Maria Aaron was in the top 90th percentile within Emory Healthcare's Press-Ganey rankings, a survey based on patient feedback on satisfaction.
Fulya Anderson was in the top 90th percentile within Emory Healthcare's Press-Ganey rankings, a survey based on patient feedback on satisfaction.
Allen Beck ranked among the top doctors (glaucoma) in Atlanta in Atlanta Magazine's "Top Doctors" issues of July 2014 and 2015.
Valérie Biousse ranked among the top doctors (neuro-ophthalmology) in Atlanta in Atlanta Magazine's "Top Doctors" issues of July 2014 and 2015.
Jeffrey Boatright was promoted to professor. He presented the plenary keynote presentation at the annual meeting of the Society for Research in Retina and Visual Sciences (SIRCOVA) in Valencia, Spain. And was invited to present plenary keynote talk at Asia-ARVO in New Dehli, India.
He designed and implemented a multi-day, multi-national educational symposium and workshop on scientific research and publishing at the invitation of the Society of Ophthalmology of Colombia (SCO). This was presented in San Andres, Colombia. He co-designed and implemented an educational symposium and workshop on scientific research and publishing at the invitation of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Boatright also co-designed and implemented an educational symposium on ethics in scientific publishing at the invitation of ARVO.
With Eye Center colleague John Nickerson, Boatright developed and published a position paper promulgating policy and suggesting guidelines for use of immortalized cell lines in vision research. This work has already had significant impact on the field, including the discovery by colleagues who are following our suggested protocols that American Type Culture Collection (ATCC).
He was appointed chair of the field studies policy committee of the Emory IACUC (Institutional Animal Care & Use Committee). The goal is to help our faculty comply to the regulations and guidelines set by the federal government for use of animals in field study research. Heretofore, Emory has not had a policy that provides guidelines specific to field research. This critical unmet need must be addressed by November 2013 to comply with federal guidelines. He currently reviews for NIH Sensory and Motor Neuroscience, Cognition and Perception Fellowship study section (ZRG1 F02B-D). Boatright spoke at the U.S. House of Representatives to advocate for funding of vision research in March 2014. Members of Emory Eye Center's Advocacy Team also included: Baker Hubbard (res. ’95-98), Jeremy Jones and Tassos Costarides.
Mary Carlton, OD, was in the top 90th percentile within Emory Healthcare’s Press-Ganey rankings, a survey based on patient feedback on satisfaction.
Tassos Costarides coordinated and lead both the 2014 and 2015 winter GEM meetings, a gathering of ophthalmologists from the region. The meeting coordinated by the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology, Emory and Medical College of Georgia and offers area ophthalmologists educational lectures and updates.
Emily Graubart is a member at large, AUPO Medical Student Educator Council, a seven-year term that will lead to the position of president.
Hans E. Grossniklaus was appointed president of the American Ophthalmological Society (150th anniversary); president, American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists; and co-founding Editor-in-Chief, of the new journal: Ocular Oncology and Pathology, published by Karger (Basel, Switzerland). Grossniklaus presented the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis Inaugural Address, in Tokyo, Japan, April 1, 2014.
He received a new R01 award—Mechanisms of Action of KCN1 in Control of Ocular Melanoma Metastasis. NIH NCI R01CA176001. In October 2014, Grossniklaus was invited to present the prestigious Jackson Memorial Lecture at the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) Opening Session: "Retinoblastoma: 50 years of progress.
Brent Hayek, Annette Giangiacomo and Phoebe Lenhart traveled to Madagascar for two weeks in October. This year's trip has been expanded to include pediatric ophthalmology (Lenhart) and glaucoma (Giangiacomo) in addition to oculoplastics services.
G. Baker Hubbard III (res. ’95-98) serves as the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Secretariat for State Affairs as the regional representative for GA, SC, and NC. He was promoted to professor in 2014.
Amy Hutchinson was awarded Volunteer of the Year from Prevent Blindness Georgia for the work she has been doing with on National Expert Panel of the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health.
She was on the Prevent Blindness America's national expert panel which convened in 2010 and transitioned into the Center Advisory Committee in 2012, after she and others completed their task of writing national recommendations for vision screening, which are soon to be published. She currently serves on the advisory committee. She also volunteered in leading the department's search, adoption and implementation of an electronic medical record (EMA), Modernizing Medicine, created specifically for ophthalmology and to integrate with Emory's Cerner platform. It went live in late summer 2014.
P. Michael Iuvone published a new book, The Retina and Circadian Rhythms (Springer, 2014), along with fellow editors Gianluca Tosini (Morehouse College of Medicine), Douglas G. McMahon (Vanderbilt University) and Shaun P. Collin (University of Western Australia). The book provides a comprehensive review of the retinal circadian rhythms and their roles in photoreception and visual function. Its aim is to further the study of retinal neurobiology by researchers and to provide a resource for clinicians about how daily changes in retinal function may influence treatment outcomes. In fall 2013, he was awarded his R01 extension of $603,000. In 2015, he was awarded a $1.2M Training Grant.
John Kim was appointed the Emory Rollins Diagnostic Center Ophthalmology representative at Emory.
Joon Kim was a Georgia Tech Capstone Design Project winner for creation of an irrigating malleable retractor.
Scott R. Lambert and Phoebe Lenhart coordinated the second International Congenital Cataract Symposium (ICCS), an intensive, one-day event, held in March 2014 in New York City. Attended by about 120 people -- primarily ophthalmologists—participants included other Emory University faculty members as well as practitioners from the United Kingdom, South African, Nigeria, Nepal, India, Egypt, Brazil and eight other states from the U.S. He ranked among the top doctors (pediatric ophthalmology) in Atlanta in Atlanta Magazine's "Top Doctors" issues of July 2013 and 2014.
Phoebe Lenhart received the Emory University Global Health Institute’s Global Scholar Award, with a stipend. In 2012, Lenhart visited Burundi in Africa where she performed 130 needed surgeries on children.
Donna Leef serves on the editorial review board for the Association of Technical Personnel in Ophthalmology (ATPO).
Mary Lynch is chair, Field Advisory Committee for Ophthalmology, Veterans Health Administration. She is secretariat for State Affairs, American Academy of Ophthalmology and liaison for Department of Veterans Affairs. She also is Association of Veterans Affairs Ophthalmologists (AVAO) Commissioner, Joint Commission Allied Health Personnel Ophthalmology (JCAHPO). In fall 2014 she was presented the Senior Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Nancy Newman was elected president of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society as of July 1, 2014. She was named the 12th Hoyt Lecturer by the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). NANOS, in conjunction with the AAO, established the annual Hoyt Lecture in 2001 in honor of William Fletcher Hoyt, MD, whose contributions to neuro-ophthalmology have spanned seven decades. A faculty member of the departments of Ophthalmology, Neurology and Neurosurgery at the University of California San Francisco since 1958, Dr. Hoyt is world-renowned as a clinician, scholar and educator.
Newman ranked among the top doctors (neuro-ophthalmology and neurology) in Atlanta in Atlanta Magazine's "Top Doctors" issues of July 2014 and 2015.
Timothy Olsen was a recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) Secretariat Award, which recognizes ophthalmologists for special contributions to AAO and ophthalmology. Recipients are selected by the senior secretaries and secretaries in their respective areas and approved by the board of trustees. The annual award was developed to increase opportunities for ophthalmologists to be recognized for contributions outside of the scope of the current Achievement Award Program. Olsen is Membership Committee chair of the American Ophthalmologic Society (AOS), 2013 -2014 . He also presented the Gaynelle Robertson Memorial lecture and was visiting professor, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. He also served as keynote resident research speaker and research judge.
In spring 2014, Olsen received the prestigious Visionary Award, bestowed by the Foundation Fighting Blindness during its spring “For the Love of Sight” event in Washington, D.C. The honor was given for his longstanding commitment to helping patients with eye diseases. Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) is a national nonprofit that supports sight-saving research. The annual event benefits research into preventions, treatments and cures for vision-robbing retinal diseases including macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa (RP), Usher’s syndrome and related conditions that affect more than 10 million Americans. He ranked among the top doctors (retina) in Atlanta in Atlanta Magazine's "Top Doctors" issues of July 2014 and 2015.
Purnima Patel was appointed as chair of the Young Ophthalmologists Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Patel was awarded a Secretariat Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She was selected to participate in the Medical Association of Georgia Physician Leadership Academy. Additionally, she organized a "Strategies in Effective Communication" -- a 4-hour program for local ophthalmologists to teach the skills of effective communication to peers and patients, through the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology.
J. Bradley Randleman co-authored the text, Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking (Slack, 2013), with physician/researcher Farhad Hafezi of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, and Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles.
Ann Van Wie was in the top 90th percentile within Emory Healthcare’s Press-Ganey rankings, a survey based on patient feedback on satisfaction.
Michael Ward was named the 2014 GPLI Practitioner of the Year, for “Outstanding professional expertise in fitting customized contact lenses to benefit patients with improved vision and corneal health and to advance the contact lens field.” The award was presented at the annual meeting of the GP Lens Institute (GPLI), the educational component of the Contact Lens Manufacturers Association.
Steven Yeh was promoted to associate professor.