Anne Langguth was the first board-certified pediatric ophthalmologist to serve Cedar Rapids, surrounding area
Anne Langguth of the Wolfe Eye Clinic speaks with other honorees and guests during the 2021 HER Women of Achievement event at the History Center in Cedar Rapids in June 2021. (The Gazette)
Anne Langguth knew she wanted to be a doctor from a very young age. In fact, as a little girl, she created her own white coat from one of her father’s dress shirts and wrote up her own medical school diploma to display on her bedroom wall.
So it might not be surprising to those who know Langguth became an ophthalmologist for children and families.
“When I was going into medicine, I knew I wanted to do something with surgery,” she recalled, noting that she always enjoyed working with her hands.
“When I learned about ophthalmology as a career, I was really drawn to it because it allows me to follow patients throughout clinic, diagnosis, treatment and beyond. I can have a decade-long relationship with the same patient. ”
Langguth was the first board-certified pediatric ophthalmologist to serve Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area.
“I also see patients up in Waterloo, and some of those families are ones who previously had a six-hour drive to be able to get to their appointments for their child’s surgery, and that is just prohibitive. So it has been meaningful for me to do what I do up there. ”
An Iowa City native, Langguth received her BA from Harvard University, before returning to the area to obtain her medical degree from the University of Iowa. She furthered her medical and surgical training at New York University and Northwestern University.
Today, she remains devoted to promoting access to high-quality care for patients and advancing the profession of medicine.
She has twice been elected to the Iowa Medical Society board of directors and is a member of Iowa’s delegation to the American Medical Association.
“In undergrad, I studied government and I’ve always been fascinated with systems and how we can create structures in our communities to best serve people,” she said.
“I come from a long time of educators and that is part of what made interested in how we can offer a more effective health systems that better serve the people of the community.”
Langguth said she also spends a fair amount of time talking with and mentoring medical students.
“I think you make time for what’s important to you and you make time for what needs to happen,” Langguth, who is also a wife and mother, said of her busy schedule.
“I think there’s different seasons in life. When I was going through training or studying for my boards, it was not my season to devote to family or things I enjoyed doing outside of work.
“Now I’m in now I’m in a season where I came back off certain work requirements and say yes to other things, including prioritizing spending time with family.
“Every day I truly get to have the feeling that I’ve made a difference in someone’s life, whether that’s providing sight saving care to someone in need or it’s offering them peace of mind, or whether that’s knowing that I’ve given it my all to advocate for a new policy or a new practice to better serve people. ”
Business 380 spotlights some of HER Magazine’s Women of Achievement, published by The Gazette. The awards were sponsored by Farmers State Bank.