• Honor Roll of Donors

    Alice R. McPherson, MD


    Alice R. McPherson, MD, is a distinguished ophthalmologist, teacher and pioneer dedicated to the treatment and prevention of retinal diseases. She is one of the founding members of the Visionary Society, an exceptional group who has contributed $1 million or more to the Foundation. We applaud her decades of outstanding commitment to our retina education programs, both as an individual donor and through the Retina Research Foundation, which she founded in 1969. Her generous support has enabled resources such as the ONE Network and the Basic and Clinical Science Course to reach new levels of innovation.

    Currently a professor of ophthalmology at Baylor College of  Medicine, Dr. McPherson has shown exceptional dedication to educating and training young doctors both in the United States and abroad. “Lifelong education is tremendously important for all ophthalmologists,” she said. “To be able to prevent blindness and help people regain their vision is a great gift of service, and it is an honor and privilege to work in this field.” 

    The Academy salutes the distinguished leadership, dedication and outstanding commitment of the following individuals, organizations and corporations who have contributed $1 million or more to the Academy Foundation.

    Platinum Members
    (One-time contributions of $1 million or more in two or more calendar years)
    Alcon, Inc.
    Pfizer Ophthalmics
    David E. I.
    Pyott, CBE, MD(Hon)

    Gold Members
    (One-time contributions of $1 million or more in any one calendar year)
    Alice R. McPherson, MD
    Dr. Charles R. and Judith G. Munnerlyn
    Stanley M. Truhlsen, MD
    Allergan, Inc.
    Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc.

    (Cumulative giving of $1 million or more)
    Abbott Medical Optics, Inc.
    Eli Lilly and Company
    Genentech, Inc.
    Merck & Co., Inc.

    DONOR SPOTLIGHTFlaxel-McDermott

    Christina J. Flaxel, MD

    I WAS INTRODUCED to the Foundation early in my career by my dad, John Flaxel, who is also an ophthalmologist. I often attended the Orbital Gala with him and saw firsthand how many ways the Foundation supported and accelerated the Academy’s educational goals. When I became a member myself 25 years ago, giving to the Foundation naturally became a priority.

    Over the course of my membership, I have seen the Foundation’s influence and impact grow exponentially through supporting programs like the ONE Network, IRIS Registry, EyeCare America and the Museum of Vision. I was involved in the ONE Network’s original development and am impressed by how quickly it has become the world’s leading online resource for ophthalmic clinical education.

    With increased funding, the Foundation can develop additional innovative resources that address the educational needs of future ophthalmologists. I encourage other members to contribute to the Foundation so that our profession can continue to stay up to date on the latest clinical advancements. I think it is safe to say that we are all proud to be members of the Academy. A great way to demonstrate that appreciation is through giving back.

    Dr. Flaxel has given consistently at the Academy’s $1,000 – $2,499 Partners for Sight donor level for the last three years.

    The Foundation acknowledges the exceptional generosity of the following individuals in 2015.

    David E. I. Pyott, CBE, MD(Hon)

    C. Stephen Foster, MD, and Frances Foster

    Dr. and Mrs. Allan D. Jensen

    $50,000 – $99,999
    Grissom Revocable Trust

    $25,000 - $49,999
    Dr. Charles R. and Judith G. Munnerlyn

    $10,000 – $24,999
    Estate of Richard W. Greene
    Dr. and Mrs. Alan Morse
    Shigemi Sugiki, MD, FACS


    Paul P. Lee, MD, JD

    WHEN I DONATE to the Foundation, I’m honoring all of the ophthalmologists who worked to develop such a wonderful profession. All of us are fortunate to have mentors who did not want us to pay them back but instead to work to make the future even better. The Foundation helps us to do exactly that. It has a unique role in our field.

    One of the unique ways the Foundation creates a better future for our patients and all of us is by supporting the development of state-of-the-art educational resources. Innovative tools like the ONE Network ultimately improve outcomes and enhance quality eye care. By having a strong educational focus, the Foundation also elevates and more quickly disseminates ophthalmology’s knowledge base to our members. We can then shorten the time that new innovations are made available to patients.

    Even with many organizations requesting time and money, the Foundation is always a priority. While some may look at donations as a cost, it’s really a great value. What do we invest in? Do we plant seeds for the future? When I give, I show that I value the Academy’s leadership in the field, and its members for helping patients to face some of their toughest challenges.

    Dr. Lee has given consistently at the Academy’s $1,000 – $2,499 Partners for Sight donor level for over a decade.