With the New Year upon us, I reflect on the past as I prepare for 2020. I am retiring from my practice at Cornea Associates of Texas, effective January 2020. I've been blessed with a wonderful career in ophthalmology, most notably my 5 years in academia at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami School of Medicine and then 36 years in a private practice in Dallas at Cornea Associates. The relationships I have developed with both colleagues and patients have been incredible. I've been blessed with the opportunity to impact the lives of so many patients by restoring and improving sight. The rewards have been bountiful for both patients and doctor.
I made the decision to retire while I am still healthy and can enjoy this next phase of my life. With my retirement, my wife, Daryl, and I have decided to move to San Diego to be close to family. Our daughter, her husband and two granddaughters live in San Diego; and we want to spend more time with them. We also have lots of other relatives in the LA area. And of course, the weather is great with lots of natural beauty. Southern California just seems to be a good fit for us. We also plan to spend time in the beautiful mountains surrounding Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado.
In my retirement, I hope to pursue educational opportunities. As a pre-med student in college, I was so focused on the sciences that I did not avail myself as much exposure to the humanities. Well, I want to rectify that by taking classes in art, music, philosophy, history and whatever else catches my interest. I’m also looking forward to the outdoor recreational activities that San Diego and Snowmass have to offer. Hiking, biking and golf are at the top of my list. There will also be walks on the beach and sunsets to observe. I also plan to do volunteer work in both communities and in ophthalmology. We also plan to enjoy the adventure and discovery of travel as well as to visit our other daughter, her husband and our 2 1/2-year-old grandson who live in Montclair, NJ. I hope my retirement years will be as rich and rewarding as I envision.
We will miss our many friends in Dallas. I will miss my ophthalmology practice and the relationships I have developed with so many patients. I will also miss working with such an incredibly dedicated group of people at Cornea Associates. However, I leave knowing that Cornea Associates will continue to provide the highest quality of care in serving North Texas. May the blessings we all enjoy continue to sustain us. Thank you Cornea Associates. Thank you, Texas. Thank you all.