at Walter Reed Army Hospital and was a general medical officer in the U.S. Air Force before returning to Emory to complete his residency in ophthalmology. He set up private practice in Mobile, Alabama, where he established the first eye bank in that state. During his lifetime, Dr. de Juan was responsible for more than 100 residents who received their training in Mobile. The father of four children, he was committed to his family, friends, and community, and to the compassionate care of his patients.
With his father as a role model, EUGENE DE JUAN JR. also chose to become a doctor. He completed his residency at Wilmer and was a Hopkins faculty member between 1992 and 2001, holding the Joseph E. Green Professorship of Ophthalmology. He also co-directed the Vitreoretinal Service, and directed the Microsurgery Advanced Design Laboratory. He has founded five companies and holds patents on 40 medical devices. He is founder and vice-chairman of ForSight Labs, and holds the Jean Kelly Stock Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco. Eugene de Juan Jr.’s dedication and commitment to improving patient outcomes are the driving forces behind the establishment of this professorship, named in his father’s honor.