The AUPO and the AAO are pleased to present Dr. Steven J. Gedde with the 2016 Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education. This award recognizes and celebrates an outstanding Program Director in ophthalmology.
Dr. Gedde is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Vice Chairman of Education at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He received his medical degree from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Dr. Gedde completed an ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Hospital, where he served as a Chief Resident. He pursued a glaucoma fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, after which he joined the faculty. He has served as Bascom Palmer’s Residency Program Director for the past 17 years.
During Dr. Gedde’s tenure as Program Director, Bascom Palmer’s residency has consistently ranked as the top ophthalmology training program in peer surveys by Ophthalmology Times and Doximity. He attributes the success of the residency program to outstanding chairmen and faculty who have been deeply committed to teaching the next generation of ophthalmologists. Dr. Gedde has published over 300 articles, book chapters, and abstracts. Several of his peer-reviewed papers and chapters are on subjects related to residency education. Dr. Gedde is Editor of the Morning Rounds section of EyeNet, a forum for residents to publish interesting case reports. He also serves on the Editorial Boards of Ophthalmology, Journal of Academic Ophthalmology, International Journal of Ophthalmic Research, Ocular Surgery News, EyeWorld, and Ophthalmology Management.
Dr. Gedde has been involved in multiple committees in national organizations focusing on residents and young ophthalmologists. Dr. Gedde has served on the Resident and Fellows Program Committee and Resident Education Task Force for the ASCRS. He has participated in the Education and Communication Committee for the AGS. He has presented on topics involving residency education at annual meetings of the AAO, ASCRS, and AGS. Dr. Gedde has been honored with several teaching awards in recognition of his commitment to residency education. He received Professor of the Year Awards and a First Year Teaching Award at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He was selected as South Florida’s Excellence in Health Care Educator of the Year.