John W. Gamel, MD

Department of Ophthalmology, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Kentucky, USA

Dr. Gamel is currently Emeritus Professor of Ophthalmology, dedicated primarily to cancer-related survival. He received his medical degree and residency training at Stanford Medical School in Palo Alto, California, USA, and his fellowship in Ophthalmic Pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington, DC, USA. In 1971 he joined the faculty at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Louisville School of medicine, Kentucky, USA, and remained there until his retirement in 2001.

His grant from the National Institutes of Health, Washington, DC, USA, titled “Malignant Potential of Uveal Melanomas” extended from 1979 through 1988 for a total cost of $84,475,000. His grant from the Veterans Administration with the same titled extended from 1988 through 1991 for a total cost of $657,199.00.

His special interest has been using the Boag survival model to distinguish between those cancer therapies that prolong survival (i.e., palliative) from those that eliminate the cancer (i.e., curative). His 93 scientific publications include 35 papers on ocular melanoma, two papers on skin melanoma, and 12 papers on breast cancer.

He has also published 16 personal essays in first-line literary magazines, including Epoch, Boulevard, The Antioch Review, and The Alaska Quarterly Review. His memoir titled “The Elegant Eye” was included in Best American Essays 2010, edited by the late Christopher Hitchens. His book titled The Man Who Lived in an Eggcup: A Memoir of Triumph and Self-Destruction was published by Bascom Hill. His complete bio can be found at: