• News From the Chair

    Fall 2018

    Christie L. Morse, MD
    Chair, Foundation Advisory Board

    Join Us in Chicago at the 2018 Orbital Gala

    I hope you’ve already planned to join the American Academy of Ophthalmology Foundation for a groovy evening at our ‘60s-themed Orbital Gala on Sunday, Oct. 28. This 15th annual fundraiser will be the social event of AAO 2018. Dine, dance and enjoy live entertainment under the Chicago  Cultural  Center’s stunning Tiffany stained-glass dome. Even if you can’t join us this year, keep reading below for other ways you can get involved. Learn more about the Orbital Gala at aao.org/gala.

    Celebrate Our New Museum of Vision and Honor Our Champions

    This year at the Orbital Gala, we are excited to celebrate our newest project, the new Museum of Vision. We launched a $12 million campaign to build a permanent space for the Museum of Vision on the ground floor of Academy headquarters in San Francisco. Until now, most of our 38,000-piece collection has only been accessible online. Previously a 3,548-square-foot art gallery, this space will be transformed into a beautiful, interactive ophthalmic museum and education center, free for all to enjoy. The museum will include state-of-the-art digital displays and exhibits and it will be San Francisco’s first medical museum!

    The foundation profusely thanks our Museum of Vision Champions: Stanley M. Truhlsen, MD, and the Museum Program Committee:

    • Michael F. Marmor, MD, co-chair
    • Norman B. Medow, MD, co-chair
    • Jay M. Galst, MD
    • Andrzej Grzybowski, MD
    • Jacqueline A. Leavitt, MD
    • James G. Ravin, MD
    • Richard B. Rosen, MD

    These generous doctors have dedicated significant time and/or financial resources to our beloved museum, and we will honor them at the Orbital Gala. If you would like to make a gift to support the museum, please visit aao.org/donate. And be sure to check out our new Museum of Vision in person during AAO 2019 in San  Francisco.

    Bid in Our Silent Auction

    Get great silent auction deals on fine wine, vacations, ophthalmic equipment and more. We’ll have an Optos California ultra-widefield retinal imaging device, a Nidek Retinal Functional Analyzer MP-1S, a tropical escape to Costa Rica, Marion Parke gift certificates, a stay at the Langham Chicago, front row-center court tickets to a Chicago Bulls game and much more. Also look for an email on Oct. 30 to learn how you can purchase items that did not receive winning bids at the live event. Proceeds will support the Academy’s educational, quality of care and service programs.  To learn more, visit aao.org/gala.

    Join Us at the SO Program and Reception

    Monday, October 29
    SO Special Program, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
    Reception, 4 to 5 p.m.
    Room S-406B

    The SO Special Program highlights features of our dynamic host city.

    This year, two engaging speakers will take the stage. Kirk H. Packo, MD, a retina specialist from Chicago, will talk about the SO Hall of Fame, high points in ophthalmic medical history and why it’s important to remember the ophthalmic “giants” on whose shoulders we now stand. Art historian Giovanni Aloi, PhD, from the Art Institute of Chicago, will discuss the evolution of the internationally recognized museum and its 300,000 featured works.

    The program will conclude with the presentation of the EnergEYES Award to an outstanding senior ophthalmologist who has mentored young ophthalmologists, served as a strong role model and displayed high energy that motivates YOs to get involved.

    It all ends with a reception provided by the Academy Foundation. Bring your guests to this entertaining and free annual event.

    Giving Tuesday

    Finally, I hope you’ll remember the Academy Foundation on Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27. This global day of philanthropy involves thousands of charitable organizations and kicks off the year-end giving season. Your generosity helps support the Academy’s quest to protect sight and empower lives.

    Thank you for supporting the Academy Foundation. See you in Chicago!


    Cheers to all fellow ophthalmologists and eyecare professionals! I always welcome questions or feedback from you. Feel free to reach me anytime at cmorse@aao.org.