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April 9, 2019 [Updated: May 14, 2019]
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Neuro-ophthalmologists who attended the NANOS Conference with Nancy Newman and Valerie Biousse.
Emory Eye Center neuro-ophthalmologists, Drs.Valérie Biousse and Nancy Newman (2nd row, 6th and 7th from left), pictured here with a group of the nearly 60 neuro-ophthalmologists from around the world who have studied under Nancy J. Newman, MD, and her Emory colleagues celebrated 30 years of neuro-ophthalmology at Emory during the 2019 NANOS Conference.

Dr. Nancy Newman and EEC neuro-ophthalmology celebrate 30 years

Nancy J. Newman, MD, recently celebrated 30 years of Emory Eye Center neuro-ophthalmology during the 2019 NANOS (North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society) Conference in Las Vegas. 55 of the more than 65 neuro-ophthalmologists from around the world who have studied under Dr. Newman and her Emory colleagues as fellows and visiting scholars were on hand for the event.

In addition, Dr. Newman received the 2019 NANOS Thomas Carlow Distinguished Service Award, the highest award given to a NANOS member for excellence in service to the society and neuro-ophthalmology. It is named after, and honors, NANOS founder Thomas Carlow.

The award recognizes those who have provided a sustained and substantial service to NANOS. It has only been given to 25 people in the 50-year history of NANOS.

“Nancy is a revered educator, a prolific mentor, and is known for her prowess and reputation as an astute clinician,” says Larry Frohman, MD, executive vice president of NANOS. “She has served on the NANOS Board for about two decades, including time as president and chair of the Board. A new Board position, senior vice president for education, was established for her after her term as chair to allow for her valuable input. We are glad to recognize her for service to her profession and her peers.”

She also delivered the coveted Daniel M. Jacobson Memorial Lecture as part of the 2019 NANOS conference, speaking on “Leber hereditary optic neuropathy: from bedside to bench to bedside.”

Emory Eye Center also was well represented during educational sessions at NANOS, with more than 15 platform and poster presentations given by our current team. Fellow Emory neuro-ophthalmologist, Valérie Biousse, MD, serves at NANOS president-elect and organized the entire six-day meeting.

In addition to her honors at NANOS, Dr. Newman also was recognized at the 2019 American Academy of Neurology conference as one of the “Giants in Neurology.” AAN chose five neurologists to be spotlighted in this new addition to the conference. Dr. Newman was interviewed by Dr. Steven Galetta, chair of neurology at NYU Langone Health, in the session “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” as part of the recognition.

Dr. Newman joined Emory Eye Center in 1989. She is a professor of ophthalmology and neurology and an instructor in neurological surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. She was appointed LeoDelle Jolley Chair of Ophthalmology in 2002.

“Ever since medical school, I’ve been fascinated by the visual system and its underlying neuroscience,” Dr. Newman says. “Early on in my residency, I understood that academic medicine would allow me to combine the challenges of clinical patient care with opportunities for cutting-edge research and innovative teaching.

“Rather than focus on a subspecialty that dealt with a related group of diseases, I chose neuro-ophthalmology because it allows me access to all the diseases of the nervous system via an anatomic system,” she adds.

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