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Merrill Grayson Senior Chair in Ophthalmology

The Merrill Grayson Chair in Ophthalmology was established in honor of Dr. Grayson and his contributions to the department and eye care throughout the nation.

In 2013, Michael Boulton, Ph.D. was appointed to the Merrill Grayson endowed senior chair. Dr. Boulton, thanks in part to this support, is the director of basic and translational research at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute.


Merrill Grayson, M.D. joined the Indiana University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of ophthalmology in 1957.

Dr. Grayson was considered a foremost authority in the study and understanding of corneal function and made many contributions to the field of ophthalmology. He pioneered the process of corneal transplantation by emphasizing the need for obtaining donor tissue and introduced the method of cryopreservation of corneal tissue. He has authored countless articles and written three textbooks, including Diseases of the Cornea, which is acknowledged as a classic and important ophthalmology text. 

Dr. Grayson served the Department of Ophthalmology as Chairman on several occasions and continued to be generous with his time and talent until his death on January 31, 2012 at age 92. 

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