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Dr. Dwight D. Perry to Speak at May 8 Commencement

Dr. Dwight D. Perry

Published: Monday, April 27, 2015

Pioneering doctor of ophthalmology and prominent Durham community leader Dwight D. Perry, M.D., will be the speaker for North Carolina Central University’s 125th Graduate and Professional Commencement on Friday, May 8.

The ceremony for approximately 400 graduates of the university’s 35 master’s, doctoral and professional programs will take place at 3 p.m. in McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium.

Raised in Durham with 15 brothers and sisters, Perry worked his way through college at North Carolina Central University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in biology. He earned his medical degree at University of North Carolina School of Medicine and has been in private practice since 1985.

His research interests have involved vascular healing after argon laser photocoagulation and the effect of tetrahydro-cannabinol on glaucoma. Perry is a specialist in cataract and refractive surgery. He is an attending physician at North Carolina Specialty Hospital and Duke Regional Hospital and for 10 years was an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at UNC.   

Perry recently completed three years as the chairman of NCCU’s Board of Trustees and continues to serve as a board member. A dedicated public servant, Perry has occupied various leadership roles throughout Durham and mentors aspiring medical students in high school and college. 

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