• AAO 2017 Opening Session and Annual Business Meeting

    Sunday, Nov. 12
    The Great Hall

    Join the Academy's new secretary for annual meeting, Maria M. Aaron, MD, to find new inspiration and solutions in New Orleans.

    Time Topic Presenter
    8:30 a.m.   Opening Remarks Maria M. Aaron, MD
    8:32 a.m.   Academy President’s Address Cynthia A. Bradford, MD
    8:38 a.m.   Academy CEO’s Address David W. Parke II, MD
    8:44 a.m.   Academy Awards  
    8:52 a.m.   Laureate Award: Irene H. Maumenee, MD  
    8:55 a.m.   Election of Fellows & Members, Board of Trustees’ Election Announcement and New Business Cynthia A. Bradford, MD
    8:57 a.m.   Passing of the Gavel and Introduction of the President-Elect Cynthia A. Bradford, MD
    9:00 a.m.   Academy President-Elect’s Address Keith D. Carter, MD, FACS
    9:05 a.m.   Introduction of Keynote George A. Williams, MD
    9:07 a.m.   Keynote Address from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Administrator Seema Verma, MPH
    9:27 a.m.   Introduction of the Marmor Lecture Maria M. Aaron, MD
    9:28 a.m.   Keynote: Michael F. Marmor Lecture in Ophthalmology and the Arts, "One Man's Vision" Henry Butler
    9:48 a.m. Introduction of the Jackson Memorial Lecture Maria M. Aaron, MD
    9:50 a.m.   Jackson Memorial Lecture: "Intravitreal Therapy for Retinal Diseases: From CMV to CNV" Daniel F. Martin, MD
    10:15 a.m.   Jackson Memorial Lecture Award Presentation Richard K. Parrish II, MD
    10:16 a.m.   Concluding Remarks Maria M. Aaron, MD
    10:17 a.m. End of Session  

    Seema Verma MPHKeynote: Seema Verma, MPH, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Administrator

    Ms. Seema Verma was sworn in as the 15th Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on March 14, 2017. She brings deep experience in healthcare policy, Medicaid, insurance, and public health to her role at CMS. Ms. Verma is committed to empowering patients to take ownership of their healthcare and ensuring they have access to the resources they need to make informed decisions.

    For more than two decades, Ms. Verma has guided healthcare policy in the public and private sector. She has worked with states to build flexibility into their Medicaid programs to help them meet the diverse needs of their unique populations.  As the architect of the historic Healthy Indiana Plan, she helped create and implement the Nation’s first consumer-directed Medicaid program.

    Continuing her efforts to improve health outcomes for all Americans, Ms. Verma is working toward a new era of state flexibility and local leadership at CMS. She aims to reduce burdensome regulations so doctors and providers can focus on providing high quality healthcare to patients. She also supports implementing innovative solutions that will improve healthcare quality, accessibility, and outcomes for states, while driving down costs.

    Administrator Verma completed a Master’s degree in Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences from the University of Maryland. Previously she was the President, CEO, and founder of SVC, Inc., a national health policy consulting company.

    Daniel Martin - Jackson Memorial LectureJackson Memorial Lecture: Daniel F. Martin, MD

    Daniel F. Martin, MD is Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, the Barbara and A. Malachi Mixon III Institute Chair in Ophthalmology, and Professor of Ophthalmology in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. Dr. Martin completed medical school at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine followed by residency and chief residency in ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery and Diseases at Duke University Eye Center followed by a two-year fellowship in Uveitis and Ocular Immunology at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

    Dr. Martin’s primary research interest is in clinical trials and the evaluation of new treatments for retinal diseases. Dr. Martin serves as the Study Chair for the Comparison of AMD Treatments Trials (CATT) and also serves as the Study Chair for the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR). He has previously served as principal investigator for AREDS, SOCA, MUST, and numerous AMD, diabetes, and uveitis trials as well as on numerous Data and Safety Monitoring Boards and Steering Committees. Dr. Martin was extensively involved in the development of the ganciclovir implant and later valganciclovir for the treatment of CMV retinitis, serving as Study Chair for the clinical trials that resulted in FDA approval of both of these drugs.

    He has published more than 180 peer-reviewed articles, delivered 26 named lectures, and delivered more than 310 invited lectures. Dr. Martin has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 74th Jackson Memorial Lecture, the Senior Honor Award and Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Pyron Award, the Crystal Apple Award and Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Rosenthal Award and the Gass Medal from the Macula Society, the 2013 Sam and Maria Miller Award for Scientific Achievement in Clinical Research from the Cleveland Clinic, and the Cless Medal. Dr Martin has previously served on the Board of Governors for the Cleveland Clinic.

    Henry Butler - Marmor LectureMichael F. Marmor Lecture in Ophthalmology and the Arts: Henry Butler

    Considered the premier exponent of the great New Orleans jazz and blues piano tradition, Butler is a ten-time Pinetop Perkins (formerly W. C. Handy) Best Blues Instrumentalist Award nominee. A rich amalgam of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues, and R&B, his music is as
    excitingly eclectic as that of his New Orleans birthplace.

    Blinded by glaucoma at birth, Butler has been playing the piano since he was six years old, and arranging, composing, and performing professionally since he was twelve.

    Butler’s sound has been influenced by the streets (he grew up in the Calliope Projects in New Orleans, has traveled the world, lived on both coasts and in the heartland); by studying with the greats (Alvin Batiste, Sir Roland Hanna, Professor Longhair, and James Booker, among others);
    by institutions (Louisiana School for the Blind, Southern University, Baton Rouge, and Michigan State University); and by his willingness to explore new boundaries and to take risks.

    To date, Butler has played almost every major club and festival in the United States, as well as venues in Brazil, France, Norway, Italy, Japan, Australia, and more. For over forty years, he has conducted workshops, clinics, and master classes throughout the country; he also developed a camp for blind and visually impaired teen musicians, the subject of a 2010 documentary, The Music’s Gonna Get You Through.

    Butler’s photographs exploring the sighted world’s relationship with the flat representational image and its power continue to be exhibited nationally and internationally and appear in major newspapers across the country. He and his photographic work were featured in the recent
    documentary Dark Light: the Art of Blind Photographers, and his work is included in the exhibition Sight Unseen: International Photography by Blind Artists, still on tour.

    The most recent of his many CDs is Viper’s Drag (with Butler, Bernstein & The Hot 9) on Impulse! It follows PiaNOLA Live, with works pulled from his rich archives, about all that survived Hurricane Katrina. Butler can also be heard on recordings by other musicians, including
    Cyndi Lauper, Jeff Golub, and Odetta, and on the 2012 release of Treme, Season 2: Music from the Original HBO Series.


    Irene Maumenee MDLaureate Award: Irene H. Maumenee, MD

    Irene H. Maumenee, MD is a world-renowned genetic ophthalmologist and seminal figure in the rapidly advancing field of ophthalmic genetics. She has devoted her life work to understanding and teaching of genetic eye diseases. Her work has contributed to a shift in the research methodology used to elucidate the etiologies of rare hereditary ophthalmic disorders. These approaches now also extend to common ophthalmic diseases, such as open-angle glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration. We honor her for the lasting contributions that introduced formal genetic concepts to the field of eye care.

    Dr. Maumenee is a research professor of ophthalmology, pediatric and adult strabismus service and the director of the Ocular Genetics Laboratory at the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago. While a faculty member of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, she founded and directed the Johns Hopkins Center for Hereditary Eye Diseases. She also co-founded the International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases and Retinoblastoma. Her clinical and research interests are the classification and management of hereditary ocular diseases, population genetics and molecular genetics.

    She has published more than 300 journal articles and is the section editor for birth defects and genetic diseases for the British Journal of Ophthalmology. Dr. Maumenee is the recipient of awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the National Marfan Foundation, Women in Ophthalmology and the International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases & Retinoblastoma.

    See full biography.

    2017 Academy Awards

    Guests of Honor
    Reagan H. Bradford Jr., MD
    Michael W. Brennan, MD
    Amalia M. Miranda, MD

    Distinguished Service Award
    Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology
    Accepted by: Eduardo C. Alfonso, MD & J. Fernando Arevalo, MD, FACS

    David A. Karcher

    Special Recognition Award
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Accepted by: Jinan Saaddine, MD, MPH

    Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award
    Howard C. Cohn, MD
    Stephen T. Petty, MD

    Outstanding Advocate Award
    Gregory P. Kwasny, MD, OCS

    International Blindness Prevention Award
    Sheila K. West, PhD

    Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education
    Shahzad I. Mian, MD

    Visionary Society Award