Faculty honors/awards

Maria Aaron

Maria Aaron Maria Aaron, comprehensive ophthalmology, received the AAO Senior Achievement Award bestowed by the Awards Committee and the Board of Trustees for her numerous contributions made to the Academy, its scientific and educational programs and to ophthalmology.

Fulya Anderson

Fulya Anderson, ODFulya Anderson, optometrist, was recognized at the second annual Celebration of Faculty Excellence Ceremony and Reception at Emory in October.

Allen Beck

Alan Beck Allen Beck (res. '90-93; glaucoma fellow '93-94) delivered the 7th American Glaucoma Society Surgery Day in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The Surgery Day Lecture was presented at the 2016 AGS Annual Meeting in early March.  He was listed in "Top Doctors" in Atlanta Magazine in January 2015.  He was appointed interim chair and director of Emory Eye Center in March 2016.

Jeffrey Boatright and John Nickerson

Researchers Jeffrey Boatright and John Nickerson are quoted in "The Scientist" (Sept. 1, 2015) in an article, “The Great Big Clean-Up,” which argues the need for scientists to properly and personally identify the cell lines they use in their labs.

Jeffrey Boatright

Jeffrey Boatright, PhDJeffrey Boatright was appointed to the Board of Governors for the ARVO Foundation for Eye Research. The Board of Governors presides over all business of the Foundation and sets the strategic direction for the ARVO Foundation. The governing body has the final responsibility and authority of all actions and policies, recommended or adopted by standing and special committees and representatives to professional and governmental organizations, agents and employees.

Anastasios Costarides

 Anastasios Costarides Anastasios Costarides, glaucoma, received the AAO Achievement Award. It is bestowed by the Awards Committee and the Board of Trustees for his contributions made to the Academy, its scientific and educational programs and to ophthalmology.

Hans E. Grossniklaus

Hans E. Grossniklaus Hans E. Grossniklaus, ocular oncology/pathology, received the AAO Life Achievement Award for many years of participation in the national meeting, his service to AAO and his significant contributions to ophthalmology. He edited Eye Pathology, An Illustrated Guide, a major textbook published by Springer in 2015. He was appointed interim vice-chair of Emory Eye Center in March 2016.

Amy Hutchinson

Amy Hutchinson, MDAmy Hutchinson (ophthalmology pathology fellow ’92-93; res. ’93-96) was promoted to professor. She also received an honor award for service to Prevent Blindness Georgia. She completed two terms on the Board of Directors, including that of the chairmanship most recently. She worked with a SOM discovery student to explore the use of the Hand Eye Chart at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf in summer 2015.

Michael Iuvone

Michael Iuvone, PhDMichael Iuvone was appointed to the 2015 IMC Scientific Committee, 15th International Myopia Conference, Wenzhou, China. 2015 IMC Scientific Committee, 15th International Myopia Conference, Wenzhou, China. He chaired a session on dopamine and myopia and also lectured.

April Maa

Arpil Maa April Maa received an HIP (Healthcare Innovation Program) grant for two years to do a head-to-head trial to compare her telemedicine eye protocol to a face- to-face exam. The Office of Rural Health (ORH) initially funded her grant at $450 and then increased to $1M. Recently, during the VA National Innovation week, she presented a series of videos made for VA, which will be released to general public and the national VA. She also presented a talk at AAO for AVAO, the Association of VA Ophthalmologists, on Technology-based Eye Care Services (TECS).

Nancy Newman and Valérie Biousse

Nancy Newman, MD and Valerie Biousse, MD The second edition of Neuro-ophthalmology Illustrated (Thieme) by Nancy Newman and Valérie Biousse is that publisher’s best seller this year.  Both were listed in "Top Doctors" in Atlanta Magazine in January 2015, Newman for neurology and neuro-ophthalmology and Biousse for neuro-ophthalmology.

John Nickerson

John Nickerson, PhD Researcher John Nickerson recently co-edited a new scientific text along with J. Fielding Hejtmancik of the NEI, Progress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science, Volume 134, Molecular Biology of Eye Disease (ISBN: 978-0-12-801059-4).

Timothy W. Olsen

Timothy Olsen, MD Timothy W. Olsen (retina fellow ’94-96) was honored at the Lions Eye Institute for Transplantation and Research in October. The Innovation & Research Award was presented at the LEITR annual gala, to an outstanding individual that has demonstrated a vision, dedication and commitment to Ocular Research. This year, the Eye Ball Gala was held in October 2015, where Olsen was recognized for his research on macular disease and age-related macular degeneration. Olsen is also a member of LEITR’s Research Advisory Board. He was listed in "Top Doctors" in Atlanta Magazine in January 2015.

Purnima Patel

Purnima Patel, MD Purnima Patel (transition year res. ’06; res. ’06-09) received an Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for contributions in the organization’s programming. She also was selected to participate in the AAO Leadership Development program representing the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology.

J. Bradley Randleman

Bradley Randleman, MD J. Bradley Randleman (res. ’99-02; cornea fellow ’04) was appointed the John H. and Helen S. Hughes Professor of Ophthalmology. He is director of the section of Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery. Randleman serves as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Refractive Surgery. He received the AAO’s inaugural ISRS (International Society of Refractive Surgery) award, one of five physicians to receive it. ISRS is the leading organization for refractive, cataract cornea and lens-based surgeons and a partner of the AAO. Randleman and Ike Ahmed, eds., published Intraocular Lens Surgery: Selection, Complications, and Complex Cases (Thieme Medical).

Steven Yeh

Steven Yeh, MD Steven Yeh has been appointed the Louise M. Simpson Professor of Ophthalmology in the section of Vitreoretinal Surgery & Diseases. He serves as director, section of Uveitis and Vasculitis. Louise Simpson (1916-2003), an Eye Center patient, set up the M. L. Simpson Foundation of Georgia with Emory Eye Center as a primary beneficiary.