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American Academy of Optometry Announces 2023 Award Recipients

The Awards Ceremony is on October 13.




(PRESS RELEASE) ORLANDO, FL — Each year the American Academy of Optometry recognizes distinguished individuals who have made countless important contributions to advancing the profession of optometry.

“Inspiring Excellence in Eye Care: The Academy’s awardees are nominated by Fellows who were inspired by the amazing achievements each awardee attained in research, education, leadership, and/or service to our profession. In New Orleans, we will celebrate these awardees and inspire the next generation of optometrists and vision scientists,” said Melissa D. Bailey, OD, PhD, FAAO, Awards Committee Chair.

The Academy announces the 2023 award recipients:

  • Eric B. Papas, PhD, BScOptom
    Charles F. Prentice Medal and Lecture Award
  • Alex R. Bowers, PhD, MCOptom, FAAO
    Glenn A. Fry Award and Lecture
    (American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)
  • Rabia Mobeen, BOptom, BA, MPhil Optom
    Irvin M. and Beatrice Borish Award
  • Timothy A. Wingert, OD, FAAO
    American Academy of Optometry – Essilor Award for Outstanding
    International Contributions to Optometry
  • Jennifer Deakins McCreight, OD, FAAO
    William Feinbloom Award
  • Nathan Efron, AC, DSc, FAAO
    Carel C. Koch Memorial Medal Award
  • Anne Mika Moy, OD, FAAO
    Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician Educator Award
  • Annabelle Seddon
    Julius F. Neumueller Award in Optics
    (American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)
  • Marlee M. Spafford, OD, MSc, PhD, FAAO
    Michael G. Harris Family Award for Excellence in Optometric Education
    (American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)
  • Vondolee Delgado-Nixon, PhD, FAAO
    AAOF Excellence in Diversity Awareness and Education Award
  • Jameel Rizwana Hussaindeen, MPhil, FAAO, PhD
    AAOF Outstanding Emerging Leader Award
  • Ian L. Bailey, OD, FCOptom, DSc, FAAO
    Tony Adams Eminent Service Award

Awards of the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies

  • Jason Nichols, OD, PhD, FAAO
    Max Schapero Memorial Lecture Award
  • Ralph Stone, MS, PhD
    Founders’ Award
  • Donald Korb, OD, FAAO
    Exemplary Service Award

Award of the Public Health and Environmental Vision Section

  • Padhmalatha Segu, OD, FAAO
    Henry B. Peters Award for Public Health and Environmental Vision
    (American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)

Join us for the Awards Ceremony on Friday, October 13, at 8:00 am during Academy 2023 New Orleans in Ballroom C of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. One hour of CE credit can be accrued during this two-hour event.


The Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies Awards will be presented during the Section Awards Ceremony and Max Schapero Lecture on Wednesday, October 11, at 4:00 pm in Room 255-257. Half an hour of credit can be achieved during this one-hour session.

The Public Health and Environmental Vision Section will hold their Section Awards Ceremony and Henry B. Peters Lecture on Friday, October 13, at 5:00 pm.

About the American Academy of Optometry

The American Academy of Optometry (AAO) inspires excellence in optometric practice by fostering research and disseminating knowledge in vision science through its journals, Optometry and Vision Science and Clinical Insights in Eyecare, and the continuing education presented at its annual meeting. Fellows of the Academy are committed to the premise that learning is a lifelong obligation of a professional, as is the commitment to expand the profession’s knowledge base through ongoing fellowship and exchange. For more information, visit the website: here.

The American Academy of Optometry is accredited by COPE to provide continuing education to optometrists.



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