Deborah Pavan Langston, MD
BIOGRAPHY After nearly 50 years working and studying at Mass. Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School, Dr. Langston retired at the end of June 2015. A graduate of Cornell University Medical College, Dr. Deborah Pavan Langston was the first woman to complete ophthalmology residency training at Harvard, and the first female fellow in Dr. Claes Dohlman’s corneal fellowship program. She was also among the first to study the efficacy and toxicity profiles of antivirals in animal models, later translating these findings successfully to humans. During her tenure, she made seminal contributions to the Department and to the broader field of ophthalmology through clinical care, research and teaching. Her clinical and laboratory research deepened our understanding of herpetic diseases of the anterior segment and greatly improved patient care. Additionally, she was the first to report on many related diseases and treatments, including pain management, and her data contributed to the FDA approval of three drugs for the treatment of blinding corneal herpetic disease. Dr. Langston’s single-authored text, The Manual of Ocular Diagnosis and Therapy, comprises six editions and has been published in seven languages. During her distinguished career, she received several of the highest awards given in ophthalmology for her work and played a vital role mentoring and teaching trainees at all levels.