March 01, 2014

Alan Sugar, MD: Ophthalmologist, fly-fisherman, identical twin

Alan Sugar, MD
What do you do at UMHS?

I am an ophthalmologist sub- specializing in corneal diseases. I perform corneal transplantation, cataract and refractive surgery, and my research involves clinical trials in corneal transplantation. I teach residents and fellows, and serve as co-chair of IRBMED and vice-chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I like to help patients to see better, particularly after surgery.

When you’re not working, what do you do?

I spend time with my wife, Gail, and read novels. I like to spend several weeks each winter in Florida. I also enjoy fly-fishing, particularly in Idaho.

What moment in the lab/clinic/classroom stands out as the most memorable?

Each time a patient regains vision is memorable.

What accomplishments are you most proud of?

Raising two daughters, having a successful marriage for nearly 50 years, helping my patients and being a leader in my clinical field.

Who had the greatest influence on your career path?

My father, who was an ophthalmologist, and my residency and fellowship mentors, Steven Podos, Ronald Burde and Herbert Kaufman.

What are you currently reading?

American Pastoral by Philip Roth.

What is something your colleagues don’t know about you?

I am an identical twin. My twin brother, Joel, is on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago with a role identical to mine.