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    Residents Retreat, October 5-6, 2020, Chicago, IL - Nomination Deadline May 1


    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 15th annual Heed Foundation Residents Retreat on October 5 and 6, 2020 at Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel in Rosemont Illinois, a 10 minute shuttle ride from O’Hare airport.

    Residents, nominated by their department chairs and residency program directors, and 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 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.

    Nomination Process and Materials
    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 new electronic application consists of the following:
    1) academic program name
    2) resident’s name and email
    3) nominator’s name and email
    4) a letter of recommendation from the department chair (submit as PDF copy)
    • If nominating two residents, please confirm willingness to fund a second resident by checking the appropriate box
    5) the resident’s biosketch in NIH or narrative format, not to exceed two pages (submit as PDF copy)
    6) a personal statement from the resident describing his/her career goals (submit as PDF copy)

    Updated: Nomination Form
    NEW! The application should be submitted using our electronic form. Request a link to the new form by emailing

    Review Process
    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. For the 2020 Retreat, the Directors agreed to allow a second resident from 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 of the decision in June 2020.

    Nominations may be submitted at any time from now through May 1, 2020.

    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

    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 2020 Heed Luncheon will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday, November 14. The reception begins at 11:30 am followed by the sit down 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 2020 Heed-Gutman Award.

    2019 Heed-Gutman Award Winner

    The 2019 Heed-Gutman Award was presented on October 12 to Dr. Paul P. Lee, the F. Bruce Fralick Professor and Chair at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Director of the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor, MI. Dr. Lee completed his undergraduate studies (1981) and medical school (1986) at the University of Michigan, and earned his juris doctorate (JD) at Columbia University (1986). His ophthalmology training was conducted at Wilmer Eye Institute (1990), and his fellowship training in glaucoma at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

    Dr. Lee has served in several leadership capacities in ophthalmology, including past responsibilities as a Director and Chair of the American Board of Ophthalmology, Chair of the ARVO Foundation, an at-large member of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), a Board member of Prevent Blindness America, a Board member of the American Glaucoma Society, and co-chair of the AMA-AAO Consortium Task Force for Eye Care Quality Indicators (PQRI). He has also been a consultant for the CDC and the WHO, as well as RAND. He currently serves as the President of NAEVR/AEVR and is on the Board of Advisors for the Hoskins Center on Patient Safety and Quality for the Foundation of the AAO. In addition, Dr. Lee serves on the Board of Directors of the Society of Heed Fellows, and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology.

    Dr. Lee has published over 270 papers on glaucoma and eye care delivery in general, particularly on understanding and improving eye and health care. He has been principal investigator on research projects to evaluate the appropriateness of cataract surgery, the quality of glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy care, utilization patterns of eye care, provider workforce analyses for ophthalmology and orthopedics, and analyses of failure patterns for the treatment of diabetes related eye disease and glaucoma. He has also led the ophthalmic portions of other projects investigating conformance with AHCPR guidelines for cataract, utilization and quality of eye care patterns in managed care, and a comparison of fee-for-service to managed care among Medicare patients.
    He has received the Lew Wasserman Merit Award from Research to Prevent Blindness, the Alcon Institute Research Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AAO, the Gold Fellow from ARVO, and has been inducted into Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis. Dr. Lee was also recently elected to the National Academy of Medicine. He has also delivered the American Glaucoma Society Lecture, the Parker-Heath Lecture of the AMA section of ophthalmology, and the Shaffer Lecture at the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

    Heed Ophthalmic Foundation/Society of Heed Fellows Announcement of New Executive Secretary


    The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Board of Directors and the Society of Heed Fellows Board of Trustees are pleased to announce Dr. David J. Wilson as the Executive Secretary of the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation and the Society of Heed Fellows effective June 1, 2019. Dr. Wilson was awarded a Heed Fellowship in 1985 and is the Director of the Casey Eye Institute at the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Wilson succeeds Dr. Froncie A. Gutman. Dr. Gutman, a Heed Fellowship awardee in 1966, served the Foundation from 1990 – 2019 and the Society from 1986 - 2019.

    We extend an enthusiastic welcome to Dr. Wilson and our sincere gratitude to Dr. Gutman!

    Appointment of 2019-2020 Heed Fellows


    The Heed Ophthalmic Foundation and the Society of Heed Fellows announces the appointment of the following 2019-2020 Heed Fellows:

    Aliaa H. Abdelhakim, MD, PhD
    Frank L. Brodie, MD, MBA
    Sophie Cai, MD
    Rene Y. K. Choi, MD, PhD
    Christopher Conrady, MD, PhD
    Jose D. Diaz, MD
    Kishan Gupta, MD, PhD
    Kirk K. Hou, MD, PhD
    Ang Li, MD
    Katy C. Liu, MD, PhD
    Jason L. M. Miller, MD, PhD
    Kareem Moussa, MD
    Debarshi Mustafi, MD, PhD
    Huy V. Nguyen, MD
    Tapan Patel, MD, PhD
    Michelle Y. Peng, MD
    Cecinio C. Ronquillo, MD, PhD
    Elizabeth Rossin, MD, PhD
    Adam L. Rothman, MD
    Jonathan F. Russell, MD, PhD
    Nathan L. Scott, MD, MPP
    Brittni A. Scruggs, MD, PhD
    Nakul S. Shekhawat, MD, MPH
    Victoria L. Tseng, MD

    Marco A. Zarbin, MD, PhD Elected to Society of Heed Fellows Board

    The Board of Trustees of the Society of Heed Fellows has elected Marco A. Zarbin, MD, PhD as a trustee. Dr. Zarbin will begin his term of office on January 1, 2019 and will replace Dr. David Wilson, who concludes his tenure as trustee.

    Dr. Zarbin graduated from Dartmouth College and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed resident and fellowship training (vitreoretinal surgery and medical retina) at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute and was an Assistant Chief of Service at Wilmer. Dr. Zarbin is Chair of the Institute of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School and Chief of Ophthalmology at University Hospital in Newark, NJ. He is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Neuroscience and is the Alfonse A. Cinotti, MD/Lions Eye Research Chair. Dr. Zarbin is co-Director of the Ocular Cell Transplantation Laboratory. He has published 221 peer-reviewed papers and editorials, 100 book chapters, one book on age-related macular degeneration, one book on stem cell therapy for degenerative retinal disease, and two books on the management of diabetic retinopathy.

    Dr. Zarbin is a Vice Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Foundation Fighting Blindness, Editor-in-Chief of Translational Vision Science and Technology, is a member of the editorial board of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology Retina, and the Journal of Vitreoretinal Diseases, and is an ex officio member of the National Advisory Eye Council. He is also a member of the American Ophthalmological Society, Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, the Retina Society, the Macula Society, the Club Jules Gonin, and the ASRS. Dr. Zarbin is listed among the “Best Doctors” by Castle Connolly. Dr. Zarbin is an ARVO Fellow, Gold Level and is a recipient of the Heed Award.