• News From the Chair

    Summer 2019

    Gregory L. Skuta, MD
    Chair, Foundation Advisory Board


    I am pleased to announce details about the 2019 Orbital Gala and progress on the Academy’s new museum, which will open before we know it! I hope to see you all there and look forward to connecting with you during foundation events.

    The 2019 Orbital Gala Will Honor Bruce E. Spivey, MD

    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. Participate in the silent auction for great deals on fine wine, vacations, ophthalmic equipment and more. Proceeds will support the Academy’s educational, quality of care and service programs.

    At the Orbital Gala, we will be honoring Bruce E. Spivey, MD, MS, MEd, a renowned educator, clinician and transformative leader who served as the Academy’s first executive vice president and chief executive officer from 1978 to 1992. During this period the organization moved from Minnesota to San Francisco, grew from four staff to over 100, merged with the American Association of Ophthalmology, formed the Academy’s Foundation, developed a Code of Ethics, launched the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Co. (OMIC) and initiated the National Eye Care Project. These feats could not have been accomplished without Dr. Spivey’s visionary leadership and limitless dedication to the Academy.

    Amongst his extraordinary achievements, Dr. Spivey is the recipient of over 40 medals and awards in ophthalmology and medicine. He is the author of more than 140 peer-reviewed scientific, education and management-related publications, and has delivered over 40 named lectures, including the Jackson Memorial Lecture. He received the Academy’s Laureate Award in 2015.

    Dr. Spivey has been married to Patti Amanda Birge Spivey since 1987. He has two grown children, Eric W. Spivey and Lisa L. Spivey, and four grandchildren. Dr. Spivey is a member of the Knickerbocker Club in New York, the Chevy Chase Club in Maryland, the Pacific Union Club in San Francisco and the Cosmos Club in Washington, DC.

    To learn more and purchase tickets or to make a tribute gift, visit aao.org/galatickets. To donate an item to the silent auction, contact Claire Lewis at clewis@aao.org or 415.447.0356.


    The American Academy of Ophthalmology is
    pleased to honor Bruce E. Spivey, MD at the
    2019 Orbital Gala on Sunday, Oct. 13 at the
    Palace Hotel, San Francisco.


    Museum Preview Reception at AAO 2019

    This year, the Academy’s annual meeting will take place from Oct. 12 to 15 at the Moscone Center in our beloved San Francisco. Before the meeting begins, we will welcome donors who have contributed to the Museum of the Eye campaign at the Partners for Sight and Leadership Council levels to attend a reception on Thursday, Oct. 10 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Truhlsen-Marmor Museum of the Eye. The museum preview reception is our opportunity to show appreciation to our donors for all that you do to elevate patient care through the Academy’s quality of care and service programs. More details coming soon!

    If you have not already done so, I encourage you to contribute to the Museum of the Eye campaign. Many options are available, from naming opportunities (PDF 133 KB), one-time gifts or a five-year pledge. To learn more about how you can help educate the world about the science of sight, please contact the executive director of the foundation, Tina McGovern, at tmcgovern@aao.org.

    In the meantime, I am always open to dialogue, so don’t hesitate to email me at gskuta@aao.org if you have any ideas, questions or comments.



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