7 Things You Didn’t Know About Scott Plafker

Dr. Scott Plafker joined OMRF in 2011. But it wasn’t a giant leap. He’d spent the previous eight years at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, developing a research focus on age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. At OMRF, he’s continuing that work, and last fall received a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health. That award will allow him to work toward a deeper understanding—and, he hopes, new treatment strategies—for a disease that robs millions of elderly people of their sight.

I rarely miss a spin class. Exercise helps me think.” 

I run home from work every day. We live three miles away, but I take a loop through downtown to make it a five-mile run.

I’m usually reading 3-4 books at once. I like Jeffrey Deaver thrillers but also non-fiction authors like Wendell Berry and David Foster Wallace.

Twice a month, I volunteer as a reading partner at our neighborhood elementary school. I did it when I was in graduate school, too.

I always wanted to go skydiving, but my wife says I should have done that before we got married. It’s too late now.

My hero is probably Sherlock Holmes for his impressive powers of deduction.

My only regret is not taking up for kids who were made fun of at school. I didn’t mistreat them, but I failed to defend them. Looking back, I really wish I had done that.