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American Academy Elects Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD

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Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MDMay 8, 2009 | (ATLANTA) Eve Higginbotham, SM, MD, Emory professor of Ophthalmology and dean and senior vice president for Academic Affairs for Morehouse School of Medicine, has been elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. The Academy, one of the nation's most prestigious honorary societies and a center for independent policy research, announced its selection April 20. She is among the 210 new fellows and 19 Foreign Honorary Members representing leaders in the sciences, the humanities and the arts, business, public affairs and the nonprofit sector.

Emory University President James W. Wagner and Emory Professor of Neurology Mahlon DeLong, MD, were also named fellows this year. Dr. Higginbotham serves in the Glaucoma Section of Emory Eye Center. Her clinical focus is on the evaluation of the glaucoma suspect and consultation and management of difficult glaucoma.

Her research interests include: Phase II & Phase III trials in glaucoma; epidemiology of glaucoma; clinical trials in glaucoma; neuroprotection; and physiology of the conjunctiva and trabecular meshwork.

“We are thrilled for Dr. Higginbotham, “ says Timothy W. Olsen, the F. Phinizy Calhoun Sr. Professor and director, Emory Eye Center. “She is certainly well deserving of this highly prestigious award. Such recognition reflects her consummate skills as a physician-scientist as well as her talents in teaching and leadership. We commend her for this outstanding academic accomplishment. It is an honor to have such a prestigious individual as a part of our faculty.”

Dr. Higginbotham earned her medical degree at Harvard, did an internship at Pacific Medical Center, and her residency at LSU Eye Center, where she was chief resident. Dr. Higginbotham completed a fellowship in glaucoma at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She became Morehouse School of Medicine’s dean and senior vice president for Academic Affairs in 2006. Upon her appointment in 1994, Higginbotham served as chair of the Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Department at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore, making her the first woman to head a university-based ophthalmology department in the United States.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Maryland, Dr. Higginbotham was chief of the Glaucoma Clinic at the University of Illinois (1985 to 1990) and was an associate professor with tenure at the University of Michigan (1990 to 1994), where she served as assistant dean for Faculty Affairs.

Dr. Higginbotham is a member of the Friends of the Congressional Glaucoma Caucus Foundation (FCGCF). As the director of Outreach Services for the FCGCF, she developed Student Sight Savers, a program that encourages medical students to screen for glaucoma in their local communities and, as a result, enhances their exposure to ophthalmology. Student Sight Savers programs are now under way in more than 40 medical schools nationally.

In 2000, Higginbotham was elected to the Institute of Medicine. She has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, and has co-edited four textbooks in ophthalmology.

She has been a member of the editorial boards of the Archives of Ophthalmology, Eye World, and Ophthalmology Times. She has been listed among the Best Doctors in America for more than a decade, one of the top 10 Baltimoreans in 2000, and among the "Top Docs" in Baltimore and Michigan. Most recently in June 2008, she was elected to the Board of Overseers at Harvard University.


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