New Orbital Surgery Collection in NOVEL

The NOVEL project (Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library) has just completed the addition of a new collection from John S. Kennerdell, MD, noted as a leader in the surgical treatment of orbital tumors. Dr. Kennerdell recently retired as professor of surgery (ophthalmology) at Medical College of Pennsylvania, chairman of the department of ophthalmology at Allegheny General Hospital, and adjunct professor of both neurology and ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Kennerdell has received numerous professional awards during his career, including the Senior Honor Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 1997. He has made more than 20 presentations throughout the world and his published contributions to medical literature have resulted in more than 130 peer-reviewed papers, 28 book chapters, and two books. NOVEL is very fortunate to have this major contribution to its collections.

Dr. Kennerdell’s collection consists of descriptions of 67 cases involving orbital surgery. The causes range from trauma to benign and malignant tumors. Each case is described through a set of slides, incorporated into a PowerPoint presentation. The cases were described by Dr. Kennerdell and indexed with the professional skills of Ken Rockwell, the professional Map and Science Cataloger at the Marriott Library. Specialized vocabulary was selected from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), as well as from the Unified Medical Language System (UMLS), both from the National Library of Medicine. The collection can also be browsed using structured menus. See this unique contribution to the medical science knowledge base at:

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