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Faculty News and Awards R. Rand Allingham, MD was inducted into Glaucoma Research Society (GRS) in Seoul, Korea. GRS is a research society limited to 100 top glaucoma researchers globally. Allingham was also awarded Coulter Award to develop a patented device designed to deliver sustained medications for glaucoma (peri-ocular). Sanjay Asrani, MD was invited to join the Editorial Board of the Journal of Glaucoma, an international peer reviewed journal on this field.


Sina Farsiu, PhD won the 2017 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Foundation/ Pfizer Ophthalmics Carl Camras Translational Research Award. The award honors excellence in research and fundamental scientific discoveries, concepts and novel technologies. Sidney Gospe III, MD former resident and current neuroophthalmology fellow was selected to receive the 16th Annual Robert Machemer Resident Research Award for 2015–2016. His proposal was titled “Development of a retinal explant model of Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy and was presented at Residents’ and Fellows’ Day in June 2016. Dilraj Grewal, MD and Akshay Thomas, MD will be Associate Editors with Sharon Fekrat, MD as Chief Editor of the second edition of SLACK Publishing, Curbside Fekrat Consultation in Retina: 49 Clinical Questions! We will have 49 contributing retina MD authors from all over the country. Alessandro Iannaccone, MD will be authoring one of the 49 chapters.



Eleonora “Nora” G. Lad, MD, PhD received several awards over the last year. She received the Research to Prevent Blindness Ernest and Elizabeth Althouse Special Scholar Award, NIH/NEI K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award, Duke-Duke/NUS Pilot Collaborative Award with her Co-PIs Heather Whitson, MD, MHS and Sina Farsiu, PhD) and International Society for Eye Research Travel Fellowship Award, 2016.

Leon Herndon, MD received the 2016 American Academy of Ophthalmology Secretariat Award. Michael Kelly, FOPS has been elected the twenty-first President of the Ophthalmic Photographers’ Society (OPS). The OPS Presidency has been at Harvard for the last two terms. Michael is the first to bring the Presidency to Duke. The OPS is a non-profit organization founded in 1969 with members in thirty countries. Terry Kim, MD has accepted the position of 2017–2018 Secretary on the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) Executive Committee as of May 2017.

Anthony Kuo, MD was named a Duke Health Scholar. This award recognizes past achievements and future potential for continued success as a clinician-scientist. Tamer Mahmoud, MD, PhD won the award of “Coolest surgical video” at the retina subspecialty day at AAO 2016. Henry Tseng, MD was named Duke Health Fellow. He also received a clinician-scientist research award for his paper “Age-related Autophagy Function in an Optineurin Mouse Model of Normaltension Glaucoma” from American Glaucoma Society.

2017 Vision  
2017 Vision