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James Salz, MD, founding editor of the Journal of Refractive Surgery, dies


March 29, 2022

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James J. Salz, MD, a leading ophthalmologist and founder of the Refractive Surgery Journaldied March 19. He was 82 years old.

Salz graduated from Duke University School of Medicine in 1965 and served in the United States Navy as a staff ophthalmologist, where he attained the rank of lieutenant commander.

Salz was among the first group of surgeons to implant IOLs in cataract surgery and was a principal investigator in 12 FDA clinical trials that ultimately led to approval of lasers used in LASIK and other procedures. .

In addition to his 3 years as editor-in-chief of the Refractive Surgery Journal from 1985 to 1988, Salz was a member of several ophthalmological organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the International Society of Refractive Surgeons.

Salz was a clinical professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at USC’s Keck School of Medicine for more than 40 years. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles, authored 20 textbook chapters, and made over 250 meeting presentations. His awards included the ISRS Barraquer Award and the AAO Lifetime Achievement Award.