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December 8, 2016
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Maria Aaron, MD, is named secretary of AAO Annual Meeting

Faculty Recognition(ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center ophthalmologist Maria Aaron, MD, has been selected as secretary for the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) Annual Meeting. The position is a three-year appointment based on AAO member voting.

As secretary, Aaron will ensure that the Annual Meeting provides the best opportunity for ophthalmologists and eye care providers to update their knowledge and skills. She also will be responsible for all the Academy programs, including ceremonial, educational, clinical and non-clinical.

“The Annual Meeting is the best place to discover new diagnostic tools, treatment options and surgical techniques,” Aaron says. “I’ll help plan ways to provide diverse educational opportunities at the conference that emphasize innovative, interactive sessions. Everything physicians can learn at the Annual Meeting helps them provide better care for their patients.”

Focusing on education is nothing new for Aaron. She has worked closely with the AAO on numerous educational programs, in addition to serving as Emory Eye Center’s residency program director for 14 years. She now is the associate dean of Graduate Medical Education for the Emory University School of Medicine.

Maria Aaron, MD, instructing residents in 2015
Maria Aaron, MD, with Abdallah Jeroudi, MD [Res. '15].

“I thoroughly enjoyed the challenges and rewards of educating residents,” Aaron says. “In my new role as associate dean, I’m responsible for the 104 residency programs and 1,271 residents and fellows at Emory. Now I look forward to finding ways to attract multiple generations of ophthalmologists to the Annual Meeting so they can further their education.”

“As physicians, we are committed to patient care, learning and discovery,” she continues. “I’ve attended the Annual Meeting for 19 years and continue to discover the unique opportunities that it provides. It’s truly an exciting time for ophthalmology and I’m honored to be part of it.”

“Serving as secretary of the American Academy of Ophthalmology is a tremendous opportunity for Dr. Aaron,” says Allen Beck, MD, interim chair of ophthalmology and director of Emory Eye Center. “She is an excellent physician and educator, and we’re proud to support her in this new venture.”


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