American Academy of Optometry Announces 2019 Award Recipients

Published July 16, 2019

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

“Our Academy is only as good as the people we honor. In 2019 we are honoring the best; our best teachers, researchers, clinicians, and rising stars of the future,” remarked John G. Flanagan, PhD, FCOptom, FAAO, Awards Committee Chair.

The Academy is pleased to announce the 2019 award recipients:


Raymond A. Applegate, OD, PhD, FAAO
Charles F. Prentice Medal and Lecture Award

Susan A. Cotter, OD, MS, FAAO
Glenn A. Fry Award and Lecture
(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)

Uduak C. Udom, OD, MPH, FAAO
(posthumously)
AAO-Essilor Award for Outstanding 
International Contributions to Optometry

Thomas R. Stelmack, OD, FAAO
William Feinbloom Award

J. Daniel Twelker, OD, PhD, FAAO
Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

Andrew D. Pucker, OD, PhD, FAAO
Irvin M. and Beatrice Borish Award

Rami Aboumourad, OD
Julius F. Neumueller Award in Optics
(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)

Thomas G. Quinn, OD, MS, FAAO
Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician Educator Award

Thomas A. Aller, OD, FBCLA, Maria Liu, OD, PhD, FAAO,
Christine F. Wildsoet, DipAppSci(Optom), PhD, FAAO
Garland W. Clay Award

Heather A. Anderson, OD, PhD, FAAO
Donald O. Mutti, OD, PhD, 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

Philip B. Morgan, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO
Max Schapero Memorial Lecture Award

S. Barry Eiden, OD, FAAO
Founders’ Award

Awards of the Public Health and Environmental Vision Section

Robert N. Kleinstein, OD, PhD, FAAO
Henry B. Peters Award for Public Health and Environmental Vision
(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)

Award winners will be recognized at the Joint American Academy of Optometry and World Council of Optometry Recognition Gala and Awards Program on Saturday, October 26, 7:00 -10:00 PM, in the Plaza International Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Orlando. The Fry and Prentice Lectures will be held on Friday, October 25, 8:00 – 9:00 AM, in Room W331. This session will feature lectures from both the Charles F. Prentice Award recipient and the Glenn A. Fry Award recipient.

Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies award recipients will be honored at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, October 23 in Room W221. The Public Health and Environmental Vision Section Henry B. Peters Awardee will be honored on Thursday, October 24 at 5:30 PM in Room W230 CD.

The joint meeting of the American Academy of Optometry and World Council of Optometry, Academy 2019 Orlando and 3rd World Congress of Optometry, will take place October 23-27, 2019, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit www.aaopt.org/2019.