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  • The American Academy of Ophthalmology Foundation Advisory Board

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology Foundation leadership is proud to support the Academy’s educational, quality-of-care and service programs. These dedicated leaders drive our important work to advance eye health and diminish blindness worldwide.

    A Message From the CEO


    Dear Colleagues and Friends,
    I will not give my time or my financial support to a foundation that simply banks the money and watches it earn interest! Julie and I, like many of you, give to support those organizations that need our gifts and will use them for objectives we share.

    What’s the evidence that the Academy’s Foundation uses what we give it? (Like all physicians, I prefer to trust the evidence!)

    In the last nine years (those years I’ve been honored to serve as the Academy CEO), the Foundation has received $20.2 million in contributions from members, industry, foundations, and those public citizens who share our mission. During the same period of time, the Foundation has expended $24.8 million on the programs described in the following pages such as the ONE Network and the IRIS Clinical Data Registry. (These figures exclude direct sponsorship dollars that are expended dollar-for-dollar on specific initiatives.) The Academy also transferred millions to the Foundation to help initiate and sustain these same mission-driven programs.

    Your generosity is not banked. It goes to work — supporting innovative programs that benefit our society, our patients and our profession. While we’d love a massive foundation, we should all be much prouder that the Foundation leaders are good stewards of the funds — using them where they can have an impact.

    Best regards,

    — David W. Parke II, MD, CEO


    Christie L. Morse, MD
    Concord, N.H.

    Tony McClellan
    Brookend Enterprises Management Services, Ltd.
    Herefordshire, United Kingdom

    F. Michael Ball
    Alcon, Inc.
    Fort Worth, Texas

    George B. Bartley, MD
    American Board of
    Rochester, Minn.

    Thomas W. Burns
    President and CEO
    Glaukos Corp.
    San Clemente, Calif.

    Thomas G. Frinzi
    Worldwide President, Surgical
    Johnson & Johnson Vision
    Santa Ana, Calif.

    H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MD
    Executive Vice President Emeritus
    American Academy of Ophthalmology
    Belvedere, Calif.

    James V. Mazzo
    Global President Ophthalmic Devices
    Carl Zeiss Meditec, Inc.
    Dublin, Calif.

    Charles R. Munnerlyn, PhD
    Co-founder and Retired CEO
    VISX, Inc.
    San Jose, Calif.

    David E. I. Pyott, CBE, MD(Hon)
    Former Chairman and CEO
    Allergan, Inc.
    Irvine, Calif.

    Brent L. Saunders
    CEO and President
    Allergan, Inc.
    Irvine, Calif.

    Duane L. Vaught
    Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Inc.
    Bloomington, Ind.

    Peter J. Whitted, MD, JD
    Omaha, Neb.

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    David W. Parke II, MD
    American Academy of Ophthalmology
    San Francisco, Calif.

    Tina McGovern
    Executive Director
    American Academy of Ophthalmology Foundation
    San Francisco, Calif.