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    2017 Heed-Gutman Award Winner


     

    Daniel F. Martin, MD is Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, the Barbara and A. Malachi Mixon III Institute Chair in Ophthalmology, and Professor of Ophthalmology in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Martin completed medical school at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine followed by residency and chief residency in ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery and Diseases at Duke University Eye Center followed by a two-year fellowship in Uveitis and Ocular Immunology at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health. Prior to moving to the Cleveland Clinic in 2008, Dr. Martin served on the faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine for 15 years, ultimately as tenured professor and as the Thomas M. Aaberg Professor of Ophthalmology.

    Dr. Martin’s primary research interest is in clinical trials and the evaluation of new treatments for retinal diseases. Dr. Martin serves as the Study Chair for the Comparison of AMD Treatments Trials (CATT) and also serves as the Network Chair for the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR). He has previously served as principal investigator for many AMD, diabetes, and uveitis trials including AREDS, SOCA, and MUST, and has served on numerous Data and Safety Monitoring Boards and Steering Committees. Dr. Martin was extensively involved in the development of the ganciclovir implant and later valganciclovir for the treatment of CMV retinitis, serving as Study Chair for the clinical trials that resulted in FDA approval of both of these drugs. He has published more than 180 peer-reviewed articles, delivered 27 named lectures, and delivered more than 320 invited lectures. Dr. Martin has been the recipient of numerous awards including the 74th Edward Jackson Memorial Lecture at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO); the Senior Honor Award and Secretariat Award from the AAO; the Pyron Award, the Crystal Apple Award and Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS); the Rosenthal Award and the Gass Medal from the Macula Society; the Sam and Maria Miller Award for Scientific Achievement in Clinical Research from the Cleveland Clinic; and the Cless Medal. Dr. Martin has previously served on the Board of Governors for the Cleveland Clinic.

    Appointment of 2017-2018 Heed Fellows


     

    The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation and the Society of Heed Fellows announces the appointment of the following 2017-2018 Heed Fellows:

    Mohsin H. Ali, MD
    Erin A. Boese, MD
    Durga Borkar, MD
    Lauren A. Dalvin, MD
    Lilangi Ediriwickrema, MD, MHS
    Eric D. Gaier, MD, PhD
    Preethi Ganapathy, MD, PhD
    Yen C. Hsia, MD
    Anton M. Kolomeyer, MD, PhD
    Stavros Moysidis, MD
    Nambi Nallasamy, MD
    Sarah P. Read, MD, PhD
    Gavin Roddy, MD, PhD
    James A. Stefater, MD, PhD
    Philip P. Storey, MD
    Daniel Su, MD
    Zeba Almas Syed, MD
    Sophia Y. Wang, MD
    Natalie Wolkow, MD, PhD
    Edward H. Wood, MD
    Thomas J. Wubben, MD, PhD

    Residents Retreat, September 25-26, 2017, Chicago, IL


     

    The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation (HOF), in conjunction with the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS) and Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), will co-sponsor the 12th annual Heed Foundation Residents Retreat on September 25 and 26, 2017 at Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont Illinois, a 10 minute shuttle ride from O’Hare airport.

    Thirty-five to 40 residents, nominated by their department chairs and residency program directors, and 30 faculty, including recent K-awardees, mid-career and senior faculty, will gather for two half-days to discuss careers in academic ophthalmology. During the informal sessions, residents will mingle with academic ophthalmologists just a few years their senior to learn about how young faculty members made the transition from trainee to academician. Among the many topics to be discussed are how faculty combine patient care with positions/involvement in clinical research, lab research, residency program leadership, medical student educator, fellowship program director, NEI/NIH faculty, VA faculty, and/or public health/international ophthalmology to achieve highly rewarding academic careers.

    Department chairs and residency program directors are encouraged to nominate one or two residents from their programs who have the talent and desire to pursue a career in academic ophthalmology. The application consists of three parts: 1) a letter of recommendation from the department chair, 2) the resident’s biosketch (in NIH or narrative format, not to exceed two pages), and 3) a personal statement from the resident describing his/her career goals. Please include email addresses for both the nominator and the resident.

    Seven individually collated hard copies of the application should be submitted to Stuart L. Fine at the address listed below. Please use paper clips, not staples, when collating the pages of each application. Also, please DO NOT require a signature at the time of delivery.

    Stuart L. Fine, MD
    7 Graylyn Place Court
    Winston-Salem, NC 27106

    Nominations are reviewed and nominees are selected by the Heed Foundation Directors. Each year, the Heed Directors regret that many worthy nominees cannot be invited because of budgetary constraints. The 2017 HOF budget will allow 35 residents from 35 different programs to be supported. For the 2017 Retreat, the Directors agreed to allow a second resident from up to five programs to attend if their chairs agree to fund all travel-related, hotel, and meal expenses and if their evaluation scores are at a fundable level. For those programs nominating two residents, please indicate in the chair’s recommendation letter, your willingness to fund a second resident. Nominees and their chairs will be notified in June 2017. Nominations may be submitted at any time from now through April 15, 2017.

    The Heed Foundation, www.Heed.org , is grateful to the AUPO chairs and residency program directors for their continuing support of the Heed Foundation Residents Retreat.

    Questions should be submitted to stuart.fine@ucdenver.edu with a copy to jacqui.trujillo@ucdenver.edu.


    Heed Luncheon


     

    The Heed Luncheon is held each year during the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting. All former Heed Fellows are invited to attend.

    The 2017 Heed Luncheon will be held in New Orleans on Saturday, November 11 at the Marriott Convention Center Hotel, Blaine Kern AB Room. The reception begins at 11:30 am followed by the luncheon at 12:00 noon.

    The program will include updates on the Heed Foundation and the Society of Heed Fellows activities, and the presentation of the 2017 Heed-Gutman Award.

    Heed-Gutman Award


     

    In recognition of Dr. Froncie Gutman’s 3 decades of service and leadership, the Board of Directors of the Society of Heed Fellows, in conjunction with the Board of Directors of the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation, has named the Heed Award as the Heed-Gutman Award. Dr. Gutman became the fourth Executive Secretary of the Heed Foundation in 1990, following Dr. Hayward Post (1946-1966), Dr. Frank Newell (1966-67), and Dr. David Shoch (1967-1989). He has been Executive Secretary of the Society of Heed Fellows (SOHF) since its formal inception as an educational, scientific and charitable public foundation in 1984.

    Under his leadership, the Heed Foundation has flourished and currently funds over 20 fellowship annually. As a result of his successful fund raising, the SOHF now is able to award up to 5 of the Heed fellowships each year. In addition, Dr. Gutman was instrumental in the creation of the annual Resident Retreat. Established in 2005 to promote an academic career for talented ophthalmology residents, the Retreat has brought together successful university faculty with residents from programs around the country. It is now co-sponsored by the American Ophthalmological Society and Research to Prevent Blindness. Participation is highly sought after by top residents and the Heed Resident Retreat has become a fertile breeding ground for future academic stars.

    The Boards of the Heed Foundation and the Society of Heed Fellows are deeply grateful to Dr. Froncie Gutman for his indispensable leadership and extraordinary contributions to the success of our organizations.