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Mark Humayun, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Mark Humayun, an ophthalmologist and biomedical engineer, is a pioneer in many areas of vision research and treatment, most notably using his surgical and engineering skills in developing a retinal prosthesis. Along with Dr. Eugene de Juan, Jr., he invented an intraocular retinal prosthesis, or "eye chip", which may be able to restore sight to people with degenerative diseases of the retina such as retinitis pigmentosa and age related macular degeneration. A pair of glasses fitted with a tiny camera would act as a person's eyes. Images would be processed by a computer chip and beamed directly into the eye, via an array of surgically-implanted wires.

His life's search has been to find a cure for currently untreatable retinal diseases that cause blindness. Appearing with Barbara Walters on a 20/20 segment, he brought a potential patient, Stevie Wonder, along with him to bring attention to the new technology and , hopefully, greater fund-raising efforts on its behalf. Though Wonder has been blind since birth, he is undergoing testing to see if the microchip will enable him to see light or images.

Humayun earned his M.D. from Duke University (where he met de Juan), and his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After residency at the Duke Eye Center in Durham, NC., he obtained advanced training at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital. In 2001, he and de Juan joined the faculty of the Doheny Eye Instute and the Keck School of Medicine of USC.

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