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    ACADEMY LAUREATE: JERRY A. SHIELDS, MD. The Laureate Recognition Award honors physicians who have made the most significant contributions to ophthalmology leading to the prevention of blindness and restoration of sight worldwide.

    This Year’s Laureate: Jerry A. Shields, MD

    The Board of Trustees of the Academy is proud to announce Jerry A. Shields, MD, as the recipient of the Laureate Recognition Award for 2014.

    Dr. Shields is director of the Wills Eye Hospital Ocular Oncology Service (which he established in 1974) and professor of ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. His main research focus is on choroidal melanoma and retinoblastoma, and he has devoted more than 40 years to advancing the early diagnosis and treatment of ocular cancer. In the treatment of these cancers, Dr. Shields and his team have improved local irradiation, local surgical resection, laser photocoagulation, thermotherapy, and chemotherapy. His work on these procedures has saved many eyes that otherwise would have been removed. Dr. Shields has served on editorial boards for the American Journal of Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Cancer, Retina, Journal of Pediatric Ophthalmology, and numerous others. He has authored or coauthored more than 1,300 original articles in scientific journals, 550 textbook chapters, and 13 textbooks, including the Atlas of Intraocular Tumors and Atlas of Eyelid, Conjunctival, and Orbital Tumors.

    Dr. Shields was an organizer and first president of the International Society of Ocular Oncology, president of the Ophthalmic Club of Philadelphia, treasurer and president of the Macula Society, and president of the medical staff of Wills Eye Hospital. He has received more than 40 awards for his contributions to the field, including the National Physician of the Year Award for Clinical Excellence from Castle Connolly in 2013. Additionally, in 2012, the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology established the Jerry Shields Lecture, which will be presented at its annual meetings.

    In recognition of Dr. Shields’ contributions to ophthalmology, the Academy will honor him as the 2014 Laureate during the Opening Session at AAO 2014.

    At AAO 2014 in Chicago, read EyeNet’s in-depth profile of Dr. Shields in Academy News, the meeting tabloid that is distributed onsite at the convention center.


    Take Notice

    Visit the Academy

    View new Academy products or learn about membership at the Academy’s booth during the following meetings:

    • American Society of Retina Specialists: 32nd Annual Meeting. Aug. 9-13, San Diego. Booth 1100.
    • European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons: XXXII Congress. Sept. 13-17, London. Booth H04.

    New Chart Auditing Service

    Don’t get caught off guard by a payer’s audit of your charts. To avoid penalties, ensure that your records are in the best shape possible. Sign up for the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives’ (AAOE) new Ophthalmology Chart Auditing Service for a thorough review of your chart documentation by the Academy’s coding experts.

    For more information, visit the AAOE's Chart Auditing Service website.

    August 2014 Academy Notebook

    ONE SPOTLIGHT: Watch Steve T. Charles, MD, demonstrate his vitreoretinal surgery techniques. Refine your approach to epiretinal and internal limiting membranes with the new video series Master Class in Vitreoretinal Surgery

    In this ONE Network exclusive, Dr. Charles walks you through membrane peeling, scissors delamination, macular hole repair, and more.

    To view the series, visit the ONE Network.

    Members at Large

    Jose Rizal Medal and International Medal

    At the 2014 World Ophthalmology Congress in Tokyo on April 2, the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) awarded David F. Chang, MD, the Jose Rizal International Medal, and Dennis S.C. Lam, MD, the Jose Rizal Medal. These medals commemorate Dr. Jose Rizal, an ophthalmologist who became a national hero of the Philippines. They are awarded annually to an international ophthalmologist and an Asian-Pacific ophthalmologist respectively for exceptional contributions to ophthalmology in the Asia-Pacific region.


    Texas Distinguished Service Award

    The Texas Medical Association (TMA) presented Alan C. Baum, MD, with the TMA Distinguished Service Award—the association’s highest honor—at TexMed 2014 in May for his work as a leader in TexPAC and TMA’s legislative activities.

    “Calling on legislators can make such a difference when they see that you’re willing to share what’s important to your patients and your practice,” he said.


    2014 Artemis Award Winner

    The Academy awarded John M. Cropsey, MD, its inaugural Artemis Award. The award was established to honor a young ophthalmologist Academy member who has demonstrated caring and service of an exemplary degree to his or her patients. Dr. Cropsey was nominated by Wills Eye Hospital.


    Academy Store

    Try Focal Points With a Free Digital Issue

    Focal Points provides concise guidance from the experts on specific clinical topics. In 16 pages or less, each module walks you through diagnosis, treatment, and the latest standards of care for each condition.

    You can read the issue online or download it to your Apple iPad or Android tablet. Be sure to try the search, highlighting, and note-taking tools. Subscribers to the print or digital versions of Focal Points will receive a new issue each month and will have access to more than 100 issues in the digital archive.

    Try Focal Points: Entropion and Ectropion for free.

    August 2014 Academy Notebook

    RETINA INFORMED CONSENT VIDEOS: Save time, mitigate risk. Video is one of the most effective and versatile tools in today’s informed consent process. Retina Informed Consent videos save you time, increase practice efficiency, and bolster patient understanding. Now, with iPads, tablets, laptops, and patient portals, video is easier than ever to incorporate into your practice. The Academy’s Retina Informed Consent Video Collection (#057162V) contains 21 five-minute videos on common retinal conditions and explains risks and benefits to enhance patient understanding, encourage consent, improve compliance, and set realistic expectations to mitigate malpractice risk. The collection is OMIC-reviewed and has videos in both English and Spanish.

    “These are professionally produced videos that clearly explain a variety of retinal in-office and surgical procedures. I use these extensively on a daily basis for my patients,” said Academy member and retina specialist Hardeep S. Dhindsa, MD. “For surgical patients, I have found these videos so beneficial that I instituted a separate preop clinic visit to ensure that patients watch the relevant video in an unhurried manner. This is one of the most useful products that the Academy has produced.”

    To see a video clip and order, visit the Academy Store.

    D.C. Report

    Take Advantage of Congress’ August Recess

    This month, Congress departs Capitol Hill for an extended break from legislating. Lawmakers will use the time to meet with constituents, hold town hall meetings, and visit local organizations and businesses. The recess serves as an opportunity for ophthalmologists to advocate for the Academy’s legislative agenda, promoting change in Washington, D.C., that will benefit patients and the profession.

    The Academy provides support. The Academy is taking advantage of lawmakers’ visits to their home districts. Its Congressional Advocates—Academy members who have relationships with members of Congress—are meeting with lawmakers throughout the month. The Academy is providing Congressional Advocates with background materials, one-on-one support, and assistance in arranging the meetings. According to a study by the nonpartisan, nonprofit Congressional Management Foundation, such meetings are one of the most influential ways to interact with members of Congress.

    Influencing legislation. During tours of ophthalmology practices and town hall meetings, ophthalmologists and lawmakers are having open dialogues about the need to permanently repeal the sustainable growth rate formula used to calculate Medicare physician payments. Academy members are also urging representatives to cosponsor legislation requiring all health care providers to disclose their professional credentials in their advertising and to their patients during office visits, with the intent of mitigating and ending patient confusion over who is providing their medical care.

    Get involved. The Academy’s goal is to have at least one Congressional Advocate in every legislative district. Support ophthalmology’s legislative agenda during the August recess—attend a town hall meeting with your representative or senators, or schedule a meeting with them either at your practice or in their district office.

    To arrange a meeting with members of Congress, contact Sage Bauer at sbauer@aaodc.org or 202-737-6622.

    For more information about the Congressional Advocacy program and the Academy’s federal legislative agenda, visit the Academy's OphthPAC website.


    2014 Awards

    Announcing the 2014 Academy Awards

    It is with great pleasure and pride that the Academy Board of Trustees and the Awards Committee announce this year’s award recipients.


    Individuals who are honored with the Special Awards are invited to attend AAO 2014 in Chicago as guests of the Academy President, Gregory L. Skuta, MD.


    This recognition honors individuals selected by the president for their contributions to ophthalmology and the Academy.

    Richard K. Parrish II, MD
    M. Bruce Shields, MD
    Richard Zorab


    This award honors individuals or organizations for ongoing notable service to both ophthalmology and the Academy.

    European Society of Ophthalmology


    This award recognizes individuals for their lifetime commitment to and support of ophthalmology.

    Richard P. Mills, MD, MPH


    This award recognizes Academy members for their outstanding contribution to humanitarian efforts, such as participation in charitable activities, care of the indigent, involvement in community service, and other forms of ophthalmological care performed above and beyond the typical duties of an ophthalmologist.

    Donald L. Budenz, MD, MPH
    Alan S. Crandall, MD


    This award recognizes Academy members for their participation in advocacy-related efforts at the state and/or federal levels.

    Cynthia Mattox, MD, FACS
    Kenneth D. Tuck, MD, FACS


    This award honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to the prevention of blindness or the restoration of sight around the world.

    Rubens Belfort Jr., MD, PhD


    This program recognizes individuals (members and nonmembers) for their time and contribution to the scientific programs of the annual meeting and those who serve as Academy committee members, representatives, trustees, councilors, authors, coauthors, and reviewers of educational material.


    Individuals who have cumulatively earned 60 Achievement Award points and have made significant contributions to ophthalmology as determined by the Awards Committee are nominated for this award.

    Eduardo C. Alfonso, MD    
    Neil M. Bressler, MD    
    Devron H. Char, MD    
    Anne Louise Coleman, MD, PhD        
    Donald J. D’Amico, MD    
    David A. Durfee, MD    
    David R. Hardten, MD    
    Richard A. Lewis, MD    
    James P. McCulley, MD, FACS, FRCOphth    
    Dale R. Meyer, MD, FACS    
    Stephen A. Obstbaum, MD    
    Andrew J. Packer, MD    
    Jose S. Pulido, MD, MS


    Individuals who have cumulatively earned 30 Achievement Award points are nominated to receive this award.

    Natalie A. Afshari, MD
    Esen K. Akpek, MD
    Deborah M. Alcorn, MD
    Anthony J. Aldave, MD
    Richard C. Angrist, MD
    Lisa B. Arbisser, MD
    Kerry K. Assil, MD
    Tin Aung, FRCS, PhD
    Edward H. Bedrossian Jr., MD, FACS
    Abdhish R. Bhavsar, MD
    Mark H. Blecher, MD
    David M. Brown, MD
    Susan R. Carter, MD
    Tom S. Chang, MD
    François Codère, MD
    Vital Paulino Costa, MD
    Arlene V. Drack, MD
    Alaa M. ElDanasoury, MD
    Sharon Fekrat, MD
    David S. Friedman, MD, MPH, PhD
    Damien Gatinel, MD
    Dan S. Gombos, MD
    Lynn K. Gordon, MD, PhD
    Mike P. Holzer, MD
    Mohamad S. Jaafar, MD, FACS
    Gregg T. Kokame, MD
    Maurice B. Landers, MD
    Linda M. Lawrence, MD
    Thomas C. Lee, MD
    Shan C. Lin, MD
    Gregg T. Lueder, MD
    Mary Gerard Lynch, MD
    Richard J. Mackool, MD
    Francis S. Mah, MD
    Edward E. Manche, MD
    Steven L. Mansberger, MD, MPH
    Antonio A.P. Marinho, MD, PhD
    Arman Mashayekhi, MD
    Ramana S. Moorthy, MD
    Asa Dan Morton III, MD
    Jonathan S. Myers, MD
    Thomas A. Oetting, MD
    Dante Pieramici, MD
    Roberto Pineda II, MD
    Rajesh K. Rajpal, MD
    J. Bradley Randleman, MD
    Russell W. Read, MD, PhD
    Shimon Rumelt, MD, MPA
    Virender S. Sangwan, MBBS
    Robert L. Schultze, MD
    Victoria M. Sheffield
    Scott R. Sneed, MD
    Jason E. Stahl, MD
    Timothy J. Sullivan, MBBS
    Theodore P. Werblin, MD, PhD
    Sonia H. Yoo, MD


    Individuals who have cumulatively earned 10 Achievement Award points are nominated to receive this award.

    Elena Albe, MD
    Arezo Amirikia, MD
    Anas A. Anbari, MD, PhD, FACS
    James T. Banta, MD
    Peter T. Beaudette, MD
    Rachel Benator, MD
    Jenny Benjamin, MS
    Daniel M. Bernick, JD
    Deborah W. Bernstein, MD
    Robert B. Bhisitkul, MD
    Alan B. Brackup, MD
    Jens Buehren, MD
    Matthew C. Caldwell, MD
    Emilio C. Campos, MD
    Kristin Carter, MD
    Petros Carvounis, MD, FRCSC
    Usha Chakravarthy, MBBS, PhD
    Tat-Keong Chan, MD, FRCS, FRCOphth
    David Chaokai Chang, MD, PhD
    Sunita Chaurasia, MD
    David H. Cherwek, MD
    Amy S. Chomsky, MD
    Craig N. Czyz, DO
    John K. G. Dart, MD
    Daniel G. Dawson, MD
    Mangat R. Dogra, MBBS
    Denise F. Dudley, MD
    Justis P. Ehlers, MD
    Geoffrey T. Emerick, MD
    Uzeyir Erdem, MD
    Ayad A. Farjo, MD
    Amani Fawzi, MD
    Alistair R. Fielder, FRCS
    Laura C. Fine, MD
    Kevin Thomas Flaherty, MD
    Luigi Fontana, MD, PhD
    Bruno M. Fontes, MD
    Pierre R. Fournie, MD
    Pamela Fritz
    Joseph Frucht-Pery, MD
    Salvador Garcia-Delpech, MD
    Ioannis P. Glavas, MD
    David A. Goldman, MD
    Scott M. Goldstein, MD
    Darren G. Gregory, MD
    Leon Grupenmacher, MD
    Omesh P. Gupta, MD
    Gregory S. Hageman, PhD
    Paul J. Harasymowycz, MD
    Devin A. Harrison, MD
    Adam S. Hassan, MD
    Marko Hawlina, MD
    Mingguang He, MD, PhD
    Catherine J. Hwang, MD
    Raymond Iezzi, MD
    Tomohiro Iida, MD
    Soosan Jacob, FRCS
    Mohammad A. Javadi, MD
    James V. Jester, PhD
    Sharon L. Jick, MD
    Sonia Rani John, MS
    Daniel A. Johnson, MD
    Choun-ki Joo, MD
    Swathi Kaliki, MD
    William R. Katowitz, MD
    Ahmad Kheirkhah, MD
    Stephen J. Kim, MD
    Szilard Kiss, MD
    Richard C. Koval, MPA, CMPE
    Igor Kozak, MD
    David B. Krebs, MD
    Ronald W. Kristan, MD
    Alvin K. H. Kwok, MD, FRCS, PhD
    Gabriele E. Lang, MD
    Elise Levine, MA, CRC, OCS
    Helen Lew, MD, PhD
    Jennifer Y. Li, MD
    Linda S. Lippa, MD
    James C. Loden, MD
    Ronald Mancini, MD
    Raj K. Maturi, MD
    Mark D. Mayle, MD
    Jim V. Mazzo
    Tony McClellan
    Thomas J. McPhee, MD
    Amel Meddeb-Ouertani, MD
    Daniel Matthew Miller, MD, PhD
    Amalia Miranda, MD
    James Mitchell, MD
    Santanu Mitra, MBBS
    David G. Morrison, MD
    Charles Munnerlyn, PhD
    Somasheila I. Murthy, MD
    Jerzy Nawrocki, MD, PhD
    Arvind Neelakantan, MD
    Kouros Nouri-Mahdavi, MD
    Sawsan R. Nowilaty, MD
    Michael O’Keeffe, MD
    Ihab S. Othman, MD
    Cynthia Owsley, MSPH, PhD
    Richard B. Packard, MD
    Leon G. Partamian, MD
    Jacob J. Pe’er, MD
    Sushil K. Premchand
    Michael J. Price, MD
    Gabriel G. Quentel, MD
    Nathan M. Radcliffe, MD
    Sunita Radhakrishnan, MD
    Usha K. Raina, MD, FRCS, FRCOphth
    Muralidhar Ramappa, MBBS
    Tito Ramirez-Luquin, MD
    Arturo J. Ramirez-Miranda, MD
    Kristin E. Reidy, DO
    Kourous Rezaei, MD
    David M. Ringel, DO
    Eduardo B. Rodrigues, MD
    Prin Rojanapongpun, MD
    Mark I. Rosenblatt, MD, PhD
    Paul Joseph Rychwalski, MD
    Daniel J. Salchow, MD
    David Salom, MD
    Gary B. Schemmer, MD
    Stephen V. Scoper, MD
    Cynthia A. Self, MD
    Anand K. Shah, MD
    Howard Shapiro, PhD
    Kenneth S. Shindler, MD, PhD
    Michael A. Singer, MD
    Rishi P. Singh, MD
    Jennifer A. Sivak, MD
    Clark L. Springs, MD
    Miguel Srur, MD
    Donald Stone, MD
    Michael D. Straiko, MD
    Mehryar Taban, MD, FACS
    Homayoun Tabandeh, MD, MS, FRCP, FRCOphth
    Jeremiah P. Tao, MD
    Manoj M. Thakker, MD
    Martin Lee Thomley, MD
    Minoru Tomita, MD, PhD
    David Touboul, MD
    Akitaka Tsujikawa, MD, PhD
    Patricia Udaondo, MD
    Steven M. Verity, MD
    Ning Li Wang, MD
    Michael S. Wiedman, MD, FACS
    Agnes M. Wong, MD
    Kyung In Woo, MD
    Shahin Yazdani, MD
    Elizabeth Yeu, MD
    Jin S. Yoon, MD
    David W. Zauel, MD 


    This program recognizes individuals for contributions outside the scope of the Achievement Awards program. Each of the Academy’s secretaries and senior secretaries can submit nominees to the Academy’s Awards Committee.

    Nominated by the secretaries for Quality of Care & Knowledge Base Development, Ophthalmic Knowledge, Online Education/eLearning; the editors of the ONE Network; and the senior secretary for Clinical Education:

    Dimitri T. Azar, MD
    Joseph N. Caprioli, MD
    Allan M. Eisenbaum, MD
    Michael H. Goldstein, MD
    Laura K. Green, MD
    Richard J. Grostern, MD
    Malik Y. Kahook, MD
    Lawrence M. Levine, MD
    Shan C. Lin, MD
    Gregg T. Lueder, MD
    Ramana S. Moorthy, MD
    Thomas A. Oetting, MD
    Eric P. Purdy, MD
    Kuldev Singh, MD, MPH
    Roger F. Steinert, MD
    J. Timothy Stout, MD, PhD
    Jonathan D. Trobe, MD
    Rohit Varma, MD

    Nominated by the senior secretary for Ophthalmic Practice:

    Michael F. Chiang, MD
    William L. Rich, MD

    Nominated by the secretaries for State Affairs and Federal Affairs, medical director of Health Policy, and senior secretary for Advocacy:

    Ramesh S. Ayyala, MD
    James Jorkasky
    Alan E. Kimura, MD
    Jay M. Lustbader, MD
    C. Blake Myers, MD
    Millicent L. Palmer, MD
    John T. Thompson, MD
    Byron N. Wilkes, MD
    Ruth D. Williams, MD

    Nominated by the secretary for the Annual Meeting:

    William J. Fishkind, MD
    Carla J. Siegfried, MD
    John T. Thompson, MD

    Nominated by the secretary for Communications:

    Devin A. Harrison, MD
    Robert H. Janigian Jr., MD
    Raj K. Maturi, MD
    Anne Sumers, MD

    Nominated by the editor-in-chief of Ophthalmology:

    Stephen D. Klyce, PhD
    Richard Alan Lewis, MD
    Curtis Margo, MD
    Richard A. Stone, MD
    David T. Tse, MD

    Nominated by the secretary for Member Services:

    Eliza N. Hoskins, MD
    Renee Ostertag, DDPT, MPT
    Purnima S. Patel, MD
    Martin Wand, MD

    Nominated by the chief medical editor of EyeNet:

    Douglas J. Rhee, MD

    Nominated by the secretary for Global Alliances:

    Amar Agarwal, MD
    R.V. Paul Chan, MD
    David S. Friedman, MD, MPH, PhD
    Alfred Sommer, MD