Department Chair: Julia A Haller, MD/Program Director: Tara Uhler, MD
Wills Eye Hospital is the recipient of the Academy’s 2014 Commitment to Advocacy award. The award was presented to Wills by Academy leaders in January 2015 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. Since the Advocacy Ambassador Program was lauched in 2004, Wills has annually sponsored two to four residents to attend the Mid-Year Forum and Congressional Advocacy Day.