The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the largest national membership association of ophthalmologists, medical and osteopathic doctors (Eye MDs) who provide comprehensive eye care, including medical, surgical and optical care. More than 90 percent of practicing U.S. Eye MDs and over 7,000 international Eye MDs are Academy members. The mission of AAO is to advance the lifelong learning and professional interests of ophthalmologists to ensure that the public can obtain the best possible eye care. Honored at this year’s meeting were:
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.
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, 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. Grossniklaus is the F. Phinizy Calhoun Jr. Professor of Ophthalmology, the director of the nationally-respected L.F. Montgomery Pathology Laboratory and the section of Ophthalmic Pathology/Ocular Oncology. He is a renowned physician with expertise in diagnostic ophthalmic pathology, ocular oncology, age-related macular degeneration and ophthalmic pathology research.
Purnima Patel (transition year res. ’06; res. ’06-09) received the AAO Achievement Award 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.