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December 18, 2019
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Faculty recognition montageSeven Emory Eye Center Faculty Members Recognized at 2019 Faculty Excellence Ceremony

(Atlanta) Several Emory Eye Center faculty members have been recognized at the Emory School of Medicine’s Annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence Ceremony and Reception on October 30. Each year, the School of Medicine honors faculty that have made a significant impact in the areas of patient care, research and education.

Regional, National and International Awards

Most of the Emory Eye Center awardees were noted for accomplishments during the past year including publishing awards, faculty promotions, professional society involvement, and more.

Anastasios Costarides, MD, PhDDistinguished Service Award, Georgia Society of Ophthalmology

G. Baker Hubbard III, MD2019 Person of Vision Award, Prevent Blindness Georgia Foundation

Mary Lynch, MD2019 Innovator Award, American Glaucoma Society

April Maa, MD2019 AAO Secretariat Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Nancy J. Newman, MDDistinguished Service Award, North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS) and Daniel M. Jacobson Memorial Lecture, North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS)

Hidden Gem Award

One highlight from the evening was the announcement of Hidden Gem Awards. The faculty members who are noted as Hidden Gems were nominated by their departments in recognition of their outstanding, but often unnoticed or unrecognized, contributions to Emory or beyond. The below quotes were provided by the department Chairs.

Ghazala O’Keefe, MD – Dr. O’Keefe received a Hidden Gem award from the Ophthalmology department. As Allen Beck, MD, chair and director of Emory Eye Center, states, "Dr. O’Keefe is a wonderful Uveitis and Medical Retina physician at the Emory Eye Center. Her leadership in multidisciplinary care, health services research, and autoimmune diseases of the eye brings together both world-class clinical care and quality metrics to better understand service benefits and costs to the patient, physician, and health care systems. She is an outstanding physician and investigator with excellent leadership potential at Emory and nationally."

Dr. O’Keefe is a part of the Vitreoretinal Surgery and Diseases and Uveitis and Vasculitis sections.

Emory 1% Award

The Emory 1% Award is another distinguished award. The faculty members that receive this award have received study section review scores in the top one percentile on a grant proposal.

Steven Yeh, MD – Dr. Yeh received the award from the Ophthalmology department for his research on the pathogenesis of uveitis in Ebola Virus Disease survivors. He is director of the Uveitis and Vasculitis section. Learn more about his work to improve vision care in Ebola Virus Disease survivors:

Last week’s ceremony marked the sixth annual celebration in conjunction with the Emory School of Medicine’s Faculty Recognition Week.

Learn more about the 2019 honorees:



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