Elie Dahan, MD, a leading specialist in glaucoma, as well as pediatrics and cataract surgery, died May 6 at the age of 62. His sudden death shocked his many friends and colleagues and will leave a deep void in the ophthalmic community, where he was highly appreciated for his professional and personal qualities.
Born in French Morocco, Dahan was educated in Israel and acquired Israeli nationality by naturalization in 1962. From 1980 to 2007, he was in South Africa, where he obtained a post-doctoral degree in ophthalmology and became head of the St. John Eye Hospital and senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
In 2007, Dahan moved back to Israel, where he was senior consultant in glaucoma and pediatric ophthalmology at the Ein Tal Eye Hospital of Tel Aviv, honorary senior consultant in glaucoma and pediatric ophthalmology at Tel Aviv University and, more recently, head of the glaucoma service at Jerusalem University Hospital.
“Elie gained international recognition as a skillful surgeon, an excellent speaker and a true leader in cataract and glaucoma surgery,” Ehud I. Assia, MD, an OSN Europe Edition Board Member, said. “He was one of the pioneers in the implantation of intraocular lenses in children, in nonpenetrating glaucoma surgery and in CO2 laser-assisted sclerectomy surgery. In the early 2000s, he modified the surgical technique of the Ex-Press glaucoma mini-shunt (Alcon) by implanting the device under a scleral flap. His technique turned a failed device to one of the leading glaucoma procedures worldwide.”
Dahan was also one of the most active and reliable members of the Europe Edition of Ocular Surgery News.
His colleagues and friends will remember him for his modest, kind and friendly nature, a further sign of his greatness and value.