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American Academy of Optometry Announces 2019 Award Recipients

Winners to be recognized at group event in Orlando on October 26.

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(PRESS RELEASE) ORLANDO – Each year the American Academy of Optometry recognizes distinguished individuals who have made 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,” said John G. Flanagan, PhD, FCOptom, FAAO, awards committee chair.

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The Academy announces 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, Oct. 26, 7-10 p.m., in the Plaza International Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Orlando. The Fry and Prentice Lectures will be held on Friday, Oct. 25, 8-9 a.m., in Room W331. This session will feature lectures from both the Charles F. Prentice Award recipient and the Glenn A. Fry Award recipient.

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Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies award recipients will be honored at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in Room W221. The Public Health and Environmental Vision Section Henry B. Peters Awardee will be honored on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 5:30 p.m. 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 Oct. 23-27, 2019, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. For more information, visit www.aaopt.org/2019.

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