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Paul Sternberg, Jr., MD
M. Gilbert Grand, MD
Andrew P. Schachat, MD
James C. Folk, 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

Committee Chairs

Mark S. Blumenkranz, MD

By-Laws Chair
SriniVas Sadda, MD

Karl Csaky, MD, PhD

Meeting Planning
Sophie J. Bakri, MD

G. Baker Hubbard, III, MD

Judy E. Kim, MD

Research and Education Chair
Jennifer I. Lim, MD

Website Chair
Mathew MacCumber, MD, PhD

AAO Representative
Michael J. Elman, MD

International Member
Oh W. Kwon, MD

Young Member
David Sarraf, MD

The Membership of The Macula Society

Membership Applications for 2015 membership will be open to the public and accepted starting June 16th, 2014.

Deadline of Midnight September 26, 2014

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

Congratulations to the 2014 Macula Society New Members - Click here to see our new members

Currently, the Macula Society has 437 members, including many international members. Applications are accepted once a year, and members are selected by 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. Nearly all members are involved in current research and are investigators in clinical trials. During the annual scientific program, members present original papers on current diagnostic advances and new surgical and pharmacological treatments for macular and retinal diseases. Papers include updates on ongoing clinical trials.

2015 Membership Application now open Deadline Midnight September 26, 2014

Membership Application

The Macula Society Credentialing Committee welcomes your application for membership to the Macula Society whose mission is to promote research and publication in macular and retinal diseases. The purpose of this document is to outline the criteria for assessing new membership applications as determined by the Macula Society and specifically the Executive and Credentialing Committees. These criteria do not ensure admission but provide a basis for selecting future members from the 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 and greater than 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 Macula Society.
  6. Some candidates for membership who have made major contributions in the field may be admitted without fulfilling these criteria.

Required Documents: Applicants should provide the following information. All documents should be written in English and clearly labeled and organized.

  1. Curriculum Vitae which should include the entire spectrum of the applicant's academic involvement including teaching, meeting organization, clinical and basic science research, and publication.
  2. Years of post-residency training
  3. Years of practice after fellowship
  4. List of peer-reviewed publications
  5. Grant support
  6. Letters of recommendation from 2 active members of the Society
  7. Service work to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) or equivalent international, state or regional society

Grading System: A point system for each applicant will be assigned by each member of the Credentialing Committee based on the following competitive criteria:

  1. Academic score: Included in this criterion is a score for the on-going academic presence of the applicant. This can be either via direct involvement or appointment at an academic institution or other activities such as teaching or participation in either clinical or laboratory research (Maximum = 15 points).
  2. Fellowship training: will be scored based on the rank of the institution and the quality of training (Maximum = 5 points).
  3. Peer-reviewed publications: Manuscripts that are 'submitted' should not be listed. Articles 'in-press' are acceptable as long as revisions are not pending. Priority is given to publications in journals with high impact factors. Priority is also given to major articles over case series, and less priority to single case reports. First or senior authorship is valued more highly. Electronic versions of the top 2 articles should be included in the application dossier in PDF format (Maximum = 20 points).
  4. Grant support: Independent research (i.e. RO-1) is highly valued and the source of funding (i.e. NIH) should be specifically highlighted. Other forms of grant support, such as clinical trials, are also valued (Maximum =10 points).
  5. Letters of recommendation: Letters of recommendation from 2 active Macula Society members need to be received by the review deadline. Active Macula Society members may only write one (1) letter of recommendation each year. These letters should highlight achievements of academic value accomplished by the applicant and qualifications of the candidate that would further the mission of the Macula Society (Maximum = 10 points).
  6. Service Word: List of service work to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) or equivalent international, state or municipal Society is also valued and should be specified (Maximum = 10 points).

Each member of the Credentialing Committee assigns a point score for each criterion listed and the total point score is summed for each applicant and a rank list is generated. Subsequently a discussion is held on the potential future contributions to the Macula Society of the ranked applicants and 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.

Click here to apply now


Dr. Karl Csaky, MD
Credentialing Committee Chair

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