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March 9, 2017
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Faculty RecognitionEmory Eye Center physicians Giangiacomo, Hayek and Maa awarded associate professorships

(ATLANTA) Emory Eye Center is pleased to announce that three faculty members have been promoted to associate professor of Ophthalmology with Emory University School of Medicine’s Ophthalmology department.

They are glaucoma specialist Annette Giangiacomo, MD; oculoplastics surgeon Brent Hayek, MD; and comprehensive ophthalmologist April Maa, MD. Each physician joined Emory Eye Center in 2008.

Annette Giangiacomo, MDDr. Giangiacomo works with patients on all aspects of their glaucoma treatment, whether it’s medical management, surgical intervention or research through clinical trials. She serves as a volunteer physician with Georgia Lions Lighthouse and recently traveled to Ghana to teach new skills to physicians and other healthcare providers working with children diagnosed with glaucoma. Dr. Giangiacomo evaluated pediatric glaucoma patients as she frequently does in her practice at Emory, and performed surgery on approximately twenty of them during her time in Ghana.

Brent Hayek, MDDr. Hayek’s expertise includes both reconstructive and cosmetic procedures for the eyelids and surrounding face. He performs surgery to correct issues ranging from droopy/malpositioned eyelids to tumors around the eye, orbital fractures and tear duct problems. He has been part of numerous medical teams helping diagnose and treat patients and train healthcare workers in Madagascar, Ethiopia and other countries as part of Global Ophthalmology-Emory.

April Maa, MDDr. Maa provides medical and surgical eye care for veterans at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. She also serves as director of the Atlanta VAMC Eye Clinic’s comprehensive tele-ophthalmology program. This program provides veterans in rural areas with better access to eye care by offering comprehensive eye screenings and free eyeglasses for veterans who live in medically underserved areas. Other VA Medical Centers are beginning to implement the program because of its success.


“Dr. Giangiacomo, Dr. Hayek and Dr. Maa are to be commended for their promotion within the Emory Department of Ophthalmology,” says Allen D. Beck, MD, interim chair of ophthalmology and interim director of Emory Eye Center. “Many of our patients are unaware that the duties of an academic clinician include performing clinical studies, giving lectures and clinical instruction to medical students, residents and fellows, and service activities such as with our Global Ophthalmology program. We are very proud of these three physicians and are happy to announce their accomplishment.”


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