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

    News From the Chair

    Summer 2021

    It is with deep appreciation for your amazing generosity to the Academy Foundation that we provide you with this quarterly update. As our country continues to battle the pandemic, we are especially honored that you continued your support while understanding the Academy’s ongoing needs during a challenging time for all of us. We look forward to AAO 2021 in New Orleans and thanking you in person!

    Celebrate Together at the Orbital Gala Masquerade

    Reconnect with your colleagues at the 18th annual Orbital Gala fundraiser at the House of Blues in New Orleans. On Nov. 14 from 6–8 p.m., you’ll swap stories at the cocktail party and bid on one-of-a-kind auction treasures to support the Academy’s vital educational programs. We’ll also celebrate David J. Noonan, former Academy deputy executive vice president, for his numerous contributions to our profession. Can’t attend? Join us virtually—details on how to register coming soon.

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

    Purchase tickets for the live event

    Honor Mr. Noonan.

    Pay Tribute to Someone Important Through the Honor a Mentor Campaign

    Now you have the opportunity to honor someone special who has made a positive professional impact on your life with a tribute gift to the Foundation. Tell us what this mentor or colleague has meant to you, and you and your mentor will be published on our website.

    We Are Thankful for Retina Research Foundation Support

    Under the leadership of Retina Research Foundation President Alice R. McPherson, MD, since 1993, the foundation has been supporting ophthalmic education through grants to the Academy Foundation. The Academy leadership is thankful for this committed partnership, which has enabled us to develop high-quality resources that advance ophthalmic education and enhance patient care worldwide. Study cases about a homeless man who needed new glasses and a mild infection turned intractable; and launch a learning plan on improving vision after retinal detachment repair. (All three are CME credit eligible.)

    Museum Open by Appointment

    After three years in the making, you can now visit the new Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye® in person on a Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Next time you’re in San Francisco, visit the world’s only free, public museum dedicated to the fascinating science of sight. 

    Donor Advised Funds Are an Easy and Flexible Way to Give Back to Our Profession

    Discover the ease of opening a donor advised fund. Receive federal income tax deductions and decide which charities to support.

    As always, thank you for your support of the Academy’s many innovative programs. I wish you a wonderful, healthy and safe remainder of the summer. Feel free to contact 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.