Faculty Awards/Honors

Maria Aaron (res. ’96-99), director, comprehensive service, is chair of the Special Projects Committee for AAO’s annual meeting.

Allen Beck (res. ’90-93; glaucoma fellow ’93-94), William and Clara Redmond Professor of Ophthalmology and director, glaucoma service, gave the Noel Rice Lecture at the UK Pediatric Glaucoma Society Meeting at Moorsfield Hospital, London, in January 2013.

He also was elected to the Executive Committee, international Childhood Glaucoma Research Network (CGRN).

Beau Bruce elected fellow

Bruce accepted as Fellow of NANOS

Beau Bruce (’02M; neuro-ophthalmology fellow ’08; ’10G) was elected a Fellow of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society (NANOS).

Geoff Broocker, Walthour-DeLaPerriere Professor of Ophthalmology, was visiting lecturer for Kresge Eye Residents Day/Annual Conference in Detroit, Mich.

Henry F. Edelhauser, professor and former director of research, was selected by Emory Technology Transfer as the “2013 Start- up Company of the Year” winner for his work in ophthalmic-use microneedles (Clearside Biomedical).

Edelhauser also was selected to receive Michigan State University’s 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award by the College of Natural Science.

Hans E. Grossniklaus (MBA ’06), F. Phinizy Calhoun Jr. Professor of Ophthalmology; director, L.F. Montgomery Pathology Laboratory; and director, Section of Ocular Oncology and Pathology, attended the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) meeting in Hyderabad, India, in January 2013. While there, he was elected into the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI), a prestigious organization consisting of the world’s top academic ophthalmologists. There are approximately 70 ophthalmologists from around the world in the AOI, an organization involved with excellence in teaching, research and service in worldwide ophthalmology.

Pocket guide to Ocular Oncology and Pathology (Springer)Grossniklaus also is editor of the newly published Pocket Guide to Ocular Oncology and Pathology (Springer), a handbook designed to serve as a reference on the clinical features and pathology of ocular tumors. It comprises approximately 75 entries that cover the full spectrum of clinically encountered ocular tumors as well as tumor classification and other selected topics. Associate editors include Eye Center physicians Chris Bergstrom (res. ’02-05; retina fellow ’05-07); G. Baker Hubbard (res. ’95-98); and Jill R. Wells (ocular oncology fellow ’11).

G. Baker Hubbard III (res. ’95-98) Thomas M. Aaberg Professor of Ophthalmology and director, retina service,will join the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Secretariat for State Affairs as the regional representative for Ga., S.C., and N.C. in January 2014. 

Amy K. Hutchinson (ophthalmic pathology fellow ’92-93; res. ’93-96) was awarded volunteer of the year from Prevent Blindness Georgia for the work she has been doing on the National Expert Panel of the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health.

Hutchinson also 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, soon to be published.  She currently serves on the advisory committee.

P. Michael Iuvone, Sylvia Montag Ferst and Frank W. Ferst Professor of Ophthalmology and director of research, gave a plenary lecture, “Keeping time in the retina: circadian regulation of gene expression and visual function” at the International Congress on Chronobiology in New Delhi, India, last fall.

Scott R. Lambert, R. Howard Dobbs Professor of Ophthalmology and director, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, is chair of the Pediatric Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee for AAO. He was guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Tunisian Society of Ophthalmology in Tunis last spring. He also was appointed to the Data Monitoring Committee for Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Therapeutics Data and Safety Monitoring Board.

Phoebe D. Lenhart (’05 M; res. ’05-08; pediatric fellow ’09) and cornea specialist Bhairavi K. Dholakia received a $20,000 Knights Templar Grant for a pediatric corneal topography project for the treatment for keratoconus. Early stages of KCN often go undetected because the patient does not have symptoms early, when treatment may be most helpful. Corneal topography is an imaging technique that enables diagnosis of KCN by detecting early stages of corneal irregularities.

The goal of their study is to provide corneal topographies (surface measurements) for patients with Down syndrome to detect early KCN in hopes that early detection will enable CXL (a minimally invasive procedure) to stabilize the cornea, halt the progression of KCN, and lower their risk for the more expensive, invasive, and less predictable corneal transplant. 

Nancy J. Newman, LeoDelle Jolley Professor of Ophthalmology and director, neuro-ophthalmology, gave the welcome address as the president of the Princeton Alumni Association to the incoming freshman class of 2017 at Princeton University on September 7, 2013.

Also in September she presented the welcome address at the installation of Christopher L. Eisgruber, Princeton University's 20th President, representing 88,000+ Princeton alumni.

At 2013 AAO, Newman presented the prestigious William F. Hoyt Lecture, “Neuro-Ophthalmology in Review: Around the Brain with 50 Fellows.” Newman’s brother, Steven Newman, also a neuro-ophthalmologist, presented the same lecture in 2011 and was introduced by his sister.

John M. Nickerson, professor and vice director, research, was awarded the prestigious Gold Fellow status by ARVO. In 2009 he was awarded the Silver Fellow status. Nickerson has served at the Eye Center since 1991. He has received extramural funding for his research since the mid-1980s. He has received research funding from the NEI (NIH), the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Fight for Sight, the Knights Templar of Georgia, and Research to Prevent Blindness, among others.

Nickerson is a founding editor and current editor-in-chief of Molecular Vision, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the dissemination of research results in molecular biology, cell biology and the genetics of the visual system.

Emory Eye Center director Timothy W. Olsen (retina fellow ’94-96), F. Phinizy Calhoun Sr. Professor of Ophthalmology and chair, ophthalmology, received AAO’s Secretariat Award, which recognizes ophthalmologists for his contributions to the development of the AAO’s Knowledge Base. He served on the Practicing Ophthalmologists Curriculum (POC) Retina and Vitreous Panel, first as a member, then vice chair and, ultimately, chair. He also currently serves as the chair of the Retina Preferred Practice Patterns for AAO.

Olsen was inducted into Emory's  prestigious Millipub Club

In October 2013, Olsen was inducted into
Emory’s prestigious Millipub Club.

He serves as Membership Committee chair of the American Ophthalmologic Society (AOS), 2013 -2014. He presented the Gaynelle Robertson Memorial lecture and was visiting professor, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

In October 2013, Olsen was inducted into Emory’s prestigious Millipub Club. The club honors and recognizes current Emory faculty who have published one or more individual papers throughout their careers that have each garnered more than 1,000 citations. Such a paper is commonly considered a “citation classic” and represents high impact scholarship.

Bradley Randleman book coverJ. Bradley Randleman (res. ’99-02; cornea fellow ’04), professor and director of cornea, external disease and refractive surgery, is co-editor of the book, Corneal Collagen Cross-Linking (Slack, 2013), which provides a summary of the cross-linking theory, treatment, outcomes, and complications and their management. Randleman also serves as editor-in-chief, Journal of Refractive Surgery.

Michael Ward, MMSc, named "2014 Practitioner of the Year”

Ward and presenter GP Lens Institute
Executive Director Edward Bennett,

Michael A. Ward (MMSc ’99), instructor and director, contact lens service, was named “2014 Practitioner of the Year,” presented 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” by the Contact Lens Manufacturer Association’s GP Lens Institute, its education component, on Oct. 11, 2013 in Savannah, Ga.

Ted H. Wojno, MD, James and Shirley Kuse Professor of Ophthalmology and director, oculoplastics, orbital and cosmetic surgery, was invited speaker at the “State of the Art in Facial Aesthetics 2013” meeting in Atlanta, last spring.

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