The Retina Society acknowledges and greatly appreciates the hard work of both Award Selection Committees. We also thank all members who have sponsored applicants and ask that all members continue to support these awards.
Presented in Conjunction with the Charles L. Schepens Lecture
The Award of Merit in Retina Research was created in 1978 by Retina Research Foundation, Houston, Texas, to recognize outstanding vision scientists whose work contributes to knowledge about the retina and retinal diseases. Each year, the Awardee is invited to give the Charles L. Schepens Lecture, a highlight of the Retina Society annual meeting that was established in honor of the founder of the Society.
The award offers a $50,000 cash prize that includes a $5,000 honorarium and a $45,000 research grant. The recipient is chosen by the Awards Committee of the Retina Society. Funding for the award of Merit is provided by Retina Research Foundation through a series of endowed gifts that are dedicated to the Award.
The Retina Research Foundation of Houston, Texas presents the Award of Merit in Retina Research to a vision scientist whose work represents:
- A single outstanding achievement in retina research, or;
- A potentially significant contribution to new knowledge about the retina, its role in the visual process and/or vitreoretinal diseases or disorders.
Recipients of the Award of Merit in Retina Research
Edwin Stone, MD, PhD
Douglas Jabs, MD
Russell Van Gelder, MD, PhD
James Fujimoto, PhD
Paul Sternberg, MD
Michael Klein, MD
Steve Charles, MD
Thomas Gardner, MD
Peter A. Campochiaro, MD
Cynthia Toth, MD
Richard Spaide, MD
Michael Marmor, MD
Eliot L. Berson, MD
Mark Humayun, MD
William S. Tasman, MD
Lloyd Paul Aiello, MD
Carol L. Shields, MD
Anthony P. Adamis, MD
Emily Y. Chew, MD and Frederick L. Ferris III
Stephen J. Ryan, MD
Bradley R. Straatsma, MD
Barbara E.K. Klein, MD, MPH, and Robert Klein, MD, MPH
Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD
Joe G. Hollyfield, Ph.D.
Stuart L. Fine, MD
Gabriel Coscas, MD
D. Jackson Coleman, MD
Dr. Kathleen Dorey and Dr. Francois Delori
W. Richard Green, MD
Ingrid Kreissig, MD
Ronald Michels, MD and Bert Glaser, MD
Matthew M. LaVail, Ph.D.
Matthew D. Davis, MD
Harvey A. Lincoff, MD
Harris Ripps, Ph.D.
J. Donald M. Gass, MD
Oleg Pomerantzeff, Dipl. Eng.
Werner K. Noell, MD
Arnall Patz, MD
Harry G. Sperling, Ph.D.
John E. Dowling, Ph.D.
Robert Machemer, MD
Richard W. Young, Ph.D.
Charles L. Schepens, MD
In 2006, The Retina Society inaugurated the J. Donald M. Gass lectureship. Dr. Gass was a peerless observer of the fundus. His unique and repeated ability to identify fundamental patterns of disease from the mass of seemingly chaotic details invites sincere comparison to Michelangelo working in marble. With this lectureship, we honor his memory as a warm and cherished member and friend as well as his inestimable importance to our patients and our field.
Recipients of the J. Donald M. Gass Lectureship Award
Emily Chew, MD and
Frederick Ferris III, MD
Bailey Freund, MD
Maureen Maguire, PhD, FARVO, and
Daniel Martin, MD
Carol Shields, MD
Stanley Chang, MD
Lawrence Singerman, MD
Mark Blumenkranz, MD
Evangelos Gragoudas, MD
Alexander J. Brucker, MD
Michael Trese, MD
Harry W. Flynn, Jr., MD
Mario Stirpe, MD
Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth, MD
Philip J. Rosenfeld, MD
Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD
Lee M. Jampol, MD
Carmen A. Puliafito, MD
The Fellowship Research Award is given to one or more Fellows for outstanding original work in any aspect of vitreoretinal disease. The Margherio Award is given for outstanding original work in macular diseases or surgery.
These awards carry a stipend that will cover normal travel and lodging costs to attend the Annual Meeting. In addition, the award winners will be featured prominently in the program, and their registration fee will be waived. All abstracts will be considered for both awards, with the final selection made by the Awards Committee.
Fellowship Research Award
The Retina Society Fellowship Research Award was established in 1996 to encourage academic pursuit in young vitreoretinal surgeons and to acquaint them with the scientific and social aspects of the Society. The applicant must be sponsored by an active member of the Retina Society. Each paper is judged on originality, quality of investigation methods, and merit of scientific contribution.
Recipients of the Fellowship Research Award
Benjamin Young, MD, sponsored by Mark Johnson
Rebecca Soares, MD, sponsored by Yoshihiro Yonekawa
Elizabeth Rossin, MD, PhD, sponsored by Lucia Sobrin, MD
Harris Sultan, MD, Sponsored by Rajendra Apte
Thomas Wubben, MD, PhD, Sponsored by Cagri Besirli
Sun Young Lee, MD, PhD, sponsored by James Folk
Elad Moisseiev, MD, sponsored by Susanna Park
Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD, sponsored by Antonio Capone
Francisco A. Folgar, MD, sponsored by Emily Chew
Glenn Yiu, MD, PhD, sponsored by Glenn Jaffe
Lejla Vajzovic, MD, sponsored by Cynthia Toth
Cagri G. Besirli, MD, sponsored by David Zacks
Brian L. VanderBeek, MD, MPH, sponsored by David Zacks
Sandra Rocio Montezuma, MD, sponsored by Joan Miller
Mehran Taban, MD, sponsored by Peter Kaiser
Sai Chavala, MD, sponsored by Thomas Lee
Polly A. Quiram, MD, sponsored by George Williams
Francisco Max Damico, MD, sponsored by Lucy Young
Sean S. Ko, MD, sponsored by Shizuo Mukai
Seenu M. Hariprasad, MD, sponsored by William Mieler
Franco M. Recchia, MD, sponsored by Allen C. Ho
David N. Zacks, MD, sponsored by Joan Miller
Magdalena Krzystolik, MD, sponsored by Evangelos Gragoudas, and Enrique Garcia-Valenzuela, MD, PhD, sponsored by James Puklin
Thomas C. Lee, MD, sponsored by Shizuo Mukai
Ingrid Scott, MD, sponsored by Timothy Murray
Andrew Chang, MD, sponsored by Lawrence Morse
Raymond R. Margherio Award
The Raymond R. Margherio Endowed Memorial Fund was established to support research into macular disease and development of new techniques of macular surgery. The Fund will support an award to be presented annually to a vitreoretinal fellow of an Active Member of the Retina Society. The fellow will present his work at the Annual Meeting of the Retina Society. The winner is selected by the Research Award Committee.
Recipients of the Raymond R. Magherio Award
Suzanne Michalak, MD, sponsored by Cynthia Toth
Jason Miller, MD, PhD, sponsored by Mark Johnson
Christopher Hwang, MD, PhD, sponsored Anne Hanneken, MD
Sally Ong, MD, sponsored by Adrienne Scott
Amirfarbod Yazdanyar, MD, MPH, sponsored by Susanna Park
Prethy Rao, MD, MPH, sponsored by George Williams
Xi Chen, MD, sponsored by Cynthia Toth
Devon Ghodasra, MD, sponsored by Thomas Gardner
John B. Miller, MD, sponsored by Evangelos Gragoudas
Dimitra Skondra, MD, sponsored by Joan Miller
Anthony Daniels, MD, sponsored by Ivana Kim
Marc-Andre Rheaume, MD, sponsored by Shizuo Mukai
Daniel F. Kiernan, MD, MPH, sponsored by William Mieler
Catherine Cukras, MD, PhD, sponsored by Frederick L. Ferris, III
Edward F. Hall, MD, sponsored by David Zacks
Stephen Kim, MD, sponsored by G. Baker Hubbard
Jasmine Elison, MD, sponsored by D. Jackson Coleman
Michael Ober, MD, sponsored by Lawrence Yannuzzi
Howard S. Ying, MD, sponsored by Morton F. Goldberg
Antonio Ciardella, MD, sponsored by Stanley Chang
Eugene S. Lit, MD, sponsored by Donald J. D’Amico