Stephen J. Ryan, MD, honored with the Laureate Recognition Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2012, died April 29 after a short illness.
Ryan, 72, served as a member of the Allergan board of directors. He had announced his retirement in January, which was to take effect April 30.
“Steve, in all his modesty, was one of the greatest retinal surgeons and worldwide ophthalmic experts and, in fact, trained many of today’s global leaders in ophthalmology,” David E.I. Pyott, Allergan president and CEO, said in a news release.
According to the AAO, Ryan helped formulate the manner in which vitreoretinal disorders are treated, particularly in terms of choroidal neovascularization and traumatic traction retinal detachment.
Ryan also served as president of the Doheny Eye Institute and as dean of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. He was founding president of the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research and a long-time member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences.