Irvin M. and Beatrice Borish Award

The Borish Award (established in 1996) recognizes an outstanding young scientist or clinician scientist who has shown exceptional promise to conduct independent research directly related to etiology, prevention, detection, diagnosis, or management of clinical ocular disorders. The award need not be given every year. At the time of nomination, a Borish Award nominee should be within 6 years of the date of completion of his or her final degree. Typically this degree will be the PhD but, in exceptional circumstances, current research accomplishments and promise for the future may qualify an individual for consideration for this award with the degree Doctor of Optometry, Master of Science, or other professional or research degree. The recipient need not be a Fellow of the Academy nor an optometrist.

Past Award Recipients

  • 2016 - Nimesh Patel, OD, PhD, FAAO
  • 2015 - Ravi C. Bakaraju, BOptom, PhD, FAAO
  • 2014 - Laura E. Downie, PhD, FAAO
  • 2013 - Pete S. Kollbaum, OD, PhD, FAAO
  • 2012 - Melissa D. Bailey, OD, PhD, FAAO
  • 2011 - Jason Nichols, OD, PhD, FAAO
  • 2010 - Alex R. Bowers, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO
  • 2009 - Kelly Nichols, OD, MPH, PhD, FAAO
  • 2008 - Konrad Pesudovs, OD, PhD, FAAO
  • 2007 - Nancy McNamara, OD, FAAO
  • 2006 - Erica L. Fletcher, OD, PhD
  • 2004 - Brad Fortune, OD, PhD, FAAO
  • 2002 - Austin Roorda, PhD, FAAO
  • 2001 - S.P. Srinivasm PhD, FAAO
  • 1999 - Susana Chung, OD, PhD, FAAO
  • 1997 - Suzanne M. J. Fleiszig, OD, PhD, FAAO
  • 1996 - Donald O. Mutti, OD, PhD, FAAO