25TH ANNIVERSARY STATE BOWL
Dr. Ian Hagemann
At age 17, Ian Hagemann created a visual field analyzer that reduced the standard size of a machine for measuring glaucoma and certain brain disorders from the size of a phone booth to the size of a briefcase. He accomplished this feat of ingenuity by replicating an instrument costing more than $20,000 with about a hundred dollars worth spare parts from a computer. This portable apparatus made glaucoma screening possible in supermarkets, the homes of elderly shut-ins, or even remote villages in the third world. For this achievement he was awarded the Duracell/National Science Teachers Association’s Scholarship, along with a savings bond of $20,000.
Dr Hagemann scored a perfect 1600 on his SAT and went on to Princeton where he majored in chemistry. Later, he enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Washington University in St. Lewis. He holds both PhD and MD degrees.
Today, in addition to a medical practice, he works as an assistant professor of pathology and immunology and obstetrics and gynecology. Medical students at both Washington University and the University of Pennsylvania have selected him for outstanding teaching awards. He also conducts research on cancer at the molecular level and the implementation of next-generation DNA sequencing for clinical diagnostics. His research is cited by numerous other scientists throughout the world.