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October 25, 2016

American Academy of Ophthalmology Recognizes Emory Eye Center Physicians for Their Work

(ATLANTA) Three of Emory Eye Center's faculty members and one first-year resident were recognized at the American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) annual conference in Chicago last week.

Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD, MBA Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD, MBA, was awarded Life Member status by the AAO. A member must be active and in good standing with AAO for 35 years to be eligible for consideration as a life member. Dr. Grossniklaus has received the Senior Achievement Award and two Secretariat Awards from AAO in previous years. He is founding director of the Emory Eye Center's ocular oncology and pathology service and serves as interim chair of Emory Eye Center.

The AAO's Achievement Award program recognizes doctors and individuals who participate in the scientific programs at the Annual Meeting. The program encompass more than 25 categories of contribution to the Academy (such as presenting scientific posters or papers, teaching courses and serving on AAO committees).

G. Baker Hubbard III, MD G. Baker Hubbard III, MD, received the AAO Senior Achievement Award. Dr. Hubbard is the director of clinical retina services at Emory Eye Center and the vitreoretinal surgery fellowship training at Emory University. He has served as president of the Georgia Society of Ophthalmologists and previously received the Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists for his work in pediatric retina disorders.

Jill R. Wells, MD Jill R. Wells, MD, received the AAO Achievement Award. Dr. Wells works in Emory Eye Center's comprehensive ophthalmology and ocular oncology/pathology sections. She is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, and has a special interest in working with patients who are being treated for conjunctival tumors, posterior segment tumors, and retinoblastoma.

Steven Tucker, MD Steven Tucker, MD, a first-year ophthalmology residency program member at the Emory University School of Medicine, received "Blue Flag" and "Best in Session" awards for his poster presentation at the AAO conference. The poster was in the conference's Ophthalmology/Medical Education category and explained his research on whether the addition of cataract video coaching curriculum is a viable enhancement of surgical residency training.

"We're extremely proud of what our physicians do for our patients each day and for how they support the Academy's work," says Emory Eye Center interim chair Allen D. Beck, MD. "We're glad to see that the AAO has recognized them for their many contributions."

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