Kudos to AOS Members! Spring 2023


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

Fernando Arevalo, MD, PhD: Dr. Arevalo received the Alvaro Rodriguez Medal 2023 at the National Ophthalmological Foundation (FUNDONAL)’s Residents Day, organized by Francisco Rodriguez, MD in Bogota, Colombia on January 21, 2023. The medal was accompanied by the lecture: From the Hypotheses to Clinical Evidence in Retinal Therapy: The Alvaro Rodriguez Lecture 2023. Dr. Arevalo also received the Gass Medal Award 2023 at the 46th Annual Macula Society Meeting in Miami, FL. This award is presented for outstanding contributions to the study of macular diseases.

Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD: Dr. Hartnett received an IRIS/RPB grant to study eye diseases by sex and gender in the US. She was also awarded Professor of Ophthalmology at Stanford University where she is now working.

David Huang, MD, PhDDr. Huang was elected to the National Academy of Engineering, which is among the highest professional distinctions. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice, and/or education.

Judy E. Kim, MD: Dr. Kim received the Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for her efforts in advocacy for ophthalmology, ophthalmologists, and patients. She was also the keynote speaker for the Young Ophthalmologist Symposium at the Asia Pacific Vitreoretinal Society in Taipei and the Young Member Symposium at the Macula Society in Miami.

Alex V. Levin, MD, MHSc, FRCSC: Dr. Levin was promoted to Chief, Clinical Genetics for the University of Rochester Medical Center, an enlarged division now encompassing pediatric genetics, adult genetics, cancer genetics, and metabolics. He also remains Chief, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics at Flaum Eye Institute. In addition, Dr. Levin was elected the new President of World Eye Mission, a charitable organization that sends ophthalmologists in all subspecialties to a variety of countries on one-week missions to teach, see patients, and do surgery.

Malcolm L. Mazow, MD: Dr. Mazow was named a Distinguished Alumnus from the College of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Houston in 2022.

Alfred Sommer, MD: Dr. Sommer recently received two honorary doctoral degrees: one from McGill, just before COVID, after delivering their commencement address; and one from Johns Hopkins University, at this year’s commencement exercises.

Bruce E. Spivey, MD: Dr. Spivey received a competitive election to the Board of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness.

Hugh Taylor, AC, MD, FRANZCO: Dr. Taylor was appointed Melbourne Laureate Professor Emeritus at the University of Melbourne. He is continuing to do some work on improving the eye care for Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island People. Recently a book was released that details the work he has done over the last 15 years to improve eye health. The book, “Minum Barreng, The Story of the Indigenous Eye Health Unit,” can be ordered online at www.iehu.unimelb.edu.au.

James C. Tsai, MD: Dr. Tsai received a 3-year term appointment to the Administrative Board of the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).