Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., MBA
Dean, Keck School of Medicine
Professor of Ophthalomology and Health Management
The Ulrich Ollendorff, MD Lectureship was established in 1997 the year before Dr. Ollendorff's death, to honor his long and renowned career as an eye doctor in Washington Heights. Dr. Ollendorff was a German refugee who came to the United States in 1939. When the Nazi regime forced him to leave academia, he, with his family, fled from Germany. Once he re-established his professional credentials in the United States, Dr. Ollendorff opened an Ophthalmology practice in Washington Heights that became legendary for its quality of care. A modest man, Ulrich Ollendorff was pleased to accept an apple pie in lieu of his fee and had to climb many flights of stairs to make house calls, all for six dollars a visit! By the time he retired in 1986, at the age of 80, Dr. Ollendorff had treated more than 300,000 grateful patients. The annual lectureship was endowed by a gift from the Ollendorff Family to commemorate Dr. Ollendorff in fulfillment of the wishes of his son, Stephen and his daughter-in-law, Bjorg.