The poor and uninsured in
Wake County, N.C., have a
clearer view ofthe future
thanks to ophthalmologist
Albert Munn III, MD.
Dr. Munn established the
ophthalmology clinic in
North Carolina. The clinic
concentrates on the poor and
uninsured with diabetes- and
AIDS-related problems, but
no one is turned
away, regardless of ability
"Simple, voluntary acts of
kindness and charity are
repaid ten times over,
usually in unpredictable
ways," Dr. Munn said. "I was
fortunate to find people at
Wake Medical Center, Glaxo,
Durham Technical College
Opticians School and Prevent
Blindness North Carolina who
still believe this. "
Dr.Munn arranged for Wake
Medical Center to provide
space, equipment, financial
support and nursing staff
for the clinic. He
established a liaison
between Durham Technical
College Opticians School,
Glaxo, Inc. Pharmaceuticals
and the Wake County Medical
Free Clinic to supply
glasses free of charge to
the clinic's patients.
Dr. Munn also recruited his
colleagues to participate in
the clinic, and has paid his
reimbursement for laser
treatments for diabetic
"Working together, we
accomplished more than we
imagined possible," Dr. Munn
Dr. Munn received the 1995
AMA Young Physician Section
Community Service Award.
Dr. Munn received his undergraduate
training in chemistry and his M.D. at UNC Chapel Hill, after which he completed
a residency in internal medicine at New Hanover Memorial Hospital in Wilmington,
North Carolina. From 1986 to 1989 he was an ophthalmology resident at the
University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and in 1989 came back to North
Carolina where he practiced with Raleigh Ophthalmology and Surgical Eye
Associates. He established the Wake Medical Center Ophthalmology Clinic in 1992.
In 1995, he formed Capital Eye Center.
As an active member of the Board of Trustees for the North Carolina Prevent
Blindness Foundation, Dr. Munn is involved with several other community service
projects. He donates time and equipment for projects that include screening
migrant workers for correctable vision problems, participating in the annual
glaucoma screenings in Raleigh, and assisting medical students and residents at
Wake County Medical Center. He also donates stipends from his continuing lecture
series on diabetes, glaucoma, and eye diseases to the Prevent Blindness North
Carolina Foundation, and serves the state legislature and the North Carolina
Medical Society as "Doctor of the Day."
In addition to being a recipient of the AMA Community Service Award, Dr. Munn
received the Physician's Recognition Award in 1990 and 1995. In response to this
recognition, particularly his most recent award, he said, "It was unexpected to
receive this attention. I hope it raises awareness of physicians' commitment to
community and the work they have always done in providing services to the poor."
The goal of raising the public's awareness about community involvement by
practicing physicians is one intent of the Community Service Award established
by the AMA Young Physicians Section.
Minor surgical procedures can be performed at the Capital Eye Center for the
convenience of their patients.
The series of community projects established by Dr. Albert Munn, III has
attracted statewide and national attention for both him and his colleagues. His
medical associates have commented that such commitment seems more typical of the
"old-time family doctor." Indeed, in all occupations today, not only medical
practice, it is rare to see this level of kindness, generosity, and compassion
extended without some type of tangible or financial reward. Recently, Dr. Munn
was quoted as saying, "Simple, voluntary acts of kindness and charity are repaid
ten times over, usually in unpredictable ways." He continues, "I was fortunate
to find people at Wake Medical Center, Glaxo Wellcome, Durham Technical College,
and Prevent Blindness North Carolina who still believe in this." Together, Dr.
Munn believes, the synergy created by these groups allowed them to accomplish
more than anyone could have imagined. This collaborative effort has resulted in
medical care and services for many patients who otherwise would have gone
untreated. In many instances, it has given patients the gift of sight, which may
not have been possible without the work of Dr. Albert Munn, III and his