The Marshall M. Parks Medal

2010 Silver Medalist

William Tasman, MD

Advanced our understanding of pediatric retinal diseases. Pioneered the use of Xenon arc photo-coagulator and participated in developing innovative protocols of cryotherapy and laser treatment in retinopathy of prematurity.

William Tasman Headshot


Dr. William Tasman founded Mid Atlantic Retina, formerly Retinovitreous Associates, Ltd. in 1974. In 1985 he became Ophthalmologist-in-Chief of Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. In that position, he was responsible for training 161 residents and 199 retinal fellows. Dr. Tasman had his residency at Wills Eye Hospital, followed by a retinal fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Hospital, in Boston. Dr. Tasman is Board Certified in Ophthalmology and a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons. 

Dr. Tasman is a member, and past president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Ophthalmological Society, and the Retina Society. Dr. Tasman is a founding member of both the Retina Society and the Club Jules Gonin Retina Society, and is a member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, College of Physicians, Pan American Association of Ophthalmology, the Macula Society and the American Medical Association. He also serves on the Foundation Board of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has held numerous offices in various ophthalmic academic societies and has served on national committees. He has been on the Board of Directors of the American Diabetes Foundation, a medical advisor for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, and a trustee to the Edmund B. Spaeth Foundation. 

Dr. Tasman has published extensively and currently serves as Editor for Duane's Clinical Ophthalmology. He has previously served as editor for Survey of Ophthalmology, on the Editorial board of Ophthalmic Society and a section editor for Key Ophthalmology. He has presented papers at annual meetings of the American Ophthalmological Society, The Retina Society, American Academy of Ophthalmology, International Congress of Ophthalmology, Hawaii Ophthalmological Society, North Dakota Academy of Ophthalmology, 1st Arab Ophthalmic Societies Conference, International Congress of Ophthalmology and The Fundacion Oftalmologica Argentina. He has been named one of “America's Top Docs” and Philadelphia Magazine named Dr. Tasman “One of the Top Docs” of 1999. Dr. Tasman is fluent in both French and German.