American Academy of Optometry Announces 2017 Award Recipients

 

For Immediate Release
July 6, 2017
Contact: Jenny Brown
jennyb@aaoptom.org

 

American Academy of Optometry Announces 2017 Award Recipients

Each year the American Academy of Optometry recognizes distinguished individuals who have made countless contributions to advancing the profession of optometry.

“Serving on the Awards Committee may be the most humbling yet exhilarating Academy service I have ever had the privilege to do. This year’s nominees were wonderful examples of dedication to vision research, vision care, education, and improvement of the visual welfare of all. It was a very difficult task selecting awardees from this list of accomplished people. Every nominee represents the best of what the American Academy of Optometry and the American Academy of Optometry Foundation hope to inspire in all of us. 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 is pleased to announce the 2017 award recipients:

Eli Peli, MSc, OD, FAAO
Charles F. Prentice Medal and Lecture Award

Mitchell Scheiman, OD, PhD, FAAO
Glenn A. Fry Award and Lecture
(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)

Ava K. Bittner, OD, PhD, FAAO
Irvin M. and Beatrice Borish Award

Luigi Bilotto, MS, OD, FAAO
AAO-Essilor Award for Outstanding 
International Contributions to Optometry

C. Ellis Potter, OD, FAAO
Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

Joseph Fontenot, MD, CLVT
Carel C. Koch Memorial Medal Award

Laura Goldberg, OD, MS
Celia R Gong

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

Richard Madonna, MA, OD, FAAO
Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician Educator Award

Harue J. Marsden, OD, MS, FAAO 
(posthumously)
Eminent Service Award

Bert C. Corwin, OD, FAAO
Avrum Richler, OD, PhD, FAAO

Life Fellow Award

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD, FAAO, Katie L. Greiner, OD, MS, FAAO, Mary Elizabeth McVey, OD, MS, Lisa A. Jones-Jordan, PhD, FAAO
Garland W. Clay Award

Lorraine Lombardi, PhD
Michael G. Harris Award for Excellence in Optometric Education
(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)

Awards of the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies

Suzanne M.J. Fleiszig, OD, PhD, FAAO
Max Schapero Memorial Lecture Award

Lynette Johns, OD, FAAO, FSLS
Founders’ Award

Awards of the Public Health and Environmental Vision Section

Melvin D. Shipp, OD, MPH, DrPH
Henry B. Peters Memorial Award

 

 

Award winners will be recognized at the Academy 2017 Chicago Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 13, 8:00-10:00 AM, in E351 of McCormick Place. Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies award recipients will be honored at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, October 11 in Room E351. Awards of the Public Health and Environmental Vision Section will be on Thursday, October 12 from 5:00 to 6:00 PM in E264.

The American Academy of Optometry’s annual meeting, Academy 2017 Chicago, will take place October 11-14, 2017, at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. For more information, visit http://www.aaopt.org/regsite.