History of the Macula Society

The Macula Society was founded in 1977 when Dr. Lawrence J. Singerman recognized the need for a forum to present and critique the rapidly expanding new research in retinal vascular and macular disease. He invited a few dozen leaders in these areas to the first meeting. He persuaded his mentor, Dr. Arnall Patz, to be the first president. He planned the meeting in Key Biscayne, Florida, to facilitate the presence of Dr. J. Donald Gass, who opened the first session and moderated the last session of the meeting. Dr. Gass also became the second president of the Society. At the first meeting, committee chairmen were nominated and elected by the attendees.

Lawrence J. Singerman

Still, after 37 years, the purpose of the Society is to provide a forum for the presentation and dissemination of the most current and most advanced scientific information and research available in retinal vascular and macular diseases.

Currently, the Macula Society has 423 members, including many international members. Applications are accepted only once a year, and members are selected via rigorous acceptance criteria, including extensive contribution to retinal literature. Membership is, therefore, smaller than some organizations, which has promoted exceptional camaraderie and loyalty to the Society. Most members come to almost every meeting. The vast majority of members is involved in cutting-edge research and/or are investigators in major clinical trials.

2018 Macula Society Officers

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President
H. Richard McDonald, MD
       

 
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President-Elect
Joan W. Miller, MD

Secretary
Carol L. Shields, MD

Treasurer

Mark W. Johnson, MD

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Executive Secretary
Lawrence J. Singerman, MD

 

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Past-President
James C. Folk, MD

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Officers

President
H. Richard McDonald, MD

President-Elect
Joan W. Miller, MD

Secretary
Carol L. Shields, MD

Treasurer
Mark W. Johnson, MD

Executive Secretary
Lawrence J.  Singerman, MD

Established 1977
Lawrence Singerman - Founder

Committee Chairs

Awards
Andrew P. Schachat, MD

By-Laws Chair
Christina J. Flaxel, MD

Credentials
Glenn J. Jaffe, MD

Meeting Planning
Peter K. Kaiser, MD

Nominating
Jennifer I. Lim, MD

Program
Srini Vas Sadda, MD

Research & Education
David N. Zacks, MD

Website
Demetrios G. Vavvas, MD

AAO Representative
Sharon D. Solomon, MD

International Representative
Tien Y. Wong, MD

Young Member
Elliot H. Sohn, MD

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
Gil Grand, MD
Andrew P. Schachat, MD
James C. Folk, MD

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