It has been a privilege being your ophthalmologist. I thank each one of you for the trust you placed in me. After 38 years in clinical practice, I have decided to retire on January 10, 2019. I know that you will continue to receive excellent care at NH Eye Associates. We have committed, respected doctors providing a wide range of services for your benefit. Your care will be transferred to one of my NH Eye colleagues. It is bittersweet for me to leave what has been my professional home for so long, but I do so with pride in what I have done in my time here. I have been blessed with a great support staff over the years. You can depend on our office personnel to enhance your experience in the practice, whatever your eye care needs may be.
I am reminded of the advice I received from a most eloquent patient: "If you don't move, you rust!" I will continue to develop and to moderate educational presentations produced by the American Academy of Ophthalmology for ophthalmologists and residents-in-training. I have begun work on my memoir about how patients inspire doctors and vice versa. As a physician, I hear many stories of how people overcome adversity. I plan to share some of them in my writing (using fictitious names). Some stories will make you laugh, some will make you cry, but all will come from my personal experience as a physician. I will miss my role as your eye doctor but having the time and good health to pursue other interests makes retirement attractive at this point in my life. This is the right time for me to step aside.
Thank you for making my professional life so gratifying, and I wish you the very best.
Dr. Paul Pender is currently developing a collection of inspirational, real-life stories from patients and doctors working together to overcome adversity during his career as a professional ophthalmologist and eye surgeon. Check back soon for more details!
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