Bruce Gillers, M.D., receives Mass. Eye and Ear Distinguished Service Award

December 14, 2016

Boston, Mass. — Bruce Gillers, M.D., a community-based comprehensive ophthalmologist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, has been named the recipient of the 2016 Mass. Eye and Ear Distinguished Service Award. A resident of Newton, Mass., Dr. Gillers is also a staff member of the MetroWest Medical Center with an ophthalmology practice in Natick, Mass.

“Dr. Gillers provides an exceptional level of patient care and champions the educational aspects of the mission of Mass. Eye and Ear,” said Joan W. Miller, M.D., the Henry Willard Williams Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital. “Trainees and colleagues alike often praise him for his exceptional teaching abilities. He is known as a thoughtful and generous mentor who wholeheartedly shares his knowledge.”

Dr. Gillers earned his medical degree from New York Medical College and completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Arizona School of Medicine. In 1989, he joined Mass. Eye and Ear as an attending physician and has since become a familiar face in the Emergency Department, where he often volunteers his services.

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