• News From the Chair

    Winter 2019

    Christie L. Morse, MD                                                           Gregory L. Skuta, MD
    Outgoing Chair, Foundation Advisory Board                     Incoming Chair

    A Heartfelt Thank You to the Academy, and
    Welcome, Dr. Greg Skuta

    Over the past six years as Foundation Advisory Board Chair, I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with many of you to develop exciting new fundraising programs and create a thriving future for the Academy for the next generation. I’ve deeply enjoyed supporting and interacting with such passionate, fun members of our ophthalmology community. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing my time to be so pleasurable. In the next year, I will continue to serve as a member of the Advisory Board.

    I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to our new chair of the Foundation Advisory Board. Gregory L. Skuta, MD, who has accepted the task of guiding the board for the next three years. Dr. Skuta is president and CEO of the Dean McGee Eye Institute and the Edward L. Gaylord Professor and Chair of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine's Department of Ophthalmology. He was elected 2014 Academy president and has served on numerous Academy boards and committees.  A native of Illinois, Dr. Skuta and his wife, Anne, have three children and currently live in Edmond, Oklahoma. Dr. Skuta will bring his passion for ophthalmology and dedication to patient care to the Foundation’s board. I am so pleased to pass the gavel on to Greg!

    The Museum of Vision Campaign Marks Its Progress With
    $7.7 Million

    During AAO 2018, the Foundation held our 15th annual Or­bital Gala under the famous Tiffany Dome at the Chicago Cul­tural Center. More than 350 guests attended the groovy, ’60s-themed party and auction, and thanks to you it was a huge success. It was a special evening as we honored the Museum Committee who have been tireless in their commitment to preserving ophthalmic heritage. Dr. David Parke saluted Dr. Stan Truhlsen and Dr. Mike Marmor for extraordinary lead gifts to name the building and join Museum Committee members Dr. Norm Meadow, Dr. Jay Galst and Dr. James Ravin whose support launched the fundraising campaign to build a permanent home for the Museum of Vision at the Academy’s San Francisco headquarters in the heart of tourist-rich Fisherman’s Wharf. Your kind donations from the gala brought in $130,000 in net revenue to benefit the museum.  To date the Foundation has brought in $7.7 million for the Museum campaign, bringing us over the halfway mark to our goal of $12 million. We are so pleased with the support of our generous donors and thank you for your contributions. The Museum is expected to host a soft opening during AAO 2019, with a grand opening in 2020.


    Academy CEO David W. Parke II, MD (back) and the Foundation honored Stanley M. Truhlsen, MD (left), and Michael F. Marmor, MD (right), at the Orbital Gala. Doctors Truhlsen and Marmor gave two of the largest gifts in Foundation history to launch the Museum of Vision campaign, which will enable the Academy to build a physical space to display some of our 38,000 ophthalmic artifacts.


    Museum of Vision committee members were honored for their dedication and passion at the 2018 Orbital Gala.  From left to right: James G. Ravin, MD; Jay M. Galst, MD; Richard B. Rosen, MD; Norman B. Medow, MD, FACS; Jacqueline A. Leavitt, MD; Michael F. Marmor, MD; Jenny A. Benjamin, MA, museum director; and Andrzej Grzybowski, MD.


    Please consider a gift to support the new Museum of Vision, if you haven’t already. Cement your legacy and inspire generations to come.

    To make a donation of any amount in support of the Foundation, visit www.aao.org/donate.

    All in all, it’s been a great six years. I couldn’t have spent it in a better way.  As always, feel free to contact me at cmorse@aao.org, or Greg at gskuta@aao.org.

    Warm regards,

    Christie L. Morse, MD
    Outgoing Chair, Foundation Advisory Board