This report highlights some of the key programs and initiatives for which the Foundation has been so critical: the continued growth of the Ophthalmic News and Education (ONE®
) Network, the impact of our Minority Ophthalmology Mentoring Program, the successful launch of the Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye®
, and the legacy of community service through EyeCare America®
, to name but a few. Generous support of the Academy Foundation has allowed us to imagine improved facilities for meeting and collaboration in our plans for the Parke Center in honor of David W. Parke II, MD, new ways to incorporate technology into learning with our Pediatric Ophthalmology Virtual Reality Simulation Program inspired by the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, and an expansion of EyeCare America’s mission to better serve our patients in need.
As we look to the future with programs that aim to bring further innovation to education, expand our research activities to close knowledge gaps important for patient care, and promote true equity of the highest quality for all, we know we will have to draw upon the generosity of so many who have demonstrated their shared commitment to these goals through their support of the Foundation. We are deeply grateful for this support: Together we can achieve great things — and we thank you.
Stephen D. McLeod, MD
CEO, American Academy of Ophthalmology