The Victoria Cohen Eye Cancer Charitable Trust was set up in memory of the late Vicky Cohen, an internationally renowned eye cancer specialist, who sadly passed away in 2020.
Training to become an eye specialist takes many years. Each year, the Victoria Cohen Scholarship for aspiring Ocular Oncologists provides an award of US$25,000 to help an individual through their fellowship.
There are not enough eye cancer surgeons in the world. The Victoria Cohen Eye Cancer Charitable Trust will help identify and train the Vicky Cohens of tomorrow.
Victoria’s contribution to ocular oncology was hugely significant.
She graduated from Cambridge University with a first-class honours degree in Natural Sciences, studied medicine at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge, UK, and specialised in Ophthalmology with subsequent supra-specialist training in Ocular Oncology.
While training she won a scholarship from Pfizer which allowed her to continue her fellowship at some of the leading eye hospitals in the USA, including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Wills Eye Hospital. It is this award, and the opportunities which arose from it, that has served as the inspiration for the VCECCT.
Victoria was the Director of the London Ocular Oncology Service based at Moorfields and St Bartholomew’s, London. She was the serving President of the International Society of Ocular Oncology (ISOO) and a prominent member of the Ocular Oncology Group (OOG).
The VCECCT will ensure that her name and good work live on by supporting the next generation of eye surgeons in their education.
Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP
Member of Parliament for South West Surrey