• News From the Chair

    Spring 2019

    Gregory L. Skuta, MD
    Chair, Foundation Advisory Board


    I’m pleased to be your new Foundation Advisory Board chair. I have gladly accepted the task of guiding the board for the next three years and will be honored to collaboratively develop fundraising programs and contribute to the future success of the Academy’s foundation. I’m always open for dialogue, so don’t hesitate to email me if you have any ideas, questions or comments.

    The Museum of Vision Campaign Marks Its Progress With
    Nearly $8 Million

    As ophthalmologists, we should all be proud of our ability to provide solutions to real-world problems. Imagine the knowledge and history that could be shared through the influence of our community. Through the Academy’s new Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye (formerly Museum of Vision), we are beginning to do just that.


    As you may have heard, we began fundraising for a new, brick-and-mortar museum last year. I’m pleased that our Museum of the Eye fundraising campaign has raised generous donations totaling nearly $8 million toward our $12 million goal. We are very grateful to Stanley M. Truhlsen, MD, and Michael F. Marmor, MD, who jumpstarted the effort with major contributions.


    But we still need your help to meet our goal before the museum opens in early 2020. We have many options for members who would like to support the new museum, including naming opportunities, one-time gifts or a five-year pledge. To learn more about the campaign, contact Tina McGovern, Foundation Executive Director, at tmcgovern@aao.org or simply donate now.



    Get Ready for Glitz and Glamour at Orbital Gala 2019

    Save the date and join us for the 16th Annual Orbital Gala on Oct. 13 at the Palace Hotel, San Francisco. This year’s Hollywood-themed gala will be one to remember with a cocktail reception, dinner, silent auction and live music at this landmark hotel in the City by the Bay. Tickets go on sale May 14.


    Academy members stepped out in style at Orbital Gala 2018 in Chicago (left to right):

    Prem S. Subramanian, MD, PhD; Courtney E. Francis, MD;
    Lynn K. Gordon, MD, PhD; and Peter Quiros, MD.


    Make a Bigger Impact Than You Ever Thought Possible

    Support at the Partners for Sight donor level ($1,000-$2,499) enables our programs to develop more clinical content, educate more ophthalmologists and better serve patients worldwide. Learn how just $1,000 can make a big difference


    I’m excited to see upcoming developments for the Museum of the Eye, Foundation activities at AAO 2019 in San Francisco, the Orbital Gala and the Partners for Sight program. The future of ophthalmology looks bright, and I’m looking forward to spending the next three years leading our welcoming community! Feel free to contact me at gskuta@aao.org.



    Questions for the Foundation? Contact Claire Lewis, Development Manager, at clewis@aao.org or +1 415.447.0356.