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M. Gilbert Grand, MD
Andrew P. Schachat, MD
James C. Folk, MD
H. Richard McDonald, MD
Executive Secretary
Lawrence J.  Singerman, 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

Immediate Past President

Paul Sternberg, Jr., MD

Committee Chairs

Neil M. Bressler, MD

By-Laws Chair
Ivana Kim, MD

Karl Csaky, MD, PhD

Meeting Planning
Sophie J. Bakri, MD

G. Baker Hubbard, III, MD

Judy E. Kim, MD

Research and Education Chair
Richard F. Spaide, MD

Website Chair
Cynthia Toth, MD 

AAO Representative
Michael J. Elman, MD

International Member
Oh W. Kwon, MD

Young Member
David Sarraf, MD

History of the Macula Society

Lawrence J. Singerman

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.

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.


M. Gilbert Grand, MD
Andrew P. Schachat, MD
James C. Folk, MD
H. Richard McDonald, MD
Lawrence Singerman, MD
Executive Secretary
Paul Sternberg, Jr., MD?
Immediate Past President
Oh Kwon, MD
International Member
David Sarraf, MD
Young Member

Member News

 Macula Society Member: Joan W. Miller, M.D., FARVO Elected to the National Academy of Medicine

BOSTON -- Joan Whitten Miller, M.D., Henry Willard Williams Professor of Ophthalmology and Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School (HMS), and Chief of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital, has been elected to membership in the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Dr. Miller is an internationally recognized expert on retinal disorders, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), retinal degenerations, and diabetic retinopathy.  
Established in 1970 by the National Academy of Sciences, the NAM?formerly named the Institute of Medicine?is a national resource for independent, scientifically informed analysis and recommendations on health issues. NAM serves alongside the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering to “address critical issues in health, medicine and related policy and to inspire positive action across sectors.”  

Congratulations to  Dr. Gary E. Fish, a Macula Society member and The Macula Society nominee, who was selected as AAO's 2015 Academy's Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award recipient. Dr. Fish will be presented with this award at the 2015 AAO Meeting in Las Vegas.   

New Macula Society International Travel Grant

The Macula Society approved the proposal from the International
Committee to create “The International Travel Grant” for the young and
accomplished members. 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.

This year the meeting is being held in US, so the Society will
choose international members. It will be our great pleasure and honor to have
the first recipients. The International Committee appreciates the strong and
endless support from all of the members of Macula Society.

Very truly,
Oh W Kwon

International Committee Chairperson

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