B. Thomas Hutchinson (55 AB, ‘56 BS)
B. Thomas Hutchinson, M.D., was born in Flatwoods, W.Va. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia University in 1955 where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the same university in 1956 and his doctorate in medicine from Harvard Medical School. Following an internship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia and two years in the U.S. Public Health Service, Dr. Hutchinson returned to Boston for a fellowship in the Howe Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, a residency in ophthalmology and a fellowship in glaucoma at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary.
He is a founding partner and president of Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston. For more than 40 years he has maintained an active role in teaching of medical students and residents, and has trained over 100 ophthalmic fellows in the subspecialty management of glaucoma and cataract. For many years he was director of the Harvard post-graduate courses in Ophthalmology and served as assistant chief editor of the AMA Archives of Ophthalmology for ten years.
He is an associate clinical professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, a consulting editor for the Harvard Health Letter and a surgeon at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. Dr. Hutchinson was a founding officer and a past president of the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, a past president of Prevent Blindness America-Massachusetts, and a past president of the New England Ophthalmological Society. He served on the American Board of Ophthalmology for nine years, including one year as chairman, and is a past president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He also is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, American Medical Association, American Glaucoma Society, and a founding director and past president of the Chandler-Grant Glaucoma Society.
His professional interests include quality assurance, credentialing and public service programs. For 25 years, Dr. Hutchinson was the Academy’s founding chairman of EyeCareAmerica, the largest public service program in American medicine. He now serves as the chairman of the Foundation and as a trustee of the Academy. He has served in several other capacities within the Academy including vice chair and chairman of the Council, the first secretary of Ophthalmic Practice and as a director of the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company, an Academy subsidiary.
Dr. Hutchinson has received numerous awards, including the Senior Honor Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Distinguished Service Award. Other honors include Man of the Year in 1998 from the New England Ophthalmological Society, a similar award from the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, a Man of Vision award from Prevent Blindness America-Massachusetts, as well as the Howe Medal from the Buffalo Ophthalmological Society and a Distinguished Service Award from Ophthalmology Times. Woodward and White have repeatedly cited him as one of the “Best Doctors in America”.
Dr. Hutchinson has been a visiting professor at multiple universities and medical centers. He has endowed two lectureships in Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and West Virginia University School of Medicine.
Dr. Hutchinson and his wife, June, currently reside in Boston and Newport, R.I., where they enjoy old houses and antiquing.