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About the Author

Dr. Dutton was born and raised through college in New York City.  He received Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Biology, Anatomy, and Vertebrate Paleontology from Harvard University in 1970 and was Sinclair Professor of Evolutionary Biology and Chief of the Paleontology section at Princeton University from 1970 to 1973.  Between 1966 and 1973 he led ten scientific paleontological research expeditions to East Africa, and for four years co-directed the joint Princeton University and Kenya National Museums East Africa expeditions with anthropologist Richard Leakey.  Dr. Dutton then changed careers and obtained a Masters in medical physiology in 1974 and a M.D. degree in 1977 from Washington University.  He did an internship year at the University of Washington in Seattle and then served as a glaucoma research fellow with Dr. Bernie Becker at Washington University from 1978-1979. He then undertook a residency in Ophthalmology, also at Washington University, and completed a second fellowship in oculoplastic surgery and ophthalmic oncology at the University of Iowa with Dr. Richard Anderson in 1983.  He served as Professor and Chief of Oculoplastic Surgery at Duke University from 1983 until 2000, and then at the University of North Carolina until 2014.  Dr. Dutton is currently Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Oncology at UNC. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons. He is a Board Member of the International Thyroid Eye Disease Society (ITEDS), served as President of the Society from 2018-2020, and was the founder and Medical Director of the ITEDS Tissue Bank from 2013-2020.  Since 2009 he also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He is author of nine books on African paleontology, oculoplastic surgery, orbital anatomy, orbital radiology, thyroid eye disease, and eyelid disorders. He has published more than 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals, and contributed more than 80 book chapters.  He has been an invited speaker at more than 200 meetings in 70 foreign countries.    

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