Kudos to AOS Members! Fall 2019


Please join us in congratulating our colleagues on these many wonderful achievements!


Penny A. Asbell, MD, FACS, MBA, FARVO, the Barrett G. Haik Endowed Chair and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Director of the Hamilton Eye Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, gave the 47th Annual F. Bruce Fralick Lecturer at the University of Michigan, Kellogg Eye Center and was the Phillips Thygeson Lecturer at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Asbell received the Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, is the Study Chair for the NIH-funded Dry Eye Evaluation and Management (DREAM) Study, and is the Editor-in-Chief Emeritus of Eye and Contact Lens: Journal of the Contact Lens Association (former CLAO).

Emily Chew, MD is the LXXVI Edward Jackson Memorial Lecturer for 2019.

Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH, the Claes H. Dohlman Professor of Ophthalmology, Vice Chairman and Associate Chief of Ophthalmology for Academic Programs, Director of Cornea & Refractive Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary (MEEI), Director of the Harvard-Vision Clinical Scientist Development Program and Senior Scientist at MEEI, was honored in May with the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. Others so honored have included seven US Presidents, Vice-President Joe Biden, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Nobel Laureates Elie Wiesel, and Malala Yousafzai, Coretta Scott King, Muhammad Ali, Lee Iacocca, and Rosa Parks, among others.

Harminder Dua, CBE, FRCS, the Chair and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Nottingham and the head of the Division of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, received an appointment from the Queen as Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.

Tamara Fountain, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology at Rush University, gave the Morton Falk Goldberg Lecture at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Dr. Fountain also gave the Bernice Brown Memorial Lecture at the 2019 summer meeting of Women in Ophthalmology.

Julia Haller, MD, the William Tasman, MD Endowed Chair, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, and Ophthalmologist in Chief at the Wills Eye Hospital, is the 2019 recipient of the Physician of the Year Award from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD received the 2019 Paul Kayser/RRF Global Award as well as the Distinguished Professor Award at the Moran Eye Center. Dr. Hartnett also was named as the Calvin S. and JeNeal N. Hatch Endowed Chair in Ophthalmology at the University of Utah’s Moran Eye Center. Dr. Harnett will also give the Arnall Patz lecture at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting this year.

Martine Jager, MD, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology, was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Examinations Committee, Faculty of Medicine, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Walter Lisch, MD, Senior Professor of the University Eye Clinic Mainz, and Jayne S. Weiss, MD, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Louisiana State University New Orleans, were invited to publish a review article entitled: “Clinical and genetic update of corneal dystrophies” in a special issue on “Ocular Genetics” in the Journal of Experimental Eye Research in honor of the AOS member R. Rand Allingham, MD, who passed away on August 27, 2018. The article is now available online.

Steven L. Mansberger, MD, MPH is the new Clinical Vice-President and Chenoweth Chair of the Legacy Devers Eye Institute, effective July 1, 2019, replacing James T. Rosenbaum, MD. Dr. Mansberger is also a Senior Scientist and the Director of Glaucoma Services and Ophthalmic Clinical Trials. He holds an appointment at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) as Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology.

Joel Schuman, MD, Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at New York University School of Medicine, received the BrightFocus Scientific Impact Award.

J. Sebag, MD, FACS, FRCOphth, FARVO, Senior Research Scientist, Doheny Eye Institute/UCLA and Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA gave the Inaugural Robert Machemer (keynote) Lecture of the European Society of Ophthalmology, entitled “Vitrectomy for Vision Degrading Myodesopsia.”

Richard Spaide, MD gave the 103rd Doyne Medal Lecture at Oxford University on neovascular age-related macular degeneration.

Bradley Straatsma, MD, the former Chair of Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, was made an Honorary Member of the International Society of Ocular Oncology.

Elias I. Traboulsi, MD, MEd, the Stanley Stone Endowed Chair of Pediatric Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic, received the 2019 Parker Palmer Courage to Lead Award from the ACGME for Designated Institutional Official of a large academic center.

Steven E. Wilson, MD will give the Barraquer Award Lecture in 2020 to the International Society of Refractive Surgery-American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Wilson also received a Department of Defense grant to study “Corneal basement membranes and Injury-related scarring”.

Lawrence Yannuzzi, MD received the Founders Medal from the American Society of Retinal Specialists in July 2019.