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LEW WASSERMAN HONORED WITH AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION CITATION OF A LAYMAN FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

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 LEW WASSERMAN HONORED WITH AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
 CITATION OF A LAYMAN FOR DISTINGUISHED SERVICE
 UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Medical Association (AMA) will honor Lew Wasserman, chairman and chief executive officer of MCA Inc., with its Citation of a Layman for Distinguished Service at the annual meeting of the AMA House of Delegates in Chicago on Sunday, June 21, 1992.
 The award, which is the AMA's highest honor for a non-physician, is being presented to Wasserman in recognition of his lifelong support of medical research and treatment through such institutions as the Jules Stein Eye Institute and Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB).
 "Lew Wasserman's steadfast support of RPB and other organizations has made possible many significant breakthroughs in ophthalmological research," said John Ring, M.D., president of the AMA. "We are proud to honor him with this award."
 In 1960, Wasserman joined MCA founder Dr. Jules Stein (who was himself an ophthalmologist) in the creation of Research to Prevent Blindness. Under Wasserman's continuing leadership, RPB has become the world's leading voluntary organization supporting research into all diseases that cause visual loss and blindness. In 1968, RPB was instrumental in stimulating the establishment of the National Eye Institute within the National Institutes of Health. In recent years, RPB has supported research leading to major breakthroughs in the use of lasers for ophthalmic surgery.
 The Citation of a Layman for Distinguished Service was established to recognize individuals not of the medical profession who have contributed to the achievement of the ideals of American medicine by aid and cooperation in the advancement of medical science, medical education or medical care.
 Past recipients of the award include Betty Ford, Jerry Lewis, Bill Cosby, Ann Landers and Danny Thomas.
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