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Famous ophthalmologists: 1
Russia (1962 SG2752) Vladimir Petrovich Filatov

Vladimir Petrovich Filatov (1875 1956) was born in Milkailovka South of Moscow and obtained his 
medical degree in 1897 from the University of Moscow. He became a lectuere and later professor of 
Ophthalmology in Odessa. 
His main claim to fame is the creation of the first eye bank in 1931. In that year, he performed a
successful corneal transplant using a donor eye stored in a moist chamber at 2 to 4 degrees 
centigrade and popularized the technique.
He died in Odessa in 1956 at the age of 81. The stamp was issued by the Soviet Union in 1962.
 

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