Baylor College of Medicine

Knights Templar Eye Foundation gives $2M for endowed chair

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The Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc. , has gifted Baylor College of Medicine $2 million to create the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Presidential Chair in Ophthalmology. This position will assist in the development of new treatments and research for patients with diseases of the eye.

“This is a great opportunity for the Cullen Eye Institute and Baylor College of Medicine,” said Dr. Tim Stout, chair of ophthalmology and director of the eye institute. “The Knights Templar Eye Foundation is expanding their support of a partnership that has evolved over many years. We look forward to continuing this partnership, which will have dramatic effects for our patients and their families.”

The Knights Templar Eye Foundation is a national organization with a long history of support for researchers in the early stages of their career. In recent years, the foundation has awarded larger grants to endow leading research positions in the field of ophthalmology. Baylor is the third institution to receive funding at this level.

“For more than 60 years The Knights Templar Eye Foundation has dedicated itself to the preservation of sight,” said Duane Lee Vaught, grand master of the Knights Templar Eye Foundation. “In that time we have conducted a number of programs directed to that unchanged objective. In one of our more recent programs we have established Endowed Professorships. We’re very excited to now include Baylor College of Medicine in that program with great expectations of the contributions this position will make toward our goal: universal sight.”

Baylor will match the current gift of $2 million, bringing the total award to $4 million. Stout will lead the selection process for this new endowed chair.

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