Malcolm Mazow M.D., F.A.C.S.
Malcolm L. Mazow, M.D. is the Walter and Ruth Sterling professor in Ophthalmology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. The son of Dr. Fred and Miriam Mazow, Malcolm was educated in the Houston public school system, the University of Texas and the University of Houston, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in 1956. He opted for the challenges of medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston, graduating in 1961. His internship in general medicine at the University of Iowa introduced him to members of its dynamic Department of Ophthalmology and specifically to Hermann Burian, M.D. who would become his mentor during his subsequent ophthalmologic training there. Dr. Burian guided his advanced strabismus training and encouraged his curiosity about the causes of decreased vision in the strabismic child, leading Dr. Mazow to conduct his first original research. That early research with Dr. Burian on brightness contrast in the normal and amblyopic eye stimulated his scientific imagination and amblyopia has continued to be of major interest to him to date.
Dr. Mazow returned to Texas to begin his career in Ophthalmology. He became an assistant professor at UTMB and the Director of Ophthalmology at the United States Public Health Service Hospital (USPHSH) in Galveston.
Dr. Mazow returned to Houston to join a combined academic and private practice, then in its infancy, which would one day grow to become Houston Eye Associates. He was appointed to clinical associate professorship in ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine and holds appointments as clinical professor in both pediatrics and ophthalmology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston (UTMSH), marking the beginning of fruitful associations. For twenty-six years he was the director of the strabismus section in the basic science course at UTMSH, and from 1968 to 1998 he also assumed the duties of Chief Pediatric Ophthalmology.
Dr. Mazow has been recognized for his contributions to the development of educational programs by the American Academy of Ophthalmology and from the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. He delivered the Richard G. Scobee Lecture in 1997 for the American Association of Certified Orthoptists, and the Frank D. Costenbader Lecture at the 1999 meeting of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.
In addition to terms as President of the Houston Ophthalmological Society, the American Orthoptic Council, and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, he has served as commissioner for the joint Commission for Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology. Additionally, he was invited to memberships in the Squint Club and the prestigious American Ophthalmological Society.
Of the fifty-nine papers and nine book chapters he has written, the majority deal with strabismus, and the study of amblyopia also continues to attract his attention.
Although medicine has obviously played a major role in his life, Dr. Mazow takes equal pride in his family. Five children of his own and four stepchildren keep him and the love of his life, Jackie Wolens Mazow, very busy.
Dr. Mazow enjoys spending his leisure time creating interesting photographic images, reading, listening to classical music, and traveling. Dr. Mazow and Jackie share a lively enthusiasm for the visual and performing arts, regularly attending symphony, opera, ballet, and theater. Dr. Mazow has been a life-long golfer, and particularly enjoys golfing with his boys.
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