In 1960, Orkan George Stasior
wife Gloria and their four children became parishioners of St. Pius X Church
in Loudonville.That same year, he
also established a medical practice in ophthalmology, and eye plastic and reconstructive surgery in Albany.
At the time, he
was one of about 16 members of a new group of physicians nationwide who called themselves the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
.Eventually, Dr. Stasior would become the group's second president.
As the decades came and went, Dr. Stasior
practice going and growing.He joined the medical staffs of Albany Memorial Hospital, Childs Hospital, Albany Medical Center and the Veteran's Administration.Eventually, he became chief of the Eye Department at both Albany Memorial and Childs.He was an active member of Childs Hospital Board of Governors and the Childs Hospital Foundation.For many years, he was the only eye surgeon in Albany on-call at all the hospitals, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Because of his
ground-breaking work in the field of eye surgery, Dr. Stasior
alma mater's Distinguished Alumnus Award.
"My whole passion was to develop eye plastic and reconstructive surgery into a field of medicine," he
explained."I wanted to make a difference." His
work with young students at universities worldwide has helped to increase the quality of teaching in the field of eye plastic surgery.According to Dr. Stasior
, there is little known or understood about the process of eye plastic and reconstructive surgery.He
believes that it is important to pass on to others the knowledge that he
colleagues have gained through their experiences over the past 40 years.
This year, Dr. Stasior
will be honored by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
in Dallas, Texas, with the first annual Orkan George Stasior Lecture. He
feels that the Society has grown from its original handful of members to its current membership of 400 due to the chance that he
original colleagues have had to teach doctors who made the decision to enter this unique field of medicine.
"Over the years, I have had the opportunity to personally train many new plastic surgeons," said Dr. Stasior
."It is wonderful to see them carry on this field of endeavor."
For many years, Dr. Stasior
has done extensive local community service.He
has performed hundreds of "pro bono" operations for those who could not afford them, including surgeries at the Veterans Hospital
weekly for more than 15 years. "We are always happy to organize free vision and glaucoma screenings," he said, referring to himself and his son who is also an ophthalmologist.
"I would love to start there and eventually work up to a full health fair, in conjunction with St. Pius X and possibly another parish or a group of parishes.
"I feel that my role as a doctor is to be of service to my community.First of all, a physician has to have the support of his
wife and family.My wonderful wife and children have always supported my efforts, and it is due to that continued support from them, as well as from my wonderful patients, that I have been able to spend the past 40 years serving my community."