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AAO Foundation Announces 2021 William C. Ezell Fellowship Recipients

The fellows will be honored during Academy 2021 Boston, Nov. 3-6.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ORLANDO, FL — The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) announces the twelve recipients of the 2021 William C. Ezell Fellowships. The Ezell Fellowship program is named after the founding President of the AAOF, William C. Ezell, OD. It was established to provide recognition and support to talented post-doctoral students in pursuit of an advanced degree in optometric research and education. More than 440 William C. Ezell Fellowships have been awarded since the inception of the program in 1949.

Funding for these Fellowships is provided by leading optometric companies, private endowments, and other generous business organizations that represent most sectors of the industry.

The AAOF congratulates the following recipients who have been selected as the 2021 Ezell Fellows:

  • AAO Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses, and Refractive Technologies (CCLRT) Ezell Fellow
    • Young Hyun Kim
    • University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry
  • American Academy of Optometry (AAO) Ezell Fellow
    • Jennyffer D. Smith, OD
    • University of Houston College of Optometry
  • American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) Ezell Fellow
    • Yiyi (Charlotte) Wang, OD, FAAO
    • University of California at Berkeley School of Optometry
  • Danne Ventura / Essilor Ezell Fellow
    • Maureen D. Plaumann, OD, FAAO
    • The Ohio State University College of Optometry
  • Facebook Ezell Fellow
    • Rebecca Deffler, OD, MS, FAAO
    • The Ohio State University College of Optometry
  • Irvin M. Borish / Essilor Ezell Fellow
    • Neeraj Singh, BSOptom, MPhil
    • Indiana University School of Optometry
  • John N. Schoen Ezell Fellow
    • Erin Sayoko Tomiyama, OD, MS, FAAO
    • University of Houston College of Optometry
  • Merton C. Flom Leadership Ezell Fellow
    • Breanne McGhee, OD, MEd, FAAO
    • Pacific University College of Optometry
  • Michael G. Harris Ezell Fellow
    • Erica R. Shelton, OD, MS, FAAO
    • The Ohio State University College of Optometry
  • Mike Daley / Essilor Ezell Fellow
    • Rabia Mobeen
    • University of New South Wales School of Optometry and Vision Science
  • Optometric Glaucoma Society (OGS) Ezell Fellow
    • Janelle Tong, BOptom
    • University of New South Wales School of Optometry and Vision Science
  • Rod Tahran / Essilor Ezell Fellow
    • Amy Hiu Yan Chow, OD
    • University of Waterloo School of Optometry and Vision Science

This year’s Ezell Fellows will be honored during Academy 2021 Boston, November 3-6 in Boston, Massachusetts.

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