•     Gregory L. Skuta, MD
    Gregory L. Skuta, MD
    Chair, Foundation Advisory Board

    News From the Chair

    Spring 2021

    Between the continual vaccine progress and news of the upcoming Orbital Gala at AAO 2021 in New Orleans, I'm excited for the future. Read more for news about the Orbital Gala and a new Foundation program where we honor those who've taught us the most.

    Celebrate David J. Noonan at the Orbital Gala Masquerade

    Join the pageantry and reconnect with your colleagues at the 18th annual Orbital Gala fundraiser on Sunday, Nov. 14, from 6-8 pm at the House of Blues in New Orleans. This year's honoree is David J. Noonan, former Academy deputy executive vice president, whom we recognize for his numerous contributions to our profession. 

    Former Academy deputy executive vice president
    David J. Noonan will be honored at the 2021 Orbital Gala.

    As the Academy's former second-in-command, Mr. Noonan has been the backbone of the Academy through times of tremendous growth and has shared his energy and enthusiasm throughout. His loyal service to the Academy is beyond compare and his dedication to our shared ultimate goal − to better serve our patients − has been a force within the Academy.

    Read more about Mr. Noonan and make a tribute gift.  Your tribute will be included in the Orbital Gala booklet.

    And if you're not able to attend in person, join us virtually! Learn more and buy tickets or register starting June 17.

    Honor a Mentor Campaign

    Has someone made a positive impact on your life? A mentor, a colleague, a teacher, a family member or a friend? Now you have the opportunity to honor your mentor or other special people with a tribute gift to the Foundation.

    "For decades, Douglas R. Anderson, MD had been one of the glaucoma community's most impactful and revered leaders and thinkers, and I feel incredibly fortunate to be among the more than 100 Bascom Palmer Eye Institute glaucoma fellows for whom Doug has served as an enduring role model, friend, mentor and inspiration." 
    —Gregory L. Skuta, MD, in honor of Douglas R. Anderson, MD

    Tell us what your special person has meant to you, and your story will be published on our website. Your gift will also be featured in the Foundation's 2022 annual report.

    Make a Gift and Ensure the Future of Ophthalmology

    It's always a great time to support Academy programs, and there are many ways to give. Your tax-deductible gifts will help support our mission to educate ophthalmologists and to prevent blindness worldwide. To do that, we need to ensure that the programs vital to these efforts continue to thrive. Read more about the multitude of ways to give.

    In the coming months, we'll have details about this year's Orbital Gala and other Foundation activities at AAO 2021. As always, we wish you all the best as you keep your patients, your loved ones, yourselves and our communities safe. Please feel free to reach out to me any time at gskuta@aao.org.

    Warmest regards,


    Questions for the Foundation? Contact Tina McGovern, Executive Director, at tmcgovern@aao.org or +1 415.561.8508.