American Academy of Optometry Foundation announces the 2017 Douglas W. Hopkins Primary Care Residency Award Recipient

ORLANDO, FL (September 21, 2017) – Ashley Rose Pi'ilani Luke, OD, BS, primary care/ocular disease resident at the Zuni Comprehensive Community Health Center and graduate of Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University was chosen by a committee of members in the Comprehensive Eye Care Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) as this year’s recipient for the Douglas W. Hopkins Primary Care Residency Award.

Douglas W. Hopkins, OD, FAAO, was a leader within the Primary Care Section and the Academy who passed unexpectedly in 2007. In his honor, friends and colleagues established the Douglas W. Hopkins Primary Care Fellowship Fund. With their generosity and that of Doug’s widow, Roberta, the fund quickly became fully endowed and the first award was issued in 2012.

The award is intended to promote the practice and development of Primary Eye Care by providing incentive and support to talented optometric residents who demonstrate a passion and commitment to further clinical experience, research, and education. Marisa Kim, OD, Residency Coordinator at Zuni Comprehensive Community Health Center said, “Dr. Luke will have no problem excelling in her future career as she has the critical thinking skills that make her an excellent doctor.”

Of the twelve applicants who applied to the program, Ashley presented an impressive resume of experience in clinical, volunteer service, research, and lecture presentation experience. Ashley will receive a $2,000 education award and a $750 travel fellowship to attend Academy 2017 Chicago annual meeting in October. 

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is a 501(c) (3) philanthropic organization that develops and provides financial support for optometric research and education in vision and eye health to Improve patient clinical care and is an affiliate of the AAO.