S. Arthur Boruchoff, MD died May 28, 2013 of cardiac complications. He was born in 1925 in Boston, Massachusetts. He went to high school at Boston Latin School and later received the AB degree from Harvard College (1945), an MD (AOA) from Boston University (1951), and an MSc (in Ophthalmology) from New York University (1956). Arthur served in the US Navy and was stationed in Japan. His residency was at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary (1951-1956), on the service of Conrad Berens, MD, during which time he spent a year with the US Public Health Service, studying the vitreous body, supervised by Sir Stewart Duke-Elder and Professor Norman Ashton at the Institute of Ophthalmology, London (1954-1955). Returning to Boston, he began a clinical practice primarily concentrating in cornea and external diseases. In 1958, he became an Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology at Harvard and rose in rank through the years, becoming an Associate Professor in 1990 at Harvard and finally a Professor at Boston University. Paralleling this, Arthur served on the staff at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) and became a Surgeon in Ophthalmology in 1974. He served on the Committee on Continuing Ophthalmic Education, 1986-1989, and was on the Board of Surgeons at MEEI (1978-1984), and was Director of and President of the Medical Staff (1987-1988).

Dr Boruchoff joined the first Corneal Service and Fellowship in the United States that was founded at MEEI in1960 by Claes Dohlman, MD, PhD with Edward Sweebe, MD. Arthur and Dr Dohlman performed all of the corneal transplants on the Corneal Service. Thus began a 35-year-long association with MEEI and with Claes Dohlman.

Dr Boruchoff authored some 76 publications, primarily in the area of corneal diseases and surgery, with special interest in the corneal dystrophies, most co-authored with Dr Dohlman and the MEEI Fellows. The topic of his Castroviejo Medal presentation before the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), from which he received both Honor and Senior Honor Awards, was “Unusual Aspects of the Corneal Dystrophies” (1988). He presented several named lectures, including the John McCullough Lecture at the University of Texas, Galveston (1979) and the Albert C Snell Lectureship, Rochester, New York (1994). He was a recipient of the Paton Award from the Eye Bank Association of America (1993) and the Silver Medal from the Association for the Prevention of Blindness in Mexico (1978). In recognition of his final major academic endeavor, Dr Boruchoff was awarded First Place in the Physicians category of the American Medical Writers Association’s Medical Book Award Competition for his Anterior Segment Disease: A Diagnostic Color Atlas (2011).

Arthur was a member of many professional societies in the United States and Europe. He was on the Board of Directors of the Corneal Society, 1982-1986, and was the recipient of the Dohlman Teaching Award from that society in 2011. He served as Medical Director of the New England Eye Bank, 1968-1989. He was a member of the Health Plans Committee (1983-1986) of the AAO, a member of the Quality of Care Committee (1988), a member of the Ethics Committee (1984-1987), and Chair of the Appeal panel of the Ethics Committee (1989).

If one were to ask Dr Boruchoff what was the most pleasurable part of his professional life, I believe he would say it was, by far, teaching and working with the residents and corneal fellows. Many former residents and fellows attest to this. Several have stated that he was their role model in their own clinical practice and one of their finest mentors.

Arthur was warm, generous, totally honest, highly ethical, and had a kind word for almost everyone he knew.

Arthur was a devoted father who thoroughly enjoyed every moment with his family. His wife, Dr Anna Silverman, a radiologist, preceded him in death. He is survived by his three children, Susan, a physician specializing in infectious disease; David, a PhD specialist in medieval Spanish history; and Judith, a PhD anthropologist specializing in Mexican migration to the United States.

Ophthalmology has lost a cherished mentor and a valued friend.

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