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Each year, a former Heed Fellow is selected to receive the prestigious Heed Award from the Society of Heed Fellows. The presentation of the award is made at the alumni luncheon of the Society of Heed Fellows, which is held during the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

In 2015, the Heed Award was renamed the Heed-Gutman Award by the Board of Trustees to recognize Dr. Froncie Gutman's long term leadership to both the Society of Heed Fellows and the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation.

Any former Heed Fellow who has not previously received the Heed Award is a potential candidate and all Heed Fellows may nominate a candidate. A committee composed of previous recipients of the Heed Award selects the honoree. The following criteria are the basis for nominating and selecting the candidate:

  1. Evidence of major contributions to ophthalmology as an educator, clinician, and/or investigator.
  2. Outstanding original discoveries or investigations, which have produced major advancements in the field of ophthalmology.
  3. Long-term evidence of extraordinary and distinguished leadership service on behalf of ophthalmology.

Recipients of Heed-Gutman Award

  1. 1965 - William F. Hoyt, M.D.
  2. 1966 - Matthew D. Davis, M.D.
  3. 1967 - Harvey A. Lincoff , M.D.
  4. 1968 - Goodwin M. Breinin, M.D.
  5. 1969 - William H. Spencer, M.D.
  6. 1970 - Philip Knapp, M.D.
  7. 1971 - Milton Flocks, M.D.
  8. 1972 - William S. Tasman, M.D.
  9. 1973 - Froncie A. Gutman, M.D.
  10. 1974 - Marvin H. Quickert, M.D.
  11. 1975 - Eugene M. Helveston , M.D.
  12. 1976 - Stuart I. Brown, M.D.
  13. 1977 - Paul R. Lichter, M.D.
  14. 1978 - J. Terry Ernest, M.D.
  15. 1979 - George O. Waring, III, M.D.
  16. 1980 - Ronald G. Michels, M.D.
  17. 1981 - H. Dwight Cavanagh, M.D.
  18. 1982 - Jay H. Krachmer, M.D.
  19. 1983 - David L. Guyton, M.D.
  20. 1984 - Norman E. Byer, M.D.
  21. 1985 - Robert R. Waller, M.D.
  22. 1986 - Myles M. Behrens, M.D.
  23. 1987 - Thom J. Zimmerman, M.D.
  24. 1988 - Mark S. Blumenkranz, M.D.
  25. 1989 - Richard L. Anderson, M.D.
  26. 1990 - Peter J. Savino, M.D.
  27. 1991 - Charles P. Wilkinson, M.D.
  28. 1992 - Burton J. Kushner, M.D.
  29. 1993 - Richard L. Lindstrom, M.D.
  30. 1994 - Roy W. Beck, M.D.
  31. 1995 - A. Linn Murphree, M.D.
  32. 1996 - Robert Ritch, M.D.
  33. 1997 - Robert N. Weinreb, M.D.
  34. 1998 - Gary N. Holland, M.D.
  35. 1999 - Neil M. Bressler, M.D.
  36. 2000 - Eugene de Juan, Jr., M.D.
  37. 2001 - R. Doyle Stulting, M.D.
  38. 2002 - Hans E. Grossniklaus, M.D.
  39. 2003 - Paul Sternberg,Jr., M.D.
  40. 2004 - Carl B. Camras, M.D.
  41. 2005 - Peter J. McDonnell, M.D.
  42. 2006 - Sherwin J. Isenberg, M.D.
  43. 2007 - Phillip J. Rosenfeld, M.D., Ph.D.
  44. 2008 - Andrew P. Schachat, M.D.
  45. 2009 - Marco A. Zarbin, M.D.,Ph.D.
  46. 2010 - Eve Higginbotham, M.D.
  47. 2011 - David Abramson, M.D.
  48. 2012 - Todd P. Margolis, M.D., Ph.D.
  49. 2013 - Julia A. Haller, M.D.
  50. 2014 - Alfredo A. Sadun, M.D., Ph.D.
  51. 2015 - Lois E.H. Smith, M.D., Ph.D.
  52. 2016 - Russell N. Van Gelder, MD, PhD