Celebrating Life of Dr. James Corbett

Posted: 04/05/2024
Category: Members in the News

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

It is with a great sadness I report to you all we have lost a great colleague and friend, Dr. James Corbett.  He died on April 2nd at age 83 with this family (Joyce, John, Jennifer, Jack) at his side.  James was known for his pioneering work studying idiopathic intracranial hypertension.  He dedicated his research to this topic throughout his career.  He was an outstanding teacher — with a great grasp of neuro-anatomy, changes of the optic disc, and practical neuro-ophthalmology.  In fact, he was made an Honorary Member of the American Neurological Association.   He also championed many of us to study headache medicine.    He trained so many students, residents, fellows throughout his career at Will’s Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, University of Iowa Neurology and Ophthalmology departments, and University of Mississippi as Chair of Neurology.  He was generous with attribution and never let a moment go by without dropping a pearl at our feet.  He was a major supporter of NANOS throughout his career — as it started as the Rocky Mountain Neuro-ophthalmology Society to the formation of NANOS.  He was on the Board of Directors (1985-1996) and received the Distinguished Service Award to NANOS in 2017.  He was married to Joyce for over 60 years.  He will be greatly missed by all of us.

Kathleen B. Digre, MD
Distinguished Professor Neurology, Professor Ophthalmology University of Utah

Please submit a vignette in memory of Dr. James J Corbett by Wednesday, May 8th.  With the passing of Dr. Corbett, NOVEL will be featuring an obituary as part of the NANOS Historical Collection.  We would also like to include a series of short professional vignettes from the membership to celebrate his life and honor his memory.  Please click here to submit your vignette.



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