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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

The 2016 Membership of The Macula Society

Deadline for membership application submission was September 11, 2015

Click here for a sample the membership form. Please review the requirements for your application prior to submitting.

2015 New Members

Membership Application

The Macula Society Credentialing Committee welcomes your application to our society. Our mission is to promote research and publication in macular and retinal vascular diseases. The purpose of this letter is to clarify what we (the Society and specifically the Credentialing Committee) are looking for in new member applications.

We have a directive from the Executive Committee on the competitive criteria for membership. These criteria do not ensure admission; rather, these criteria provide a basis for selecting our future membership from the best possible applicant pool.

The bylaws of the Macula Society mandate the following for Active Members:

1.MD degree, license to practice medicine, and Board certified (ABO) or the equivalent of these requirements from countries outside the US.
2.Retina fellowship training (at least 1 year).
3.At least 2 years in post-fellowship practice (>50% of time devoted to diseases of the posterior segment).
4.Authorship as first or corresponding author of 2 or more publications on posterior segment diseases that have been published within the preceding 4 years in refereed, peer review journals.
5.Recommendation letters by 2 active members of the Society.
6.Some candidates for membership who have made major contributions in the field may be admitted without fulfilling these criteria.

Applicants are ranked by the Credentialing Committee according to a point system that is specific for each criterion and evaluates the following: (Please submit credentials and letters in English, in a well-organized manner).

1.Organization of the curriculum vitae is important.
2.List years of post-residency training. Included in this category is any academic ranking or position that represents commitment to an academic mission of research or training (1-10 points)
3.List years of practice after fellowship. Included in this category is the institution of record for fellowship training (1-5 points).
4.List peer-reviewed publications (Do not include manuscripts that are 'submitted', no value will be attributed to non-peer reviewed work). Articles 'in-press' are acceptable as long as revisions are not pending. Priority is given to publications in journals with high impact factors. Additionally, priority is given to major articles, then case series, and less priority to single case reports. Finally, first or senior authorship is given priority. Electronic versions of the top 2 articles should be included in the application (i.e. PDF format) (1-10 points).
5.Grant support, especially for independent research (i.e. RO-1), is highly valued and should be specifically highlighted. Other forms of grant support, such as clinical trials, are also valued. Identify the source of the funding (i.e. NIH) (1-10 points).
6.Letters of recommendation (in English) need to be received by the review deadline. These letters should include examples of achievements of academic value accomplished by the applicant and qualifications of the candidate that would further the mission statement of the Macula Society (1-10 points)
7.List service work to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) or to State Societies. This work is also valued and should be specified (1-10 points)

Each member of the Credentialing Committee assigns points for each of the criterion for every applicant and the total points are summed and a rank list is generated for the applicants. Following discussions, acceptance letters are sent out to the highest ranked applicants.

Affiliate Members:
1.Persons, other than practicing physicians, whose primary interest is in the basic scientific disciplines related to the purpose of the Society.
2.Authorship of at least 2 publications on posterior segment diseases that have been published within the preceding 4 years in a refereed, peer reviewed journal.

A current Macula Society member may only write one letter of recommendation a year, If they wrote on behalf of an applicant that did not get accepted last year and is re- applying this year that counts as their one letter for this current year.

We look forward to reviewing your application for membership in the Macula Society.


Dr. Karl Csaky, MD
Credentialing Committee Chair

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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