RETIREMENT & NEW VENTURE: After 40 years of service, Dr. Thomas Dow, an ophthalmologist at Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic, is retiring.

Dow received his Bachelor of Science degree from UW–Madison in microbiology and attended medical school at the UW School of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics.

Board certified in ophthalmology, Dow founded Chippewa Valley Eye Clinic in 1978. After joining Dr. Frank Brown, who retired shortly after, he merged three clinics into one.

During his career, Dow performed just over 21,000 surgeries, completed 16 mission trips to the Philippines, gave four talks at international meetings, wrote 19 peer-reviewed articles and conducted five extensive patient studies.

Community focused, Dow served on the board of Charter Bank for 16 years, led the creation of the Eau Claire Soccer Park and was a faithful tenor in his church choir.

Even though he is retiring, Dow will continue his career of research with his new treatment center, Mindful Diagnostics & Therapeutics. Designed to mitigate Alzheimer’s disease, an individualized patient protocol is created for candidates with dementia risk. Mindful Diagnostics & Therapeutics is located in the Eau Claire Medical building.

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EFFORTS RECOGNIZED: Dr. Donn Dexter, a Mayo Clinic Health System neurologist, has received the inaugural Donn Dexter Physician Excellence Award from University of Wisconsin Organ and Tissue Donation for his comprehensive leadership and clinical work to support organ donation.

“I was surprised to receive this award — it was a special honor to be recognized,” Dexter says. “Organ donation is a personal and professional passion, and I am blessed to be part of an exceptional team that routinely goes above and beyond in providing care for patients and family members during their most difficult moments.”

UW Organ and Tissue Donation decided earlier this year to create a new physician award to recognize high standards in donation support.

“While our team was creating the award criteria, Dr. Dexter’s name and work was mentioned as the gold standard,” says Holly Thomas, UW Organ and Tissue Donation. “After citing his work as examples, we decided that the award should be named in his honor. He demonstrates dedication to donation through his leadership, community outreach, mentoring, clinical expertise and participation in organ donation advocacy. Organ donation efforts are stronger and more effective due to his work.”

The award will be announced and Dexter will be recognized at the Doug T. Miller Symposium on Organ Donation and Transplantation in May.

“When someone makes the generous offer of organ donation, as many as eight lives can be saved,” Dexter says. “I try to never lose sight of how this life-giving gift can be a great legacy and comfort for the donor and their family.”

From staff reports