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    Appointment of 2018-2019 Heed Fellows


    The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation and the Society of Heed Fellows announces the appointment of the following 2018-2019 Heed Fellows:

    Sally Liu Baxter, MD
    Cindy Xinji Cai, MD
    Natalia Fijalkowski Callaway, MD, MS
    Dolly Shuo-Teh Chang, MD, MPH, PhD
    Emily Sarah Charlson, MD, PhD
    Ayan Chatterjee, MD, MS
    Jonathan Caesar Chou, MD
    Thomas Henrik Dohlman, MD
    Seanna Rae Grob, MD, MAS
    Christopher Kwan Hwang, MD, PhD
    Thomas Vincent Johnson, III, MD, PhD
    Tyson Nam Kim, MD, PhD
    Michele Danielle Lee, MD
    Michael Lin, MD
    Shawn Rong Lin, MD, MBA
    Eugene Alan Lowry, MD
    Joel Robert Palko, MD
    Tomasz Stryjewski, MD
    Catherine Qing Sun, MD
    Swarup Sai Swaminathan, MD
    Atalie Carina Thompson, MD, MPH
    Cindy Ung, MD
    Suzanne Westbrook van Landingham, MD
    Nicolas Alessandro Yannuzzi, MD

    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 2018 Heed Luncheon will be held in Chicago on Saturday, October 27 at Hyatt McCormick Place, Regency Ballroom 3. 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 2018 Heed-Gutman Award.

    Residents Retreat, October 8-9, 2018, Chicago, IL


    The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation (HOF), in conjunction with the Society of Heed Fellows, the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS) and Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), will co-sponsor the 13th annual Heed Foundation Residents Retreat on October 8 and 9, 2018 at Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont Illinois, a 10 minute shuttle ride from O’Hare airport.

    Thirty to 35 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.

    Six (6) 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 2018 HOF budget will allow about 30 residents from 30 different programs to be supported. For the 2018 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 2018. Nominations may be submitted at any time from now through April 15, 2018.

    The Heed Foundation, , 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 with a copy to

    2017 Heed-Gutman Award Winner

    The 2017 Heed-Gutman Award was presented on November 11 to Daniel F. Martin, MD, 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.