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July 3, 2019 | by Donna Price

Americas Top Doctors badge Emory Eye Center physicians named as "America’s Top Doctors®"

Seven Emory Eye Center ophthalmologists were selected from the Atlanta metropolitan region as "America’s Top Doctors®" and are listed in the “Top Docs” feature of the July 2019 issue of Atlanta magazine: Maria Aaron, Allen Beck, Valérie Biousse, Hans Grossniklaus, Baker Hubbard, Nancy Newman and Ted Wojno.

2018 Atlanta Magazine Top Doctors issue The America’s Top Doctors® list is compiled by the New York-based healthcare researcher, Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. Tens of thousands of physician leaders across the U.S. are surveyed, following a rigorous screening process, by Connolly’s physician-led team to produce an annual roster of the nation’s most respected doctors as chosen by their peers. Nominations are sought for physicians who not only excel in academic medicine and research but also exhibit excellence in patient care—those to whom nominating physicians would send their own families.  Doctors cannot pay to be included on the list.

“I am so proud of the “Top Doctors” at the Emory Eye Center,” said Allen Beck, director of Emory Eye Center and chair of Ophthalmology, Emory School of Medicine. “They are incredibly accomplished in our missions of academics, education, research and service yet still provide the very best care for their patients. I am very honored to be included on a list of such august company.”

Maria Aaron, MD A natural leader and compassionate physician, Maria Aaron, MD, serves as professor of Comprehensive Ophthalmology and associate dean of Graduate Medical Education for Emory University School of Medicine (SOM).  She was director of the ophthalmology residency program for 14 years.

National recognition for Dr. Aaron includes the Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Senior Achievement Award.  She is secretary of the AAO Annual Meeting; served as president of the Program Director’s Council of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO); and as vice-chair of the Ophthalmology Residency Review Committees for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  She was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Contributions as an Examiner of the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) and listed in Becker’s Ambulatory Surgery Center Reviews, “135 Leading Ophthalmologists in America.”  Dr. Aaron lectures nationally on educational and accreditation topics.  Her primary clinical interest is cataract surgery.

Allen D. Beck, MDAllen D. Beck, MD, was appointed chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Emory University SOM and director of Emory Eye Center effective May 1, 2019, after serving as interim chair and director from March 14, 2016.  He holds the William and Clara Redmond Professorship of Ophthalmology and previously served as director of the Glaucoma service.

National honors include more than 10 consecutive years on the America’s Top Doctors® list, the AAO Senior Achievement Award, and a lifetime appointment to the Executive Committee of the Childhood Glaucoma Research Network (CGRN). He was on the editorial board of the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (JAAPOS). Dr. Beck's research interests include diagnosis and management of pediatric glaucoma, clinical studies of adult glaucoma therapies, pediatric cataracts, and glaucoma compliance. His clinical work focuses on adult and pediatric glaucoma, new glaucoma therapies and the surgical treatment of cataracts.

Valerie Biousse, MD Valérie Biousse, MD, is the Cyrus H. Stoner Professor of Ophthalmology and professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology. She serves as director of the Emory SOM Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship Program.

National recognition includes more than 10 consecutive years on the America’s Top Doctors® list and the AAO Senior Achievement Award. She is currently president-elect of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. She regularly lectures worldwide and has received numerous teaching awards. Dr. Biousse has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology and has contributed to more than 400 publications, including co-authorship of the primary textbook in neuro-ophthalmology, Walsh & Hoyt’s Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology, 6th edition, and Neuro-Ophthalmology Illustrated. Her primary areas of research include cerebral and ocular vascular diseases, disorders of intracranial hypertension and the use of retinal photography and artificial intelligence to diagnose optic nerve diseases. She is a clinical specialist in all aspects of adult neuro-ophthalmology.

Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD, MBA Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD, MBA, is interim vice chair of Emory Eye Center, F. Phinizy Calhoun Jr. Professor of Ophthalmology, director of Ocular Oncology and Pathology, and founding director of the L.F. Montgomery Laboratory.  He is the recipient of the highest honors in Ophthalmology, including induction into the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI), the most prestigious academic ophthalmology society in the world; the Zimmerman Medal from the American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists for outstanding contributions to ophthalmic pathology; the AAO Life Achievement Award, Senior Achievement Award, two Secretariat Award; and the ARVO Silver Fellow distinction. He is a member of the ARVO Board of Trustees and is executive vice president of the American Ophthalmological Society.

Dr. Grossniklaus has authored/co-authored over 500 published manuscripts and four book and is editor-in-chief of the WHO Classification of Tumors of the Eye and founding editor-in-chief of the Journal Ocular Oncology and Pathology. He serves as director of the Center’s Structural Biology and Imaging Core (SBI) research lab. His clinical practice specializes in ocular tumors and ocular pathology.

G. Baker Hubbard III, MD G. Baker Hubbard III, MD, is the Thomas M. Aaberg Chair in Ophthalmology, director and professor of Ophthalmology for Vitreoretinal Surgery and Diseases, and professor of Ocular Oncology/Pathology.  He is nationally recognized for his clinical work with pediatric retinal disorders, including retinopathy of prematurity and retinoblastoma and holds the AAO Achievement Award and the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) Honor Award and Senior Honor Award. In 2018 he was named Ophthalmologist of the Year by the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology and also received the Person of Vision Award from Prevent Blindness Georgia.  

Dr. Hubbard's primary research focuses on characterizing the clinical manifestations of pediatric retinal disorders and their treatment outcomes. His clinical practice specializes in pediatric retinal disease, retinopathy of prematurity, and retinoblastoma.

Nancy Newman, MD Nancy J. Newman, MD, is the LeoDelle Jolley Professor of Ophthalmology and director of Neuro-Ophthalmology. She is a professor of ophthalmology and neurology and instructor in neurological surgery at Emory University SOM. Dr. Newman is internationally recognized as a distinguished clinician, teacher and researcher.  She was president and is now Senior Vice President for Education of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society and was a recipient of the Research to Prevent Blindness Lew R. Wasserman Merit Award. Among her more than 100 named lectureships are the prestigious William F. Hoyt Lecture for the AAO and the H. Houston Merritt Lecture for the American Academy of Neurology. She has been selected as one of America’s Top Doctors® in neurology and neuro-ophthalmology for more than 10 consecutive years.

Dr. Newman has contributed over 500 publications to her field, including the primary textbook in neuro-ophthalmology, Walsh & Hoyt’s Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology, 5th and 6th editions, and co-authorship of the textbook, Neuro-Ophthalmology Illustrated (Thieme). She has served on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, the Journal of the Neurological Sciences, Seminars in Neurology, and the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology. Her clinical practice focuses on neurology and neuro-ophthalmology with primary research interests in disorders of the optic nerve and mitochondrial diseases.

Ted Wojno, MD Ted H. Wojno, MD, is James and Shirley Kuse Professor of Ophthalmology and director of Oculoplastics, Orbital and Cosmetic Surgery. Honors include the AAO Achievement Award and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic; Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) Merrill Reeh Pathology Award; and the Emory SOM Department of Ophthalmology Clinical Teaching Award. 

Dr. Wojno has authored or co-authored over 80 medical journal articles, including co-authoring the original paper on the clinical use of Botox in 1986. As a national expert in his field, Dr. Wojno has been asked to deliver more than 100 presentations at regional and national meetings. His primary research focuses on essential blepharospasm and orbital tumors. A gifted surgeon, he is a highly sought as a physician for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the periocular structures and orbital tumors.

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