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July 16, 2020
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2020 Atlanta Magazine Top Doctors issue Eight Emory Eye Center faculty make Atlanta’s “Top Docs” list

Atlanta magazine’s annual Top Doctors® issue has hit newsstands, with eight Emory Eye Center physicians included. They are Maria Aaron, MD; Allen D. Beck, MD; Valérie Biousse, MD; Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD, MBA; G. Baker Hubbard III, MD; Nancy J. Newman, MD; Priyanka Sood, MD; and Ted H. Wojno, MD.

The 2020 list includes 1,002 physicians representing 62 specialties. Nearly half of the physicians are associated with Emory: Emory Healthcare physicians, Emory Healthcare Network physicians, Emory University School of Medicine faculty and Emory medical staff physicians.


Maria Aaron, MD Maria Aaron, MD, is a professor of ophthalmology within the Emory University School of Medicine and associate dean of graduate medical education. She served as the program director for Emory Eye Center’s ophthalmology residency program for 16 years. Dr. Aaron’s clinical interests include adult comprehensive ophthalmology and cataract surgery.


Allen D. Beck, MD The Emory Eye Center’s director and chair of ophthalmology, Allen D. Beck, MD, has been listed as one of America’s Top Doctors® for twelve consecutive years. He is the William and Clara Redmond Professor of Ophthalmology and former director of the department’s Glaucoma Section. Dr. Beck is an Emory trained physician whose clinical work focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of adult and pediatric glaucoma and the surgical treatment of cataracts.

Valerie Biousse, MD Valérie Biousse, MD, is the Cyrus H. Stoner Professor of Ophthalmology at Emory Eye Center; and sees patients in the Neuro-Ophthalmology Section. She holds a double appointment as a professor of ophthalmology and neurology in the Emory University School of Medicine and serves as vice chair for faculty development, diversity, equity, and inclusion for the department of ophthalmology. She also currently serves as president of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society. Dr. Biousse has a special interest in vascular diseases of the eye and optic nerve disorders.

Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD, MBA Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD, MBA, is vice chair of translational research at Emory Eye Center; F. Phinizy Calhoun Jr. Professor of Ophthalmology; and director of the L.F. Montgomery Laboratory and the Ocular Oncology and Pathology Section. He is the recipient of some of the highest honors in ophthalmology, including the Zimmerman Medal from the American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists in 2012 for outstanding contributions to ophthalmic pathology. His clinical practice specializes in diagnosis and treatment of ocular tumors and ocular pathology. He is currently Editor in Chief of the journal, Ocular Oncology and Pathology, and executive vice president of the American Ophthalmological Society.

G. Baker Hubbard III, MD G. Baker Hubbard III, MD, is the Thomas M. Aaberg Professor of Ophthalmology, director of Emory Eye Center’s Retina Service; vice chair of clinical operations; and a member of the Ocular Oncology/Pathology Section. He is former director of the vitreoretinal surgery fellowship training at Emory University. Dr. Hubbard is highly recognized for his clinical work with pediatric retinal disorders, including retinopathy of prematurity and retinoblastoma.  He was named Georgia Ophthalmologist of the Year in 2018 by the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology. His primary research interest is in characterizing the clinical manifestations of pediatric retinal disorders and their treatment outcomes.

Nancy Newman, MD Nancy J. Newman, MD, is the LeoDelle Jolley Professor of Ophthalmology and director of Emory Eye Center’s Neuro-Ophthalmology Section. She also is a professor of ophthalmology and neurology and instructor in neurological surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Newman is internationally recognized as a distinguished teacher and researcher. She was awarded the NANOS Thomas Carlow Distinguished Service Award in 2019, the highest award given to a NANOS member for excellence in service to the society and neuro-ophthalmology. Dr. Newman currently is the international principal investigator of several gene therapy trials in humans for LHON (Leber hereditary optic neuropathy), a blinding disorder preferentially affecting otherwise healthy young men.

Priyanka Sood, MD Priyanka Sood, MD, is a cornea, cataract, and refractive specialist in Emory Eye Center’s Comprehensive Section, and also serves as ophthalmology service chief for Emory University Hospital Midtown. She is regularly invited to speak at national and international meetings and is actively involved in national societies. Her clinical research focuses on LASIK/PRK, corneal transplants and complex/advanced cataract surgery.

Ted Wojno, MD Ted H. Wojno, MD, is the James and Shirley Kuse Professor of Ophthalmology and director of the Oculoplastics, Orbital and Cosmetic Surgery Section at Emory Eye Center. He joined Emory in 1985 as director of the newly created Oculoplastics Section and directly trains all oculoplastics fellows through Emory University. Dr. Wojno treats adults and children with disorders of the eyelids, tear ducts and eye sockets, and is highly sought after for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the periocular structures and orbital tumors. His clinical research focuses on essential blepharospasm and orbital tumors.


Americas Top Doctors badge 2020 The publication’s “Top Doctors” list was compiled by the New York-based research firm Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., whose physician-led team of researchers follow a rigorous screening process to select doctors named to the list. Castel Connolly was founded in 1991. The survey and research process involves tens of thousands of top doctors and the medical leadership of prominent hospitals across the country.

For the July 2020 “Top Doctors” feature, hundreds of Atlanta metro-area doctors were asked to name their most respected colleagues. The process sought nominations not only of physicians who excel in academic medicine and research but also those who exhibit excellence in patient care—those to whom nominating physicians would send their own families.



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