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April 18, 2018

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April Maa, MD, receives prestigious clinical award from Veterans Health Administration

April Maa, MD, receives clinical award from VA

April Maa, MD, accepting the National Wolcott Award for Excellence in Clinical Care Leadership in Washington, DC.

Ophthalmologist April Maa, MD, has received the prestigious National Wolcott Award for Excellence in Clinical Care Leadership from the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). Maa is an associate professor of ophthalmology at Emory University, division of Emory Eye Center’s comprehensive ophthalmology service, and the Clinical Director of TECS (Technology-based Eye Care Services) for Regional Telehealth Services of the Atlanta VA.

The award recognizes outstanding VHA healthcare practitioners who deserve special recognition for their contributions that enhance clinical care. It was named after Mark Wolcott, MD, who dedicated more than 40 years to serve and improve the quality of care for the VHA’s veteran population.

The Excellence in Clinical Care Leadership award is given to a healthcare practitioner in a leadership role who has shown exceptional support for patient care providers, including supporting innovations that enhance the quality of direct patient care delivery.

Maa received the award due to her efforts to create and implement an eye disease screening program that allows the VA to reach even the most vulnerable and underserved patients. The program, known as TECS, helps equalize healthcare opportunities for rural, medically underserved, and homeless veterans.

“The program gives veterans better access to eye care by screening them at their primary care clinics,” Maa explains. “Older patients are at the greatest risk for developing potentially blinding eye conditions, but are also less likely to seek care if they have to travel. Providing the service closer to home can make it much easier for them to access the care they need.”

“Dr. Maa has provided mentorship, guidance, and leadership across the country and has helped transform eye care delivery throughout VA,” stated her award announcement. “Through the TECS platform, the VA can now use technology to help triage patients into levels of need (basic, intermediate, advanced), thereby tailoring the patient care experience to the appropriate provider while optimizing resources. The result is a more agile, forward-leaning, and cost-effective eye care delivery system based on the needs of the Veteran.”

Maa joined Emory Eye Center in August 2008 and treats patients in the VA Eye Clinic at the Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center.

 

 

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