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Members of the Georgia Knights Templar in Macon at the 2015 presentation of support for Emory Eye Center
Members of the Georgia Knights Templar in Macon at the 2015 presentation of support for Emory Eye Center: L to R: Wade Smith Sr.; Bobby Simmons; Olsen; S. Fleetwood Maddox, MD; Julian Nussbaum, M.D. (chairman of the Georgia Regents Eye Care Center/Department of Ophthalmology & fellow recipient of funding from KT); Clyde Griffin.

March 11, 2015 

Emory Eye Center Recipient of Knights Templar Award

Media contact:  Joy Bell, 404-778-3711

(ATLANTA) The Emory Eye Center was recently awarded $42,000 by the Georgia Knights Templar Educational Foundation, Inc. The funding will be used to continue important educational and research opportunities that impact the entire state of Georgia. Over the past several years, the Georgia Knights Templar has awarded some $800,000 to the Emory Eye Center.

Included in the 2015 awards are the following:

  • Support for the Georgia Knights Templar Lectures in Pediatric Ophthalmology ($3K) for two 2014-2015 Pediatric Ophthalmology speakers.  This year’s Knights Templar speakers are James Reynolds, MD, University of Buffalo (October 2014), whose lecture was “Retinopathy of Prematurity.” The second speaker, Michael Repka, MD, MBA, Johns Hopkins University, will present in May 2015 on “Healthcare and Ophthalmology.

  • Support for the Learning Resources Center ($6K), Emory Eye Center’s state-of-the-art digital education center. Grand Founds and faculty meetings are broadcast to Grady Memorial Hospital, the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Emory Eye Center’s St. Joseph’s clinic and via iPad. It is a valuable resource in enabling our professionals to stay abreast of educational developments, organizational updates and faculty matters.

  • Support for the Pediatric Fellowship ($10K.) Funding provides partial support for this year’s fellow, Natalie Wiel, MD. The pediatric fellow provides valuable help to Emory Eye Center’s three pediatric ophthalmologists.

  • Support for Yousuf Khalifa, MD ($20K) and his Surgical Training Program at Grady Memorial Hospital which trains residents and post-graduates. Dr. Khalifa has established a new state-of-the-art surgical simulation facility to train the staff at Grady. In the future the facility will have cataract, glaucoma, cornea, retina, pediatric ophthalmology and oculoplastics simulation capabilities along with video recording. Current purchases have included special tables, chairs, a smart board and space renovation.  Collaboration with Georgia Tech is underway to develop an automated simulation grading program that may fundamentally change the way all ophthalmologists across the country are trained.

  • Support for Molecular Vision ($3K) (,  the online, open-access journal that has developed a strong scientific reputation and impact within all of the published scientific literature, particularly in vision research. The journal continues to be one of the leading publications for open-access science in ophthalmology and the vision sciences. Molecular Vision continues to have Chinese support through Zhongshan Ophthalmic Center (ZOC) and Sun Yat-sen University ($150K/yr.)

“The Knights Templar of Georgia continues to be a major partner in helping us to serve our patients, especially our educational mission this year,’” says Timothy W. Olsen, director of Emory Eye Center. “Our trainees are some of the most talented in the country and this new award helps us enhance our educational efforts even further.  We are honored that the Knights Templar feels that our mission to educate is worthy of their continued support.”

Knights Templar Eye Foundation
The Knights Templar Eye Foundation was formed in 1956 to provide assistance to those who face loss of sight and to aid ophthalmology research. It is sponsored by the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar. The funding of the Knights Templar helps provide momentum at Emory Eye Center for larger projects of the future.

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