The Opening Session will be held Sunday from 8:30-10 a.m. in The Great Hall. Cynthia A. Bradford, MD, will give the Academy President’s Address and David W. Parke II, MD, will give the Academy CEO’s Address. Keith D. Carter, MD, FACS, will give the Academy President-Elect’s Address.
Other highlights will include the 2017 Jackson Memorial Lecture, which will be given by Daniel F. Martin, MD, Chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute and the study chair for the Comparison of AMD Treatments Trials (CATT) and the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR). His topic will be “Evolution of Intravitreal Therapy for Retinal Diseases: From CMV to CNV.”
Also, musician Henry Butler will give the Michael F. Marmor Lecture in Ophthalmology and the Arts—his presentation will be part lecture, part performance. His music is a mixture of jazz, Caribbean, classical, pop, blues, and R&B.
Blinded by glaucoma at birth, Butler has been playing the piano since he was 6 years old. He has been arranging, composing, and performing professionally since he was 12. Butler has performed and conducted workshops and master classes throughout the country, and has developed a camp for blind and visually impaired teen musicians, the subject of a 2010 documentary, “The Music’s Gonna Get You Through.”
Irene H. Maumenee, MD, a research professor of ophthalmology, pediatric and adult strabismus service and the director of ocular genetics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago, will be given the Laureate Award. Dr. Maumenee introduced formal genetic concepts to the field of eye care and ushered in the creation of ophthalmic genetics as a subspecialty in the United States. While a faculty member of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University, she founded and directed the Johns Hopkins Center for Hereditary Eye Diseases. She also co-founded the International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases and Retinoblastoma and initiated the foundation of an ophthalmic genetics center at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago.