Awards & Lectures

The Macula Society's success is a tribute to the Founders, Officers, Chairpersons and Committee members who have given freely of their time and efforts to further the mission of the Society. The Macula Society also recognizes its many supporters, without whose contributions the Society could not be so excellent. Most important, however, to the success of the Society, has been the remarkable loyalty of its members, who present their best work at the annual meeting.

The Macula Society recognizes outstanding achievement by its members and others, through various awards and lectures, which are presented at the meeting not necessarily annually, but rather, just when a truly worthy recipient is identified.


The Arnall Patz Medal

For outstanding contributions in the study of Retinal Vascular Diseases. Recipients are typically requested to present a lecture at the following AAO meeting. Click here to view recipient's pictures.

Arnall Patz

Past Recipients

    • Richard F. Spaide, MD, 2024
    • Ursula M. Schmidt-Erfurth, MD, 2023
    • José Cunha-Vaz, MD, PhD, 2022 
    • Shoji Kishi, MD, 2021
    • Andrew P. Schachat. MD, 2020
    • Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, 2019
    • Alexander J. Brucker, MD, 2018
    • Neil M. Bressler, MD, 2017
    • Paul Sternberg, Jr., MD, 2016
    • Anat Loewenstein, MD, 2015
    • Tien Y. Wong, MD, PhD, 2014
    • Peter A. Campochiaro, MD, 2013
    • Gabriel Coscas, MD, 2012
    • Leonidas Zografos, MD, 2011
    • Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD, 2010
    • Lawrence J. Singerman, MD, 2009
    • Napoleone Ferrara, MD, 2008
    • Yuval Yassur, MD, 2007
    • Jean-Jacques De Laey, MD, 2007
    • Michael L. Klein, MD, 2006
    • Harvey Lincoff, MD, 2005
    • Evangelos Gragoudas, MD, 2004
    • Gary C. Brown, MD, MBA, 2003
    • Eva M. Kohner, MD, FRCP, 2002
    • Sohan S. Hayreh, MD, 2001
    • W. Richard Green, MD, 2000
    • Morton F. Goldberg, MD, 1999
    • Koichi Shimizu, MD, 1998
    • Prof. Rosario Brancato, 1997
    • Ronald Klein, MD, 1996
    • Daniel Finkelstein, MD, 1995
    • John Clarkson, MD, 1995
    • Matthew Davis, MD, 1995
    • Arnall Patz, MD, 1995

The J. Donald Gass Medal

For outstanding contributions in the study of Macular Diseases. Click here to view recipient's pictures.

J. Donald Gass

Past Recipients

  • Professor Graham E. Holder, PhD, 2024
  • J. Fernando Arevalo, MD, PhD, 2023
  • Kyoko Ohno-Matsui, MD, PhD, 2022
  • Gregg Kokame, MD, 2021
  • Paul Sternberg Jr., MD, 2020
  • Usha Chakravarthy, MD, 2019
  • Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth, MD, 2018
  • Richard F. Spaide, MD, 2017
  • Daniel F. Martin, MD, 2016
  • Julia A. Haller, MD, 2015
  • Anita Agarwal, MD, 2014
  • William F. Mieler, MD, 2013
  • Frederick Ferris, MD, 2012
  • Janet Sunness, MD, 2011
  • Alexander J. Brucker, MD, 2010
  • Joan W. Miller, MD, 2009
  • Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, 2008
  • Jerry A. Shields, MD, 2007
  • Emily Y. Chew, MD, 2006
  • Gis'le Soubrane, MD, 2005
  • Lee M. Jampol, MD, 2004
  • Neil M. Bressler, MD, 2003
  • Evangelos S. Gragoudas, MD, 2002
  • Harvey A. Lincoff, MD, 2001
  • Lawrence J. Singerman, MD, 1999
  • Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD, 1998
  • Alan Bird, MD, 1997
  • Gabriel J. Coscas, MD, 1996
  • Stuart Fine, MD, 1995
  • W. Richard Green, MD, 1995
  • J. Donald M. Gass, MD, 1995

Paul Henkind Memorial Lecture

Given in memory of Paul Henkind, who was Chairman of the Research Committee of the Society, for outstanding retinal research. Click here to view recipient's pictures.

Paul Henkind
Paul Henkind

Past Recipients

    • Andrew J. Lotery, MD, FRCOphth, 2024
    • Richard Rosen, MD, ScD, FACS, FASRS, FARVO, CRA, 2023
    • Russell N. Van Gelder, MD, PhD, 2022 and Ivana K. Kim, MD, PhD, 2022
    • Jennifer I Lim, MD, 2021
    • Hendrik P. N. Scholl, MD, MA, PhD, 2020
    • Jose S Pulido, MD, 2019
    • Cynthia Toth, MD, 2018
    • SriniVas Sadda, MD, 2017
    • Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, MD, 2016
    • Alain Gaudric, MD, 2015
    • J. William Harbour, MD, 2014
    • Richard F. Spaide, MD 2013
    • Usha Chakravarthy, MD, 2012
    • Joan W. Miller, MD, 2011
    • Anthony P. Adamis, MD 2010
    • Lloyd Paul Aiello, MD, PhD, 2009
    • Paul Sternberg Jr., MD, 2007
    • Peter Hamilton, MD, 2006
    • Robert N. Frank, MD, 2005
    • Gholam Peyman, MD, 2004
    • Gerard Lutty, PhD, 2003
    • Frederick L. Ferris III, MD, 2002
    • Thomas M. Aaberg, Sr., MD, 2001
    • Gerald A. Fishman, MD, 2000
    • Curtis Meinert, PhD, 1999
    • Jose Cunha-Vaz, MD, PhD, 1998
    • Lee M. Jampol, MD, 1997
    • Mark O. M. Tso, MD, 1996
    • J. Donald M. Gass, MD, 1995
    • Howard Schatz, MD, 1994
    • Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD, 1993
    • Jerry A. Shields, MD, 1992
    • Alan Bird, MD, 1991
    • Lloyd M. Aiello, MD, 1990
    • Arnall Patz, MD, 1989
    • Morton F. Goldberg, MD, 1988
    • John Marshall, MD, 1987

Young Investigator Award 

The Macula Society’s Young Investigator Award is awarded to an individual under 50 years of age whose work gives high promise of a notable advance in the clinical treatment of disorders of the eye. The Macula Society Executive and Awards Committees have stipulated that all funds from the Young Investigator Award must be allocated to direct research costs and are not allowed to be spent on institutional indirect costs. 

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Past Recipients

  • Steffen Schmitz-Valckenberg, MD, FEBO, 2024
  • Mandeep Singh, MD, PhD, 2023
  • Cagri G. Besirli, MD, PhD, 2022
  • Justis P. Ehlers, MD, 2022
  • Jennifer K. Sun, MD, 2021
  • Elliott H. Sohn, MD, 2021
  • Amani Fawzi, MD, 2020
  • Nadia K. Waheed, MD, MPH, 2020
  • Giuseppe Querques, MD, 2019
  • Stephen Tsang, MD, PhD, 2018
  • Peter K. Kaiser, MD, and Gemmy Chui Ming Cheung, MD, 2017
  • Eric H. Souied, MD, 2016
  • Michael S. Ip, MD, 2015
  • Wai T. Wong, MD, PhD, 2014
  • Rajendra S. Apte, MD, PhD and Michael D. Abramoff, MD, PhD, 2013
  • Srini Vas Sadda, MD, 2012
  • K. Bailey Freund, M.D.: Young Investigator Award (formerly Rosenthal), 2011
  • Timothy W. Olsen, MD 2010
  • J. Williams Harbour, MD 2008
  • Philip Rosenfeld, MD, and Glenn Jaffe, MD, 2007
  • Anat Loewenstein, MD, 2006
  • Timothy G. Murray, MD MBA FACS, 2005
  • Ursula Schmidt-Erfurth, MD, 2005
  • Daniel F. Martin, MD, 2004
  • Jason S. Slakter, MD, 2003
  • Lloyd Paul Aiello, MD, PhD, 2003
  • Carol L. Shields, MD, 2002
  • Susan B. Bressler, MD, 2002
  • Richard F. Spaide, MD, 2001
  • William E. Smiddy, MD, 2000
  • Joan W. Miller, MD, 1999
  • Edwin M. Stone, MD, 1998
  • Neil M. Bressler, MD, 1997
  • Peter A. Campochiaro, MD, 1996
  • Matthew A. Thomas, MD, 1995
  • Carmen A. Puliafito, MD, 1994
  • Thadeus P. Dryja, MD, 1993
  • Mark S. Blumenkranz, MD, 1992
  • Bert M. Glaser, MD, 1991

W. Richard Green Lecture

Given to an individual whose work has helped elucidate the pathogenesis of diseases of the retina. Click here to view recipient's pictures

W. Richard Green

Past Recipients

  • James T. Handa, MD, 2024
  • David Sarraf, MD, 2023
  • Professor Frank G. Holz, MD, FEBO, FARVO, 2022
  • SriniVas Sadda, MD, 2021
  • Robyn Guymer, AM, MBBS, PhD, FRANZCO, FAHMS, 2020
  • Paul Bernstein, MD, 2019
  • Jerry A. Shields, MD, 2018
  • Rajendra S. Apte, MD, PhD, 2017
  • Carol L. Shields, MD, 2016
  • Richard F. Spaide, MD, 2015
  • Hendrik P.N. Scholl, MD, MA, 2014
  • John Sarks, FRCS, FRANZCO and Shirley Sarks, FRCS, FRANZCO, MD, 2013
  • David J. Wilson, MD, 2012
  • David N. Zacks, MD, 2011
  • Ralph C. Eagle, Jr., MD 2010
  • Prof. Dr. Anselm Kampik, 2009
  • Sohan S. Hayreh, MD, PhD, DSc, 2008
  • Michael Marmor, MD, 2007
  • Mark Blumenkranz, 2006
  • Hans E. Grossniklaus, MD, 2005
  • J. Donald M. Gass, MD, 2004
  • Daniel M. Albert, MD, 2002
  • Mark O.M. Tso, MD, 2001

Michaelson Macula Society Award

Through the gracious cooperation of Dr. Daniel P. Michaelson and Professor Jacob's, MD, Chairman of Ophthalmology at Hadassah University, we are now presenting the Michaelson Macula Society Lecture and Award in gratitude for the scientific contributions of (the late) Professor I.C.Michaelson, MD. This is a tri-annual cash award distributed to the recipient. 

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Daniel P. Michaelson

Past Recipients

    • José- Alain Sahel, MD, 2024
    • Jose Pulido, MD, 2021
    • Anat Loewenstein, MD, 2018
    • Lee M. Jampol, MD, 2015
    • Jacob Pe'er, MD, 2012
    • Napoleone Ferrara, MD, 2010

Evangelos S. Gragoudas Award 

Presented to the Vitreo Retinal fellow, sponsored by an active Macula Society member, who has the most highly regarded paper either published or in press as determined by the Awards Committee members ranking. Dr. Gragoudas generously committed to annually fund this award from a grant at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Foundation. This will be a cash award of $10,000. Click here to view recipient's picture.

Evangelos S. Gragoudas

Past Recipients

  • Giulia Corradetti, MD, 2024
  • Ines Lains, MD, PhD, 2023
  • Edward Korot, MD, 2022 
  • Jason M. L. Miller, MD, 2021
  • Matthew R. Starr, MD, 2021
  • Sally Shin Yee, MD Ong, 2020
  • Daniel Shu Wei Ting, MD, 2019
  • Miin Roh, MD PhD, 2018
  • Jeffrey Ryuta Willis, MD, 2017
  • Ajay E. Kuriyan, MD, 2016
  • Yannis M. Paulus, MD, 2015
  • John B. Miller, MD, 2015
  • Glenn C. Yiu, MD, PhD, 2014
  • Ruwan Amila Silva, MD, 2013
  • Mark Kleinman, MD, 2012

International Travel Grant

The International Travel Grant established by Dr. Kwon is to promote young (45 and younger) and accomplished members participation at the annual meetings. The purpose of this grant is to encourage international members to attend the macula society meeting in US, and US members to attend the macula society meeting out of US. The five thousand dollar grant recipient will be grant will be distributed to two recipients at $2500 each. They will be selected by the International Committee with input from the Awards Committee and approval by the Executive Committee. The International Committee appreciates the strong and endless support from all of the members of Macula Society. Click here to view recipient's pictures.

Past Recipients

  • Professor Sandrine Ann Zweifel, MD, PhD,FEBO, FMH (Ophth) and Colin S. Tan, MBBS, FRCSEd (Ophtha, MMDed (Ophth), 2024
  • Hyewon Chung, MD, PhD and Andrew Lotery, MD, FRCOphth, 2023
  • Glenn C. Yiu, MD, PhD and Aaron Nagiel, MD, PhD, 2022
  • Thomas Ach, MD, FEBO and Anna CS Tan, MD, 2021
  • Rupert Wolfgang Strauss, MD, FEBO and Adrian Tien-Chin Fung, MD, MBBS, MMed, FRANZCO, 2020
  • Stephen Schmitz-Valckenberg, MD and Carol Yim Lui Cheung, MD, 2019
  • Daniel Barthelmes, MD and Min Kim, MD, 2018
  • Jennifer K. Sun, MD and Glenn Yiu, MD, 2017
  • Kanji Yamashiro, MD and Suk Ho Byeon, MD, 2016


Lawrence J. Singerman Medal

The Lawrence J. Singerman Medal will be awarded each year to an outstanding Macula Society member for outstanding contributions to the advancement of science through Retinal Clinical Trials. Click here to view recipient's pictures.

Lawrence J. Singerman

Past Recipients

  • Barbara A. Blodi, MD, 2024
  • Usha Chakravarthy, FRCOphth, PhD, CBE, 2023
  • Lloyd Paul Aiello, MD, PhD, FARVO, 2022
  • Frederick Ferris III, MD, 2021
  • Stephen R. Russell, MD, 2020
  • Mathew Davis, MD, and Maureen Maguire, PhD, 2019
  • Emily Y. Chew, MD, 2018
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Officers (2023-2024)
SriniVas R. Sadda, MD
Executive Secretary and Founder:
Lawrence J. Singerman, MD
Julia A. Haller, MD
Judy E. Kim, MD Treasurer: Richard F. Spaide, MD
Committee Chairs
Glenn J. Jaffe, MD
Anita Agarwal, MD
Lloyd P. Aiello, MD, PhD
Endowment Committee: 
Paul Sternberg, Jr., MD Meeting Planning:
Shlomit Schaal, MD, PhD, MHCM
Ivana K. Kim, MD
David Sarraf, MD
Amani Fawzi, MD
Dilraj S. Grewal, MD
International Membership:
Gemmy Cheung, MD
Young Member Representative:
Katherine E. Talcott, MD
AAO Representative:
Sunir J. Garg, MD, FACS
Past Presidents
Arnall Patz, MD
J. Donald M. Gass, MD
Morton F. Goldberg, MD
Robert C. Watzke, MD
Stephen J. Ryan, MD
John G. Clarkson, MD
David H. Orth, MD
Alexander J. Brucker, MD
Lee M. Jampol, MD
Thomas M. Aaberg, MD
Travis A. Meredith, MD
Kurt A. Gitter, MD
William F. Mieler, MD
Daniel Finkelstein, MD
Lawrence A. Yannuzzi, MD
Evangelos S. Gragoudas, MD
Jerry A. Shields, MD
Michael L. Klein, MD
Emily Y. Chew, MD
Mark S. Blumenkranz, MD
Neil M. Bressler, MD
Paul Sternberg, Jr., MD
M. Gilbert Grand, MD
Andrew P. Schachat, MD
James C. Folk, MD
H. Richard McDonald, MD
Joan W. Miller, MD
Carol L. Shields, MD
Mark W. Johnson, MD
Glenn J. Jaffe, MD
Immediate Past President
Daniel F. Martin, MD

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