1931 –Born in New York in 1931, Abrahams graduated from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio in 1952, and earned his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine in 1957. He then interned at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Internal Medicine, and did his residency in Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. From 1961-1963, he served in the United States Navy Medical Corps as a Lt. Commander and Staff Ophthalmologist at the United States Naval Hospital, Chelsea, Massachusetts. Upon completion of military service, he and his family moved to Meriden where he opened his ophthalmology practice, and was appointed to the Yale Medical School faculty. He has continued to serve on the faculty of the Medical School where he is now a full Clinical Professor and a member of the Board of Permanent Officers. He also attended the Yale School of Epidemiology and Public Health.
Dr. Abrahams was an active member of both the World War II Veterans Memorial Hospital and the Meriden Wallingford Hospital, and was Chief of Staff of the World War II Veterans Memorial Hospital from 1973-1977. In 1988 he retired from his local practice but continues to work at Yale teaching, mentoring physicians in residency, and consulting on patients with exceptionally difficult eye disease. He is director of the Uveitis Service in the Department of Ophthalmology at Yale, and is internationally recognized as an expert in this complex disease. Both a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, he is also a member of many societies and an elected member of the Oxford (England) Ophthalmological Congress.
Dr. Abrahams has spent a good part of his career helping people and teaching in poor and remote areas of the world including Africa and Afghanistan. His second visit to Afghanistan was to study the incidence of general medical and eye disease in remote parts of the country for the first time, and it resulted in a subsequent book which he co-authored. He has also served as Visiting Professor at medical schools in Puerto Rico, Brazil, and Peru. In China, for his continued services as Visiting Professor at Hunan Medical University, he was awarded an Honorary Professorship of Ophthalmology.
Abrahams was also Visiting Professor at Chungking and Beijing. He is director of the Yale Eye Program at the Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau, Bahamas, and is Consultant to the Bahamas Ministry of Health. He is the author and co-author of 30 scientific papers dealing with both basic Immunology and Clinical Medicine. He holds an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from his alma mater Kenyon University for his outstanding public works and scholarship. Abrahams continues to reside in Meriden with his wife Janet.