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"Our donors allow us to maintain and enhance our status as Canada's premier state-of-the-art ophthalmology department, both from a clinical and a research perspective."

— Dr. Robert Devenyi
University Health Network
(pictured above)

More than 90 per cent of our knowledge is obtained through our eyes, making it the most valued of our five senses. Sadly, age, disease and injury can rob us of this gift.

As Ophthalmologist-in-Chief of University Health Network, Dr. Robert Devenyi leads the largest vision centre in Canada: The Donald K. Johnson Eye Centre.

Along with providing exceptional patient care, the Donald K. Johnson Eye Centre is dedicated to ophthalmology education and research. It boasts the country’s largest ophthalmology training program and is home to the only ophthalmology clinician-scientist in Canada.

Recognized leaders in their fields, our eye specialists are at the forefront of state-of-the-art ophthalmology. The department includes experts from all major subspecialties, including:

  • vitreoretinal surgery,
  • medical retina,
  • cornea and external disease,
  • glaucoma,
  • neuro-ophthalmology,
  • adult strabismus, and
  • ocular genetics.

The Vision Science Research program – under the direction of Valerie Wallace – focuses on molecular genetics of blinding eye diseases such as glaucoma and cataracts; corneal and lens disorders; eye movement control mechanisms; and neuronal damage.

The Inspiration behind the Donald K. Johnson Eye Centre  

Toronto Western Hospital celebrated a major milestone in November 2007: the announcement of a $5 million gift from Board Member and Vision Champion Donald K. Johnson. For almost 20 years, Don has been part of an effort to create a world-leading vision institute in Canada. He soon learned that the best place for that was right here at Toronto Western Hospital.

His donation names the Donald K. Johnson Eye Centre and creates the Donald K. Johnson and Anna McCowan-Johnson Eye Research Laboratory in the new Krembil Discovery Centre. It will also fund an endowed Chair to recruit a world-leading scientist in vision research.

With his enthusiasm and motivation as Vision Campaign Chair along with his committed Campaign Cabinet, Don is determined to raise $15 million for the Vision Campaign.

For more information about the Vision Campaign and how you can help us find the answers, please visit www.dkjohnsoneyecentre.ca or contact:

Rebekah Valenti
Principal Gift Manager, Vision Campaign
T: 416-603-5220
E: rebekah.valenti@uhn.ca