This past Friday, October 21, 2022, we learned with great sadness of the passing of Michael T. Trese, MD, one of our 2021/2022 Retina Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award honorees, and a true giant of retina.
Widely considered the father of modern pediatric vitreoretinal surgery, he revolutionized pediatric vitreoretinal surgery with the concept of lens sparing vitrectomy in the late 1980s. His techniques are performed worldwide and have preserved and restored sight in thousands of children.
As colleagues, friends, and those who have had the privilege of working and training with him, we know that Mike not only had the greatest expertise and most masterful skills when it came to difficult retinal diseases, he was also the most empathetic, kind, and compassionate doctor, beloved by his patients, and their families. He was passionate about his work, and he brought that passion along to every OR, every meeting, and every encounter. That passion, and his unmatched sense of humor, made every day that had a little bit of Mike Trese sprinkled in that much better for anyone he came in contact with. His legacy will live on forever. May he rest in peace.
“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”
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