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  • The Parke Center Campaign

  • The Academy begins building the new Parke Center!

    On Wednesday, May 8, Academy CEO Dr. Stephen McLeod and former CEO Dr. David Parke lifted the shovels and dug deep to launch the Parke Center building project. This will be a state-of-the-art center for education. We are building the new Parke Center at our headquarters to encompass the entire ground floor and adjacent courtyard. With over 6056 square feet (interior and exterior) of meeting space and the newest technology, it will bring together ophthalmologists, researchers, and presenters from all corners of the globe. We thank the generous donors here who have funded this project to date. We look forward to welcoming and thanking all donors when the center officially opens in fall 2024. 

    The Parke Center honors David W. Parke II, MD, the Academy’s CEO from 2009 – 2022. The Parke Center Campaign will create a much-needed conference facility that will enhance the Academy's ability to build and strengthen relationships with ophthalmic leaders and key partners.

    The Parke Center will:

    • Be a complete reimagining of the courtyard and adjacent areas of the Academy's headquarters in San Francisco.
    • Be fully configurable, fully wired and seamlessly integrated -- a dynamic conference center for the benefit of the Academy, its partners, its tenants and all of ophthalmology.
    • Leverage existing plans to upgrade the Academy space to respond to changing needs, deploying the latest hybrid meetings technology.
    • Be made possible by fundraising.
    • Dramatically expand the Academy's capacity to host board, committee, leadership development program, industry and other meetings, as well as support the Academy's hybrid workforce daily.

    Support the new Parke Center!


    Parke Center Campaign Donor Recognition

    The Academy Foundation is pleased to provide special recognition to donors who have made a gift of $2,500 or more to the Parke Center Campaign. Additionally, these donors will receive:

    • An invitation to the donor reception celebrating the grand opening of the Parke Center.
    • Recognition in the Foundation annual report, on the Foundation Donor Wall at AAO 2024 in Chicago, on the Foundation’s donor webpage and all campaign related materials.
    • The latest donor updates regarding the status of the Parke Center.

    Founding Benefactors
    OMIC – Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company ($1,000,000) David and Molly Pyott Foundation ($250,000)

    Partners Circle ($50,000 - $99,999)

    Marna Parke Borgstrom
    Sonny Goel, MD and Ravi Goel, MD

    Patrons ($10,000 – $49,999)

    Ann Acers-Warn, MD, MB
    Dr. R.V. Paul Chan, Dr. Ann-Marie Lobo-Chan and Ms. Maria M. Chan Anna Luisa Di Lorenzo, MD
    Tamara R. Fountain, MD
    Eugene de Juan Jr., MD Gilbert H. Kliman, MD Douglas D. Koch, MD
    Stephen D. McLeod, MD Gloria and Paul Sternberg, MD Dr. Gregory L. and Anne M. Skuta Harry and Kathy Zink Charitable Fund

    Friends Circle ($1,000 - $9,999)

    Maria M. Aaron, MD
    Richard L. Abbott, MD
    Dr. George and Lynn Bartley
    Sanders Benkwith, MD
    Mark S. Blumenkranz and Dr. Recia Kott Blumenkranz
    Joseph and Teresa Carr
    Keith D. Carter, MD, FACS
    Executive Team of the American Academy of Ophthalmology
    George E. Garcia, MD*
    Russell Van Gelder, MD, PHD
    David B. Glasser, MD
    Lynn K. Gordon, MD, PhD and Jonathan Braun, MD, PhD
    Froncie A. Gutman, MD
    Rebecca Hyder
    Andrew George Iwach, MD Allan D. Jensen, MD Randolph L. Johnston, MD
    Judy E. Kim, MD
    William J. Knauer III, MD Peter R. Laibson, MD
    Stephen S. Lane, MD and Nancy Lane Carolyn and Paul Lichter, MD
    Peter and Flora Lum, MD Robert F. Melendez, MD
    Lawrence Mendenhall, JD, MBA and Richard Horan
    Tina McGovern
    William F. Mieler, MD and Jennifer J. Kang-Mieler Hiromu K. Mishima, MD, PhD
    David J. Noonan Stephen A. Obstbaum, MD Anil D. Patel, MD
    Debra Rosencrance
    Rubenstein Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation, Robert Rubenstein, MD
    Sarwat Salim, MD
    Rhea and Mike Siatkowski, MD Dr. and Mrs. Bruce Spivey John R. Stechschulte, MD
    Linda M. Tsai, MD Drs. Sade and Joshua Udoetuk
    Garth J. Willis, MD
    Chiel A. Wind, MD, FAAO


    View a list of all Foundation donors.

    Thank you to all our donors for their generosity!