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Corneal surgeon pledges $4M for URMC professorships

Rochester Business Journal
December 5, 2013

James Aquavella M.D. has pledged $4 million to support two University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry endowed professorships, officials said Thursday.

Aquavella is a David and Ilene Flaum Eye Institute corneal surgeon and UR ophthalmology professor.

The Catherine E. Aquavella Distinguished Professorship in Ophthalmology honors Aquavella’s late wife, who as a nurse, educator and administrator played a role in establishing UR’s Flaum Eye Institute. The pledge also supports creation of the James V. Aquavella M.D. Professorship in Ophthalmology. 

An expert in corneal transplants recognized for work in infant eye surgery, as a researcher and as teacher, Aquavella was the first U.S. fellowship-trained corneal surgeon. 

“This is a wonderful way for Dr. Aquavella to honor his wife, Kay, and to demonstrate his continued support for the missions of the Flaum Eye Institute,” said Steven Feldon M.D. , URMC Department of Ophthalmology chairman
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