Dr. David. B. Soll, M.D.
In Memory of my Hero.
Dr. David B. Soll, M.D. – Ophthalmologist
Iremember the last surgery he performed on me. I had to stay in the hospital for 2-3 weeks, with Patches on both eyes. Every day, he would come check on me, sit with me, play board games, even though I could not see. I felt so special, he genuinely cared. The last time I saw him was in 2000.
While having another follow up visit, I found out Dr. Soll Sr. happened to be in his office, and I asked if he could come down so I could see him. As he entered the room, I fought back tears, as he greeted my Mother with a warm hug and smile. We shook hands and exchaged pleasentries. “I was in awe.” I am not the kind of person who gets “star struck” ,however, getting to see him was something truly special to me. He had not changed a bit, he still had the deep concern, and gentle touch I hold so near and dear to my heart. Thank you Dr. Soll!
“He was a blessing to so many. What more can you aspire to in life? He will be missed, however, he will live on in my heart and soul countless others, as well.“
Dr. David B. Soll M.D. a world renown eye surgeon, spent his entire career in Philadelphia. He was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He attended NYU and graduated from The Chicago Medical School. He completed his internship at Philadelphia General Hospital and residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital and then served in the U.S. Public Health Service, a division of the US Coast Guard as chief of the eye department. He returned to Philadelphia where he maintained a successful ophthalmology practice for over 50 years. Dr. Soll specialized in cataract and intraocular lens surgery and reconstructive and cosmetic eye plastic surgery. He founded the Ophthalmology Departments at Frankford Hospital, Hahnemann University Hospital and Cooper University Hospital and was chairman of the residency programs at Hahnemann and Cooper hospitals.
He was dedicated to teaching and trained hundreds of residents throughout his career. He was a professor of ophthalmology at Hahnemann and Cooper and was a frequent lecturer at national and international ophthalmology meetings. Dr. Soll authored a widely used textbook on eye plastic surgery and wrote and edited numerous articles and chapters in ophthalmology journals and publications. Dr. Soll’s additional accomplishments included being a founding member and past president of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He developed surgical techniques, instrumentation and medication used worldwide in eye plastic surgery, cataract and intraocular lens surgery and glaucoma surgery. Dr. Soll had a zest for learning and knowledge.
“He will be missed but will live on in the Hearts and Minds of those he loved, and those he helped.”
I should mention he is my other Hero, and every year when I get to see him, I’m am excited beyond words. Thank you Dr. Soll!
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