Columbia’s Dr. William F. Smith is a pioneer in the field of eye care, and he’s in the middle of a comeback story.
(Photo: Columbias Eye Care)The doctor who pioneered eye care at a time when the nation was grappling with a chronic shortage of eye specialists was named one of the top doctors in the nation by the Washington Post.
He’s also a pioneer of columbias eye care.
As a pediatric ophthalmologist in Columbo, Smith pioneered the care of children with congenital defects in the 1990s, according to his bio on ColumbiCare.org, a website that tracks the growth of the eye care industry in the U.S.
In an interview with the Times-Union, Smith said he has seen improvements in eye health in the state of Columbus, and that he’s had many patients with eye problems that were never seen before.
Columbia is a small, mostly rural town in the central U.M. where a doctor named Dr. Samuel Smith was a pioneer.
He pioneered columbiomas eye care in the mid-1990s, helping patients who had eye conditions that were not seen at the time of their birth, and helping them with corrective lenses.
He was also a prominent voice in the fight against the corneal transplant.
He also played a key role in the development of the modern ophthalmic surgical technique.
“If you were born with corneas, there’s a pretty good chance you’re going to get corneosplasia,” Smith told the Times Union in 2005.
“If you’re born with no cornea, there is no way to get it.
It’s not something that you can change, and it’s not anything you can do about.”
Smith died in 2009 at the age of 82, the Times U. and Columbiaco News outlets reported.
He is survived by his wife, Janice, and three daughters.
He was born in Columbisia and moved to the U of M when he was a student at the school.
The news of his death sparked an outpouring of grief, but the community rallied around his efforts.
Smith, a member of the Columbian Medical Association, said he had a dream to be a physician and that was a dream he had for a long time.
He had always been interested in medical school, but it was something that was just a dream of mine, and a dream that was something I could do, and I just wanted to be one of those doctors, Smith told reporters in a news conference Monday.
“I don’t think I was born with the ability, the desire or the opportunity to become a doctor,” he said.
“But I have the ability and the desire to be able to be successful in the eye industry.”
He also spoke about his family.
He said his mother, Janis, and his father, William, who died in 2007, were both physicians.
“We have been blessed in life, and we have a great mother and father, and so, I have no doubt in my mind that we’re going be blessed in the eyes industry,” Smith said.
The newspaper reported that Smith had been a physician for 18 years before his career changed.
“He was very successful as a doctor, and in the years after he retired, he also started to be an entrepreneur,” the paper reported.
“In recent years, he’s become one of New York City’s leading medical directors and, with the support of his wife Janice and daughter, has been helping to develop new treatments and products.”
Smith had been in a coma for several weeks when he died.
His daughter, who is the owner of a private eye practice in the Columbo area, told the paper she was shocked by the news.
“It was a miracle that we were able to come out and get him,” she told the newspaper.
“The doctors in Columby were kind of shocked and disappointed, and then he was brought out and he was very much alive and well.”
I don, of course, think I had anything to do with it.”