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April 3, 2003

Emory Eye Center Director Aaberg honored with election to prestigious Honor Medical Society

(ATLANTA) Thomas M. Aaberg, Sr., MD, director of the Emory Eye Center and chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine, was recently elected to Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Honor Medical Society.

Selection is based not only on professional achievements but also on integrity, capacity for leadership, compassion, and fairness in dealing with colleagues. “This honor is thus a testimony to your academic excellence and outstanding surgical and teaching skills you have demonstrated as a member of the faculty at Emory University School of Medicine,” said Jonas A. Shulman, MD, acting faculty councillor of the AOA Beta Chapter of Georgia. "Dr. Aaberg is an outstanding role model for our medical students,” says Thomas J. Lawley, Dean of the Emory School of Medicine. “He combines dedication to teaching and research with his skill as an excellent clinician. Emory is very fortunate to have Dr. Aaberg as one of our leaders."

A retina specialist of international renown, Dr. Aaberg pioneered surgical techniques for retina and vitreous disorders that are used by ophthalmologists worldwide. He joined the Emory Eye Center in 1988 and is responsible for building the center to its current stature as one of the country’s top eye centers with national rankings, treating more than 70,000 patients each year. During his watch, the Emory Eye Center has been ranked as one of the country's top eye centers in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings. Additionally, the center is one of the top ten NIH-funded eye research institutions in the U.S., with total grant funds of close to $5 million. Ophthalmology Times, a news magazine for ophthalmologists, consistently includes the Emory Eye Center in the top 10 of several of its national categories.

Dr. Aaberg earned his medical degree with honors at Harvard Medical School. He interned at Minneapolis General Hospital and served his residency at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. He served fellowships at Harvard and at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine. Prior to his Emory appointment, Dr. Aaberg served on the faculty of Harvard Medical School, University of Oklahoma Medical School, University of Miami School of Medicine and at the Medical College of Wisconsin, where he last served as professor and vice-chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology. The recipient of numerous research awards, grants and fellowships, he has published articles, presented papers and honorary lectures for more than three decades.

Dr. Aaberg recently served as president of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO). He holds memberships in the American Academy of Ophthalmology, where he is a diplomate, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, the Macula Society (past president) and the Pan American Ophthalmological Society, among others. In fall of 2000 he received the Hermann Wacker Prize, a prestigious international award denoting significant contributions to world ophthalmology.

Dr. Aaberg and his wife reside in Atlanta (30327).

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