2014 Kritzinger Memorial Award: Dr. William Dupps

Dr. William Dupps joined the staff of the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute in 2006 with appointments in ophthalmology, biomedical engineering, and transplantation. He also serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University and the Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering at Cleveland State University.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University, he completed an MS and a PhD in biomedical engineering at The Ohio State University under a Presidential Fellowship and earned his medical degree with honors as a fellow in the Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, a fellowship in ocular gene therapy at the National Eye Institute, and a two-year Cornea and Refractive Surgery Fellowship at the Cole Eye Institute. He specializes in refractive surgery, corneal transplantation and cataract surgery.

With funding from the National Institutes of Health and Research to Prevent Blindness and an Ohio Third Frontier Innovation Platform Award, Dr. Dupps leads one of field’s top interdisciplinary research teams in translational ocular biomechanics. His early work helped define the basic biomechanical response to corneal refractive surgery, and he has since made significant contributions to the understanding of corneal ectatic disease and the development of novel approaches to optimizing corneal surgery through computational modeling. Dr. Dupps received the Achievement Award for service to the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Distinguished Alumnus Award from The Ohio State University College of Engineering.

Dr. Dupps has been associate editor of the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery since 2007. He has published over 70 journal articles and 14 book chapters and has delivered over 100 invited presentations. He holds several patents and received the Cleveland Clinic’s first Early Career Innovation Award in 2009 for founding OptoQuest, a Cleveland Clinic company that is commercializing systems for improving corneal and refractive surgery outcomes through patient-specific structural simulation.