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Truhlsen, Stanley M.



Stanley M. Truhlsen, M.D., is nationally recognized in the field of ophthalmology. He was born November 13, 1920, and is a native of Herman, Nebraska. Dr. Truhlsen graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1941 and received his M.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in 1944. After completing residency training programs in New York and St. Louis, Missouri, he returned to Omaha in 1951 and entered private practice. At that time, he joined the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s (UNMC) department of ophthalmology, where he served as interim chair of the department from 1989-90. He retired in 1993.

In 2001, he received the Lucien Howe Medal from the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS), the oldest ophthalmic organization in the United States. The Howe Medal is considered one of the most prestigious awards in ophthalmology and is the only honor award of the AOS. It is given in recognition of “conspicuous services as a researcher or a teacher during long years of devotion" and for contributions to ophthalmology.”

Truhlsen’s professional involvement includes: former president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Eye Study Club and Nebraska Academy of Ophthalmology, and member of the American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, Nebraska Medical Association, Omaha Ophthalmology Society and the Lions Eye Bank of Nebraska.

He was selected as the 91st king of Aksarben in 1985, and was the longest reigning king, from 1985-1987, since the coronation ball had been discontinued, but was then reestablished in 1988 as a fund-raising event for scholarships.

Truhlsen has served the University of Nebraska in many ways over the years. He was a founding member of the Friends of the McGoogan Library of Medicine and has served on the executive council for that group. He also is a trustee for the University of Nebraska Foundation.

In 1989, Truhlsen was one of the first recipients of the Distinguished Alumnus Achievement Award from the UNMC College of Medicine Alumni Association, given to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the medical profession and the community. In 2003, he received the UNMC Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award, given to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding support for UNMC through personal service, private contributions, or other meritorious advocacy for the campus mission.

Dr. Truhlsen’s generosity established the Truhlsen Eye Research Laboratories in the Durham Research Center, as well the Truhlsen Eye Institute.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Stanley Truhlsen Interview, 2017

Identifier: UNMC-3-004
Scope and Contents

Oral history interview: born-digital file of the recording and a transcript. The interivew discusses Ophthalmology and the history of the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in the mid-twentieth century.

Dates: Majority of material found in 2017