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November 28, 2017
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Drs. Maria Aaron and Baker Hubbard chosen for Woodruff Leadership Academy

grid of faculty images Emory Eye Center ophthalmologists Maria Aaron, MD, and G. Baker Hubbard, III, MD, have been selected to participate in Emory University’s Woodruff Leadership Academy (WLA). Their naming to the 2018 class comes after an involved nomination and selection process; only 24 participants are chosen each year from across Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center.

WLA combines a program of classroom sessions, off-site team projects, and weekend retreats to help participants develop, exercise, and strengthen individual leadership potential. Topics focus on all aspects of being a leader within an academic health center, including understanding the principles and responsibilities of leadership, honing strategic thinking and negotiation skills, and learning about finance, marketing, and more. The program began in 2003.

Maria Aaron, MD

Dr. Aaron is a comprehensive ophthalmologist who currently serves as associate dean of graduate medical education for Emory’s School of Medicine. Prior to that, she spent 14 years as program director for the ophthalmology residency program.

“Throughout my career, I’ve enjoyed connecting with the people around me to work toward a common goal,” Aaron says, “but I’m learning that there is much more to leadership than this. I hope the WLA program will help me develop strategic thinking, conflict resolution, and negotiating skills. My hope is that I will continue to grow as a leader and role model at our institution.”

Baker Hubbard, MD

Dr. Hubbard is director of the retina service at the Emory Eye Center. He specializes in vitreoretinal surgery and pediatric retinal disorders, including retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), retinal detachment in children, and retinoblastoma (RB).

“The world of academic ophthalmology is filled with bright and talented individuals who have huge potential to for major accomplishments when they work together as a team,” Hubbard says.  “I am interested in learning about how to more effectively marshal the resources of medium and large size groups to achieve goals that would not be possible without effective teamwork.”

Both Aaron and Hubbard have earned Senior Achievement Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology for their numerous contributions to the Academy, its scientific and educational programs, and to ophthalmology.



The Emory Eye Center is the largest, most comprehensive eye care facility in Georgia, serving patients for more than 125 years. With programs in cornea, retina (surgical and medical), glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, ophthalmic pathology and pediatric ophthalmology, Emory Eye Center has long been one of the most sought-after training programs for ophthalmology subspecialties. Innovative treatments, groundbreaking research and personalized care have earned the Eye Center the respect of patients and providers alike.

Established in 1966, the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center (WHSC) encompasses components of Emory University responsible for education of health professionals, research affecting health and illness, patient care, and policies for prevention and treatment of disease. WHSC includes Emory Healthcare, Emory University School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, Winship Cancer Institute, and Yerkes National Primate Research Center.


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