• David W. Parke II, MD, AAO CEO; Steven E. Feldon, MD, AUPO EVP; Janice C. Law, MD, Associate Director for Resident Education, Vanderbilt Eye Institute; Paul Sternberg Jr., MD, G.W. Hale Professor and Chair, Vanderbilt Eye Institute; Laura L. Wayman,
    Department Chair: Paul Sternberg Jr., MD/Associate Program Director: Janice C. Law, MD

    Vanderbilt Eye Institute is the recipient of the Academy’s 2015 Commitment to Advocacy award. The award was presented to Vanderbilt by Academy leaders in January 2016 during the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology’s annual meeting.

    The Academy’s Secretariat for State Affairs created the award to recognize a training program and its leadership for demonstrating commitment to the Academy’s Advocacy Ambassador Program. The Advocacy Ambassador Program gives residents and fellows hands-on training in advocacy and policy development, and supports their attendance at the Academy’s annual Mid-Year Forum and Congressional Advocacy Day. Vanderbilt has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to engaging and educating members in training about the importance of advocating for their patients and their profession, and has collaborated closely with the Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology.