William Thomas Driebe, JR., M.D.
Dr. Driebe attended medical school at the University of Virginia where he graduated in 1979. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1980, and then completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Florida in 1983. He took his fellowship in Cornea and External Diseases at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida.
Dr. Driebe joined the faculty of the UF Department of Ophthalmology in 1984. He served as Chief of Ophthalmology at the VA until 1989. His practice at UF concentrated on the ophthalmic specialties of Cornea and External Disease and Contact Lenses. He has served as Director of both services. His particular areas of expertise include corneal transplantation, ocular infections such as infectious keratitis (acanthamoeba and fungus) and endophthalmitis (post-operative and post-traumatic), and contact lenses (infections and complications).
Dr. Driebe received tenure at UF in 1989 and was promoted to full professor in 1997. He became interim chair for the department in January of 2004 and was appointed permanent chair in December of 2006.
Dr. Driebe has received a junior and senior honor award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for teaching, and has also been a member of the Preferred Practice Pattern committee of that society. He is past president of the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists (CLAO) and has served as program chair for that organization. He is a current board member and program chair for the CLAO Educational Research Foundation. Dr. Driebe is also past program chair for the Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group. He has lectured both nationally and internationally in the areas of ocular infections and contact lenses.
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