The History of Tulane Ophthalmology
Dr. Wiley Ross Buffington
In June of 1926, Dr. Wiley Ross Buffington (1875-1950) succeeded Dr. Feingold as chairman of the Eye Department. Dr. Buffington had been a general practitioner until 1919 and when at the age of 44. He began specialty training at the Eye, Ear, Nose, and Throat Hospital in New Orleans. In 1921, at age 46, he began the practice of ophthalmology as the junior associate of Dr. H. Dickson Bruns, who was professor of diseases of the eye at the Polyclinic. Dr. Buffington served as chairman from age 51 until he retired in 1940, at the age of 65.
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