Newsmaker: Dr. Joel Schuman
Noteworthy: Schuman is part of a team recognized by the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal, for its invention and development over the past 20 years of optical coherence tomography, a noninvasive technology that produces a 3-D map of the eye and has become a standard part of eye care. The foundation, which supports biomedical research, awarded the team its 1 million euro ($1.3 million) Vision Award.
Residence: Squirrel Hill
Family: Wife, Carole; daughter, Alexandra, 25; and sons, Eric, 23, and Ari, 19
Occupation: Chair of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh and director of UPMC's Eye Center
Background: Schuman completed an internship at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, a residency at the Medical College of Virginia and a fellowship at Harvard Medical School's Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. He heard about the eye mapping project while working on another experiment at Harvard.
Education: Bachelor of Arts degree from Columbia University and a medical degree from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York
Quote: "There's always a next step. We're trying to get the (eye mapping) device smaller, so we would be able to have it in a handheld instrument."
- Brian Bowling