American Academy of Optometry Announces 2020 Award Recipients

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ORLANDO—Each year, the American Academy of Optometry recognizes distinguished individuals who have made countless important contributions to advancing the profession of optometry. “In our virtual world it is more important than ever to honor our exceptional colleagues and celebrate their successes,” John G. Flanagan, PhD, FCOptom, FAAO and awards committee chairman, said in the Academy’s recent announcement. “They give us hope and help shine a light on our entire profession.” The Academy is pleased to announce the 2020 award recipients. They are:

Karla Zadnik, OD, PhD, FAAO
Charles F. Prentice Medal and Lecture Award


Donald T. Miller, PhD

Glenn A. Fry Award and Lecture

(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)

Abraham Bromberg, OD, MS, FAAO

AAO-Essilor Award for Outstanding
International Contributions to Optometry


Roanne E. Flom, OD, FAAO

William Feinbloom Award


Greg Pearl, OD

Brien Holden Humanitarian Award

Zhichao Wu, BAppSc(Optom), PhD

Irvin M. and Beatrice Borish Award

Raymond A. Applegate, OD, PhD, FAAO

Carel C. Koch Memorial Medal Award


Sarah Wilting
Julius F. Neumueller Award in Optics
(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)


Gay Tokumaru, OD, FAAO


Vincent Ellerbrock Clinician Educator Award


Jun-Kang Si, MD; Kai Tang, MD; Hong-Sheng Bi, MD; Da-Dong Guo, PhD;

Jun-Guo Guo, MD; Xing-Rong Wang, MD
Garland W. Clay Award

Clifford W. Brooks, Jr., OD, FAAO
Michael G. Harris Family Award for Excellence in Optometric Education (American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)


Brett G. Bence, OD, FAAO

Eminent Service Award


Awards of the Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses & Refractive Technologies

Jeffrey J. Walline, OD, PhD, FAAO
Max Schapero Memorial Lecture Award


Michael G. Harris, OD, JD, FAAO
Founders’ Award

Awards of the Public Health and Environmental Vision Section

Gregory W. Good, OD, PhD, FAAO
Henry B. Peters Award for Public Health and Environmental Vision
(American Academy of Optometry Foundation Award)


The Prentice and Fry Lectures will be broadcast live beginning at 7 p.m. (EST) Thursday, Oct. 8. Due to this year’s virtual meeting, the awards will be physically presented to awardees next year at Academy 2021 Boston.

The Section Awards ceremonies will be broadcast pre-recorded this year during Academy 2020 At Home. More information for these two ceremonies will be forthcoming.