• AAO 2019 Opening Session and Annual Business Meeting

    Sunday, Oct. 13
    West Level 3
    8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
    Be inspired by your colleagues and hear from Academy leadership.

    Edward Jackson Memorial Lecture: Emily Y. Chew, MD.

    Emily Y. Chew, MD is the director of the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications and the deputy clinical director at the National Eye Institute (NEI), National Institutes of Health (NIH). She is a medical retina specialist with extensive experience in designing and implementing clinical trials. Among other pursuits, Dr. Chew is the study chair for the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2), investigating the use of lutein/zeaxanthin and/or omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids as treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.

    For the Jackson Memorial Lecture, Dr. Chew’s talk will focus on her clinical and research interests in diabetic eye disease and age-related eye diseases. The lecture is titled “Age-related Macular Degeneration: Nutrition, Genes and Deep Learning.”

    Laureate Award: Marilyn T. Miller, MD

    Marilyn T. Miller, MD is a professor of ophthalmology, practicing at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois, Chicago since 1965. Dr. Miller has a long-standing interest in international ophthalmology, especially in educational activities in the field of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. She has dedicated herself to preventing blindness and visual impairment in underserved regions in Africa, Asia, and Central and South America. Dr. Miller has been recognized many times for her many contributions to international service in ophthalmology, including the Howe Medal by the American Ophthalmological Society which denotes distinguished service to ophthalmology. It has had 75 recipients since first awarded in 1922 and Dr. Miller is only the third woman to receive this honor.

    Dr. Miller has served on a number of boards and advisory committees. She holds the honor of being the first female president of both the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS) and the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS). She has also served as president of the Chicago Ophthalmologic Society and a non-governmental organization, FOCUS Inc. Dr. Miller has participated in many capacities at the American Academy of Ophthalmology including as a member of the Board of Trustees and as a member of the Foundation Advisory Board. She established as well as chaired the Academy’s Committee on International Ophthalmology, and served for many years as one of the Academy’s representatives to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB).

    2019 Academy Awards

    A list of 2019 awardees will be available soon. You can view past recipients through the links below:

    Guests of Honor

    Distinguished Service Award

    Special Recognition Award

    Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award

    Outstanding Advocate Award

    International Blindness Prevention Award

    Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education

    Visionary Society Award