JUL 2013

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July 2013 EW IN OTHER NEWS Ophthalmologist and researcher turned novelist by Vanessa Caceres EyeWorld Contributing Writer Award-winning books focus on international historical adventures I n his day job, Steven E. Wilson, MD, is professor of ophthalmology and director of corneal research at Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland—basically, he's an ophthalmologist and research scientist. If you were trading surgical pearls with him at a conference, you might not realize he's also an awardwinning author of three published adventure thrillers. Dr. Wilson published his first book in 2003, "Winter in Kandahar." Set in Afghanistan, "Winter in Kandahar" is an "epic adventure of love, betrayal, and war," according to ForeWord Reviews. The book also focuses on the eternal struggle between the Tajik and Pashtun groups in that country. It went on to receive the Benjamin Franklin Award, Finalist for Best New Voice in Fiction. After writing "Winter in Kandahar," Dr. Wilson wrote the 656-page "Ascent from Darkness," which was an Indie Book Award Finalist in Action and Adventure 2008. That book focuses on a CIA agent who joins U.S. forces and Iraqi peasants to fight against Saddam Hussein. "The thriller unfolds like a motion picture, complete with forbidden romance, desperate Special Forces operations, and a never-say-die love of country," according to Amazon.com. In 2010, he published the 454page "The Ghosts of Anatolia: An Epic Journey to Forgiveness," which chronicles the relationship between an Armenian family and two Turkish families joined together in 1914 at the start of World War I. Yet more awards came, with the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Gold Award in Fiction in 2010 and the Runner-up Award in General Fiction at the Hollywood Book Festival in 2011. Dr. Wilson described all of his books as "faction." "They are based on real events with my characters' stories interwoven in what has occurred in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq, and the Ottoman Empire and Syria," he said. He also compares the continued on page 62 Index to Advertisers Abbott Medical Optics (AMO) New World Medical Phone: 714-247-8314 Fax: 714-247-8682 www.amo-inc.com Phone: 909-466-4304 Fax: 909-466-4305 www.ahmedvalve.com Page: 62 and Cover 4 APACRS Page: 43 Phone: 65-63278630 www.apacrs.org Alcon Laboratories Inc. Page: Cover 2, 3, 19, 20, 25, and 26 Phone: 800-862-5266 Fax: 800-241-0677 www.alconlabs.com Bausch & Lomb Page: 17 Phone: 585-338-6536 Fax: 585-338-0898 www.bausch.com ESCRS Page: 14 Rhein Medical Inc. Page: 13 Phone: 813-885-5050 Fax: 813-885-9346 www.rheinmedical.com Stephens Instruments Page: 12 Phone: 800-354-7848 Fax: 859-259-4926 www.usiol.com TearLab Page: 7 Phone: 855-832-7522 Fax: 858-812-0540 www.TearLab.com Page: 55, 56, and 57 www.escrs.org Epsilon USA Page: 37 ASCRS Meetings and Information Phone: 909-984-4614 Fax: 909-984-4671 www.epsilonusa.com ASCRS 2014 Gulden Ophthalmics ASCRS Winter Update 2014 Page: 59 Phone: 215-884-8105 Fax: 215-884-0418 www.guldenophthalmics.com Page: 23 www.ascrs.org Page: 33 www.WinterUpdate.org ASCRS MediaCenter Katena Products Page: 39 Phone: 973-989-1600 Fax: 973-989-8175 www.katena.com EyeWorld Video Reporter Page: 40 Mastel Precision Page: 31 Phone: 800-657-8057 Fax: 605-343-3631 www.mastel.com www.MediaCenter.ascrs.org Page: 29 digital.daily.eyeworld.org EyeWorld Digital Page: 10 digital.eyeworld.org MicroSurgical Technologies Page: 5 Phone: 888-279-3323 Fax: 425-556-0437 www.microsurgical.com Find us on social media Are you a fan of EyeWorld? Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/EyeWorldMagazine 61

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