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William Eric Sponsel M.D., Ch.B., FRANZCO

Current: PRIVATE PRACTICE: William Eric Sponsel MD, Professional Association

Within the William E. Sponsel, M.D., P.A Service, there are approximately 1000 visits per year, including 200 new patients.  More than 300 major glaucoma surgical procedures and 750 major glaucoma related procedures are performed yearly with an additional 287 laser procedures.  Many of these patients are highly complex referred by other glaucoma specialists, retinal, corneal and other ophthalmic subspecialists.  A high proportion of cases involve multiple procedures, many of them are highly innovative and often on the inidvidual’s only remaining seeing eye. 

 Prior University and Veterans Administration Service

1.         Inpatient:

                       Approximately 500 glaucoma-related and other surgical procedures carried out annually, serving patients from South Texas, as well as referral patients from many other states and countries.

 Breakdown:  Approximately 90 major surgical procedures on approximately 60 patients in the University Hospital per annum.  Approximately 120 laser surgeries on approximately 80 patients at the University Eye Consultants per annum.  Approximately 160 major surgical procedures on approximately 120 patients at the Santa Rosa Northwest Hospital per annum (all proceeds to University of Texas Health Science Center).  Approximately 40 major surgical procedures on approximately 30 patients at the Audie Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital per annum.  Approximately 30 laser procedures on approximately 25 patients per annum at the VAMC and approximately 60 minor surgical procedures at the University Eye Consultants per annum.

2.         Outpatient:

             Responsible for approximately 1600 outpatient visits annually at the University Eye Consultants, University Clinic Downtown, Audie L. Murphy Veterans Administration Medical Center, and elsewhere.

 Breakdown:  Approximately 800 outpatient visits per annum at the University Eye Consultants, approximately 350 outpatient visits at the VAMC per annum, approximately 450 outpatient visits at the University Eye Clinic Downtown per annum.

3.         Other: (e.g., extramural, off-campus)

             Responsible for all glaucoma-related patient care in the above-mentioned facilities, as well as on-call responsibilities at Santa Rosa Hospitals, Baptist Hospitals, and Methodist/Women’s and Children’s Hospital.  Frequent contributor to Grand Rounds activities in San Antonio and elsewhere in the U.S.

I.          GENERAL INFORMATION

A.    Education

Year

Degree

Major

Institution/Location

1986

MD

Glaucoma Research

Univ. of Bristol, England

1983

MB, ChB

Medical Research Doctorate

Univ. of Bristol, England

1978

BSc

Honors Biochemistry

Univ. of Bristol, England

B.    Postgraduate Training: (e.g., Internship, Residency, Postdoctoral Fellowship)

Year

Major

Institution/Location

1988-91

Ophthalmology Residency

Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

1986-88

Honorary Fellowship

Univ. of Wisconsin, Madison

1985-86

Clinical Research Fellow

Bristol Eye Hospital, England

C.    Academic Appointments:

Year

Position

Institution/Location

2007-2010

Staff Scientist

Southwest Research Instititute

2003-2007

Professor

UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX

2002-2003

Director, Intellectual Property Capture Program, Office of the Dean, Medical School

UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX

1999-2007

Director of Clinical Research

Ophthalmology

UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX

1999-2003

Associate Professor

UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX

1994-98

Assistant Professor

UTHSCSA, San Antonio, TX

Chief of Glaucoma Service

1991-94

Assistant Professor

Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN

D.    Other Employment: (e.g., Military, Industry, Private Practice, Hospital Appointments)

Year

Position

Institution/Location

2007-present

Staff Surgeon

Baptist and Methodist Medical Centers, San Antonio, Texas

2007-present

President

William E Sponsel MD Professional Assn

1994-2007

Staff Surgeon

UTHSCSA and Audie L. Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital, San Antonio, TX

1991-93

Staff Surgeon

Indiana University, Wishard Memorial, and Veterans Administration Hospitals, Indianapolis, IN

E.    Certification and Licensure: (State and Number)

1.     Certification:

Board

Date

American Board of Ophthalmology

05/04/1997

British General Medical Council

    Specialist Register (Ocular Surgery)

01/08/1998

American Glaucoma Society

1999

Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology

6/16/2007

2.     Licensure: (License to Practice Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, (etc.)

State

Perm/Temp

Texas

Permanent

United Kingdom

Permanent

Australia and New Zealand

Permanent

                   F.    Honors and Awards:

Awarded a Medal of Honor at the 102nd annual conference of the Egyptian Ophthalmological Society

        in Cairo, Egypt, March 12, 2004.

Mentored work by M. Kelly Green that received first prize, the Dean James J. Young Alumni

        Association Research Award, Medical Student Research Day, September 16, 2003.

Best Paper Award, 2nd International Congress on Glaucoma Surgery, Luxor, Egypt, February 2003.

American Academy of Ophthalmology 1999 Achievement Award.

Awardee 1999-2000 Fellowship Program in Academic Medicine for Minority Students.

United Kingdom nominee for Chibret International Award for Ophthalmic l Research, VII European

Congress of Ophthalmology, Helsinki, 1984

                                                Commended by Board of Medical Studies, University of Bristol, England, 1983

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery International Scholarship for study of practical applications of

Biophysics to Orthopaedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, 1982

                                                Paul Gyorgy International Prize for advances in the study of human lactation; awarded in Las Vegas,

NV, 1982

                                                Leonard Pritchard Tibbits Award for scholarship in Clinical Surgery, University of Bristol, England,

1981-82

Barret‑Roue Prize for outstanding performance in Clinical Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology,

        University of Bristol, 1981

Special Commendation for anatomical dissection, University of Bristol, England, 1980

Special Citation from Biochemistry and Biophysics Examiners for research into microbial antibiotic

resistance, University of Bristol, England, 1978

G.    Direction of Masters' Theses and Ph.D. Dissertations, Membership on Supervising Committees, and Supervision of Pre-doctoral Students and Postdoctoral Fellows: (Indicate years.)

1.     Ph.D. Dissertations Directed:

                             PhD Candidate Supervision:

        1993-94         David Evans, PhD     Psychophysics/ Physiological Optics        Indiana University

2.     Rotation Students Supervised:

Numerous (average greater than six per year annually 1991-2007).

3.     Pre-doctoral Students Supervised:

Many, including   2001-02 Anke Weber, Aachen Medical School, Germany

 1998-99 Sal Sandoval, UTHSCSA

                                                                                                                   

                 

                                         

IV.                          SERVICE

A.    Professional Affiliations:

1.     Current Professional and Scientific Organizations and Societies: (Star {*} those that require election or examination for membership.)

Organization

American Academy of Ophthalmology (Fellow*)

American Glaucoma Society (Fellow*)

General Medical Council Specialist Register (UK)*

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Royal Australian and New Zealand Academy of Ophthalmology*

International Perimetric Society

International Society of Glaucoma Surgery

American Medical Association

San Antonio Society of Ophthalmology

Texas Ophthalmologic Association

British Medical Association

Bexar County Medical Society

Prevent Blindness America

Texas Medical Association

2.     Current Positions and/or Offices Held in Professional Organizations:

Year(s)

Organization

Position/Office

2003-present

International Society of Glaucoma Surgery

Executive Board Member

2011-ongoing

Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc.

US Army Institute of Surgical Research

Consultant/Co-author of DoD Ophthalmic 10-year Research Priority Plan

2007-present

Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Vision Science

Associate Investigator

3.     Other Professional Activities: (e.g. National and State Consultantships, Review Panels and Committees, Editorial Boards, Continuing Lectures Presented, etc.):

Year(s)

Organization

Activity

2011-ongoing

2009-present

Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology

Section Editor for Ocular Trauma

2009-present

Ono Pharmaceutical

Consultant

2004-present

Brain Research Bulletin

Reviewer

2001-present

Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Guest Editor

2000-present

Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology

Editorial Board

2000-present

2000-present

BJO, European Journal of Ophthalmology

Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology

Reviewer

Reviewer

1998-present

Optometry and Vision Science

Reviewer

1997-present

Ophthalmic Epidemiology

Reviewer

1996-present

Ophthalmologica

Reviewer

1995-present

American Journal of Ophthalmology

Reviewer

1994-present

Ophthalmology

Reviewer

1993-present

Survey of Ophthalmology

Reviewer

1992-present

Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science

Reviewer

1991-present

Experimental Eye Research

Reviewer

1991-present

Archives of Ophthalmology

Reviewer

Coordinating equipment and personnel arrangements for medical missions to Mexico and Guatemala.  Has led teams on several occasions to provide medical diagnostic equipment and perform cataract and glaucoma surgery abroad.  Served in Chichicastanango, Guatemala, with Salud De Paz and University United Methodist Churchover the past 12 years.

.He is currently a board member of the Sponsel Foundation/Sight For Life 501c-3 non profit organization.

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