Ronald M. Burde, MD, was emeritus university professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology and Neurological Surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center.

Dr. Burde served as chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology from 1988 until his retirement in 2000. He received his bachelor's degree from MIT and his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Washington University, and, after a fellowship there, assumed the leadership of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Department.

Dr. Burde wrote and edited 11 books, authored 200 scientific papers and served on the editorial boards of many journals. He was chairman of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a fellow of the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons, president of the Association of University of Professors in Ophthalmology and a fellow of the New York Academy of Sciences.