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Dr. Jerry Tennant MD, MD(H), PSc.D

Jerry Tennant graduated from high school at age 16 by finishing his junior and senior years simultaneously in 1957. He finished college (except for three hours credit) in 2 1/2 years at Texas Tech University. He was awarded the Phi Kappa Phi and Pre-med of the Year Award.

 

He attended the University of Houston School of Optometry and was accepted into the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in 1960 at age 19. He graduated in the top ten of his class in 1964 with an MD degree. Dr. Tennant interned at Methodist Hospital of Dallas and then completed a residency in ophthalmology at Parkland Hospital in Dallas and Harvard/Mass Eye and Ear in Boston. He is also a fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Tennant was director of the Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Clinic at Parkland Hospital/Southwestern Medical School and founded the Dallas Eye Institute.

 

He holds patents on surgical instruments, intraocular lenses and other devices and has written books on cataract surgery, life-style management, and Integrative Medicine. With the assistance of his anesthesiologist, Monte Hellman, MD and his internist, Javier Ramirez, MD, Dr. Tennant developed and refined the techniques to allow eye surgery to be safely performed in an outpatient setting instead of a hospital.

 

Along with Drs. David McIntyre and Douglas Williamson, Dr. Tennant founded the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society and taught surgeons around the world to do outpatient eye surgery and was instrumental in getting Congress to pay for outpatient surgery, saving Medicare millions of dollars every year. He was chairman of the ad hoc committee that wrote the rules that govern outpatient surgicenters in Texas. Dr. Tennant is one of the few surgeons to be awarded the Corboy Award for Contributions to Ophthalmology and the Recognition Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Tennant was one of the first surgeons in the U.S. to place intraocular lenses in eyes after cataract surgery, eliminating the need for thick, incapacitating glasses after cataract surgery. He redesigned the European lenses to eliminate defects and was awarded patents for his designs.

 

Dr. Tennant is licensed by the Arizona Board of Homeopathic and Integrated Medicine Examiners MD(H).  Texas does not have such a board.  

Over 50 Years of Changing Medicine

 

Dr. Tennant was instrumental in or contributed to changes in the way ophthalmology was practiced in his lifetime.

Here are several of the ways Dr. Tennant has made an impact in ophthalmology: 

  • Developed the techniques to safely implant intraocular lenses after cataract surgery, eliminating the disabling thick cataract glasses

  • Developed better and safer intraocular lenses

  • Developed the water-tight beveled incision to allow immediate ambulation after cataract surgery eliminating the need for patients to stay in bed for 2-3 weeks after cataract surgery

  • Developed a plastic dome patch to be use after eye surgery to avoid the unnecessary and uncomfortable pressure of standard patches

  • Developed techniques for saving eyes that hemorrhaged during surgery

  • With the anesthesiologist, Monte Hellman, MD, developed the techniques for safe outpatient eye surgery and opened the first outpatient eye Surgicenter in Texas

  • Lobbied congress to pay for outpatient surgery, resulting in savings of billions of dollars and patients avoiding the hazards of hospitalization (falling in strange surrounding, hospital infections, hospital medication errors, etc.)

  • Along with Dr. McIntyre and Dr. Williamson, started the Outpatient Ophthalmic Surgery Society to teach ophthalmologists how to safely perform outpatient eye surgery

  • Trained ophthalmologists around the world to safely perform intraocular lens surgery. This included textbooks about cataract surgery, IOL surgery, and phacoemulsification

  • Did the majority of the FDA studies for the VISX laser for use in refractive surgery

  • With Dr. John Corboy and Dr. Malcolm Ing, was the catalyst for forming the Royal Hawaiian Eye Meeting, the third largest eye meeting in the world

  • Developed new theories explaining that acupuncture meridians are actually stacks of rechargeable muscle batteries, forming a power supply for every organ in the body

  • Found that the power supply to the macula is the stomach acupuncture meridian

  • Found that the power supply to the optic nerve and retina is the liver acupuncture meridian

  • Found that the power supply to the drainage system of the eye is the sympathetic acupuncture meridian