American Academy of Optometry Announces 2018 Award Recipients

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ORLANDO, Fla.—The American Academy of Optometry has announced the winners of its annual awards which recognize important contributions to advancing the profession of optometry. “Every nominee represents exactly what the American Academy of Optometry and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation hope to inspire in all of us. The winners represent the highest level of accomplishment in vision research, vision care, education and improvement of the visual welfare of all. Many thanks to those who submitted nominations, and to those who served on the awards committee,” remarked Donald O. Mutti, OD, PhD, FAAO, awards committee chair. The Academy’s 2018 award recipients are:

Chris A. Johnson, PhD, DSc, FAAO
Charles F. Prentice Medal and Lecture Award

Fiona J. Stapleton, MCOptom, PhD, FAAO
Glenn A. Fry Award and Lecture
(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)

Paul E. Berman, OD, FAAO

(posthumously)
AAO-Essilor Award for Outstanding International Contributions to Optometry

David B. Elliott, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO

William Feinbloom Award

Akio Kanai, OD
Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

Kovin S. Naidoo, OD, PhD, FAAO
Carel C. Koch Memorial Medal Award

Jacob A. Boroff, OD, MS; Angeline Nguyen, OD; Jenna L. Wayne, OD

Julius F. Neumueller Award in Optics
(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)

Tammy P. Than, MS, OD, FAAO
Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician Educator Award

Bernard J. Dolan, OD, MS, FAAO
Eminent Service Award

Gregory L. Goodrich, PhD, FAAO; Heidi M. Flyg, OD; Jennine E. Kirby, OD; Chea-Yo Chang, OD, FAAO; Gary L. Martinsen, OD, PhD, FAAO
Garland W. Clay Award

Patricia K. Hrynchak, OD, FAAO
Michael G. Harris Family Award for Excellence in Optometric Education
(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)
Awards of the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies

Helen A. Swarbrick, PhD, FAAO
Max Schapero Memorial Lecture Award

Jerome A. Legerton, OD, MS, FAAO
Founders’ Award

Awards of the Public Health and Environmental Vision Section:
Robert D. Newcomb, OD, MPH, FAAO
Henry B. Peters Award for Public Health and Environmental Vision
(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)

The American Academy of Optometry’s annual meeting, Academy 2018 San Antonio, will take place Nov.7 to 10, 2018, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

Award winners will be recognized at the Academy 2018 San Antonio Awards Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 9, from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m., in room 217CD of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center. Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies award recipients will be honored at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in room 214. The Public Health and Environmental Vision Section Henry B. Peters Awardee will be honored on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 5:00 p.m. in room 207.