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The Academy Recognizes Contributions to the Field

       he Academy’s 2007 president,           orees and others were recognized during        Award recipients at the 2007 Annual                strated should be recognized by each and
       C. P. Wilkinson, MD, is pleased        the Opening Session and are presented in       Meeting. The collective advocacy efforts           every ophthalmologist in the country.
       to announce the recipients of this     the Final Program.                             made by these Eye M.D.s across the coun-           They deserve our recognition and sincere
year’s Distinguished Service Award and the                                                   try have benefited the entire profession of         thanks, and we feel extremely fortunate to
Special Recognition Award. In addition,       DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD                    ophthalmology and have greatly improved            have them on ophthalmology’s team.
Dr. Wilkinson has extended an invitation      STATE OPHTHALMOLOGY SOCIETY                    the ability of our Secretariat for State Affairs      It is with great appreciation and respect
to three individuals who have made sig-       LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE CHAIRS                   members to collaborate with states on leg-         that we welcome and honor the State Oph-
nificant contributions to ophthalmology        The Academy is pleased to honor State          islative and regulatory efforts. The dedica-       thalmology Society Legislative Committee
and the Academy to be his Guests of Honor     Ophthalmology Society Legislative Com-         tion and ongoing commitment that State             Chairs (see box) as 2007 Distinguished
at this year’s Annual Meeting. These hon-     mittee Chairs as Distinguished Service         Society Legislative Chairs have demon-             Service Award recipients.

                                                                                                                                                SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
         D I S T I N G U I S H E D S E RV I C E AWA R D                                                                                         OPHTHALMOLOGY’S “DREAM TEAM”
  The 2007 Distinguished Service Award goes to State Ophthalmology Society Legislative Committee Chairs, all of whom are listed below.          AT THE RUC
                                                                                                                                                It is with great pride and pleasure that the
  Alabama Academy of Ophthalmology                                Jimmy M. Carter, MD, Charles Barry Dabbs, MD, Roy T. Hager, MD                Academy recognizes those who are involved
  Alaska Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons                   Carl E. Rosen, MD                                                             with the AMA/Specialty RVS Update
  Arizona Ophthalmological Society                                Robert C. Spurny, MD                                                          Committee (RUC), better known as our
  Arkansas Ophthalmological Society                               Stephen K. Magie, MD                                                          RUC Team, as a recipient of the Special
  California Academy of Ophthalmology                             James Bradford Ruben, MD                                                      Recognition Award.
  Colorado Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons                 Robert A. King, MD                                                                Formed in 1992 by the American Med-
  Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians                           Joseph F. Bentivegna, MD, William H. Ehlers, MD                               ical Association and the national medical
  Delaware Academy of Ophthalmology                               Dorothy M. Moore, MD                                                          specialty societies, the RUC functions to
  Florida Society of Ophthalmology                                Alan D. Mendelsohn, MD                                                        develop physician work relative values for
  Georgia Society of Ophthalmology                                John E. Godard, MD                                                            procedure codes that are revised or added
  Hawaii Ophthalmological Society                                 George Plechaty, MD                                                           by the Current Procedural Terminology
  Idaho Society of Ophthalmology                                  Lawrence D. Anderson, MD                                                      (CPT) Editorial Panel. These values are an
  Illinois Association of Ophthalmology                           John Patrick Hanlon, MD                                                       integral part of how payments are derived
  Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology                                Derek T. Sprunger, MD, Andrew W. Tharp, MD                                    by Medicare and other payers. Overall, the
  Iowa Academy of Ophthalmology                                   Christopher F. Blodi, MD                                                      RUC is composed of 26 members; 20 are
  Kansas Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons                   Gary B. Weiner, MD                                                            appointed by major national medical spe-
  Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons                 Syamala H. K. Reddy, MD                                                       cialty societies, including one seat for the
  Louisiana Ophthalmology Association                             Hilliard M. Haik Jr., MD, Daniel A. Long, MD                                  Academy. Additionally, there is an alternate
  Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons                    William E. Atlee, MD                                                          member for each of those 26 RUC mem-
  Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons                 Allan D. Jensen, MD                                                           bers, and every medical group that has a
  Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons            Robert A. Lytle, MD                                                           seat in the AMA federation can also name
  Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons                 Paul Fecko, MD, MBA, John Denis Roarty, MD                                    an advisor to the RUC. It is this team of
  Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology                              Scott A. Uttley, MD                                                           Academy physicians and the staff that
  Mississippi Eye, Ear, Nose & Throat Association                 Eric E. Lindstrom, MD, Curtis D. Whittington Jr., MD                          supports them that we are recognizing.
  Missouri Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons                 John Bryan Holds, MD, James G. Luetkemeyer, MD                                    Major accomplishments of the Acade-
  Montana Academy of Ophthalmology                                Timothy J. McInnis, MD                                                        my’s RUC team over the past few years
  Nebraska Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons                 Peter J. Whitted, MD, JD                                                      include helping defend the work value of
  Nevada Ophthalmological Society                                 Steve M. Friedlander, MD
  New Hampshire Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons            Christie L. Morse, MD
  New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology                             Donald J. Cinotti, MD
  New Mexico Academy of Ophthalmology                             Kristin E. Reidy, DO
  New York State Ophthalmological Society                         Paul N. Orloff, MD
  North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons           Cynthia Hampton, MD
  North Dakota Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons             Thomas I. Strinden, MD
  Ohio Ophthalmological Society                                   Carl A. Minning Jr., MD
  Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology                               Amalia Miranda, MD
  Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology                                 Robert E. Tibolt, MD
  Pennsylvania Academy of Ophthalmology                           David S. Pao, MD
  Puerto Rico Ophthalmological Society                            Gustavo A. Hernandez-Maldonado, MD
  Rhode Island Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons             Michael Edward Migliori, MD
  South Carolina Society of Ophthalmology                         C. Blake Myers, MD
  South Dakota Academy of Ophthalmology                           Geoffrey T. Tufty, MD
  Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology                              James W. Felch, MD, PhD, David O. Ranz, MD
  Texas Ophthalmological Association                              David G. Shulman, MD
  Utah Ophthalmology Society                                      David W. Faber, MD
  Vermont Ophthalmological Society                                Stephen J. Phipps, MD                                                         MEET THE ACADEMY ’S DREAM TEAM.
  Virginia Society of Ophthalmology                               Kenneth M. Karlin, MD                                                         William L. Rich III, MD, Cherie McNett,
  Washington Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons               Aaron P. Weingeist, MD                                                        Trexler M. Topping, MD, Catherine
  Washington DC Metropolitan Ophthalmological Society             Robert A. Copeland Jr., MD, John R. Millwater, MD                             Grealy Cohen, George A. Williams,
  West Virginia Academy of Ophthalmology                          Stephen R. Powell, MD                                                         MD, Gregory P. Kwasny, MD, Michael
  Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology                              Matthew G. Hattenhauer, MD                                                    X. Repka, MD, Stephen A. Kamenetzky,
  Wyoming Ophthalmological Society                                John A. Millin, MD                                                            MD, and Koryn Rubin.

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                                                   the cataract code, which CMS has consis-      Center, where he met
                                                   tently targeted as overvalued under the       Edward Norton,
                                                   Five-Year Review Process, and revising the    MD. He finished
                                                   retina and vitrectomy series of codes with-   his training with a
                                                   out damaging their overall payment. This      fellowship in ocular
                                                   year the Academy’s RUC team scored a          pathology at the
                                                   victory as CMS proposed to accept the         Massachusetts Eye
                                                   RUC recommendation that payments for          and Ear Infirmary
                                                   eye visit codes be improved and in line       and the Armed
                                                   with the increases instituted in 2007 for     Forces Institute
                                                   Evaluation & Management services. As a        of Pathology in          Dr. Curtin.
                                                   result, Medicare payments for ophthal-        preparation to join
                                                   mologists would be increased by $154          Dr. Norton in 1959 and to help establish a
                                                   million annually, and that doesn’t count      full-time department of ophthalmology
                                                   increases that will likely also come in the   at the University of Miami. Within three
                                                   third party insurance arena.                  years, the first building was completed and
                                                       Upcoming projects for the RUC include     the department was named the Bascom
                                                   preparation for the next Five-Year Review,    Palmer Eye Institute. During this period,
                                                   oversight of efforts to implement updated     Dr. Curtin was responsible for developing
                                                   practice expense payments, and ongoing        the residency training program, teaching
                                                   work with the Academy’s Health Policy         medical students, setting up an ocular
                                                   Committee to monitor and review new           pathology laboratory, and establishing the
                                                   technology and procedures for ophthal-        Florida Lions Eye Bank, as well as running
                                                   mology. The RUC team is constantly find-       his own active clinical practice with an
                                                   ing ways to ensure fair and appropriate       emphasis on retinal diseases and surgery.
                                                   payments—from Medicare and others—                As a clinician of 37 years, Dr. Curtin has
                                                   for ophthalmology.                            trained numerous residents and fellows in
                                                       The American Academy of Ophthal-          medical retinal diseases and techniques in
                                                   mology is proud to present the Academy’s      retinal detachment surgery. When med-
                                                   RUC team of dedicated physicians and          ical students took an elective course at the
                                                   staff with the 2007 Special Recognition       Bascom Palmer, Dr. Curtin made sure that
                                                   Award:                                        each one had the opportunity to view the
                                                   William L. Rich III, MD, medical director     fundus via indirect ophthalmoscopy. Over
                                                   of Health Policy for the Academy and chair-   the course of his long tenure, approxi-
                                                   man of the AMA Relative Value Update          mately 800 residents and fellows trained
                                                   Committee                                     at Bascom Palmer and went on to positions
                                                   Gregory P. Kwasny, MD, Academy/Oph-           throughout the United States and many
                                                   thalmology member of the AMA Relative         other countries. Twenty-five are or have
                                                   Value Update Committee                        been chairs of ophthalmology at their
                                                   George A. Williams, MD, Academy/Oph-          institutions.
                                                   thalmology alternate member of the AMA            Dr. Curtin’s ocular pathology service
                                                   Relative Value Update Committee               and the Florida Lions Eye Bank have grown
                                                   Stephen A. Kamenetzky, MD, Academy            hand in hand and are preeminent in their
                                                   advisor to the AMA Relative Value Update      field. In the early 1960s, he began to study
                                                   Committee (and our chief presenter)           and follow his patients with intraocular
                                                   Trexler M. Topping, MD, Immediate past        malignant melanomas for a 15-year peri-
                                                   member of the AMA Relative Value              od. He felt that a more conservative
                                                   Update Committee (and coordinator of          approach than immediate enucleation
                                                   the Academy’s most recent Five-Year           of the eye with small and medium-sized
                                                   Review effort)                                melanomas would not harm the patient.
                                                   Michael X. Repka, MD, Academy advisor         This concept was not well received initial-
                                                   to the AMA Current Procedural Termi-          ly, but in time there was a change in atti-
                                                   nology (CPT) Panel                            tude and in the treatment of this disease
                                                   Catherine Grealy Cohen, Academy vice          in the ophthalmological community.
                                                   president of Governmental Affairs                 Dr. Curtin became emeritus professor
                                                   Cherie McNett, Academy director of            in 1998 but continues to work voluntarily
                                                   Health Policy                                 at Bascom Palmer and faithfully attends
                                                   Koryn Rubin, Academy Health Policy            weekly grand rounds. His great pleasure
                                                   analyst.                                      is to watch the maturation of the residents
                                                                                                 and fellows during their period at the Bas-
                                                   THREE GUESTS OF HONOR                         com Palmer Eye Institute.
                                                   VICTOR T. CURTIN, MD
                                                   The Academy honors Dr. Curtin for his         HARVEY A. LINCOFF, M D
                                                   contributions to ophthalmology as a clin-     The Academy is proud of the accomplish-
                                                   ician, ardent teacher and administrator of    ments of Dr. Lincoff. His dedication to
                                                   many years in the department of ophthal-      patient care, education and research has
                                                   mology of the University of Miami.            made him an outstanding role model in
                                                       Dr. Curtin was born in Lawrence, Mass.    the field of ophthalmology.
                                                   After graduating from Harvard College,           Dr. Lincoff is professor of ophthalmol-
                                                   he received his medical degree from Har-      ogy and Newhouse Clinical Scholar at the
                                                   vard Medical School in 1953. He interned      New York–Presbyterian Hospital Weill
                                                   at the San Francisco County Hospital and      Cornell Medical Center in New York City.
                                                   completed his residency in ophthalmology
                                                   at New York Hospital–Cornell Medical          Notable Honors, continued on page 14

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Notable Honors, continued from page 12            In 1961, Dr. Lincoff joined the faculty     the United States to treat melanoma with      versally taught to
                                              of the New York Hospital–Cornell Medical        radioactive (cobalt) plaques. He devel-       ophthalmologists in
A native of Pittsburgh, he received his       Center, where he developed techniques for       oped a soft silicone sponge to buckle reti-   training and contin-
bachelor’s degree from Harvard College        retinal detachment that have been adopted       nal tears. The sponge that bears his name     ues to retain its
and his medical degree from the University    by ophthalmologists throughout the world.       serves to close retinal breaks and reattach   relevance. He pio-
of Pittsburgh in 1948. He did a residency     Most noteworthy, he pioneered the use of        the retina without draining subretinal        neered the use of
in neurology and ophthalmology at Belle-      cryopexy for retinal detachment to elimi-       fluid, as proposed by Ernst Custodis, MD.      the straight chain
vue Hospital in New York City and subse-      nate scleral abscess, which he related to the   He designed spatula-shaped needles to         perfluorocarbon
quently completed a Heed Fellowship at        scleral necrosis caused by diathermy. He        sew the sponge to the wall of the eye; the    gases for the treat-
the Wilmer Eye Institute with Frank B.        later noted that excessive cryopexy would       needle reduced the incidence of accidental    ment of complicat-
Walsh, MD, and at Harvard with David          damage retinal tissue but could be used to      perforation. His classic paper “Finding the   ed detachments.         Dr. Lincoff.
G. Cogan, MD.                                 destroy retinoblastoma. He was the first in      Retinal Hole,” published in 1971,1 is uni-    Subsequently, he
                                                                                                                                            demonstrated that intraocular gas was not
                                                                                                                                            entirely benign and could be the precur-
                                                                                                                                            sor of preretinal proliferation. In 1988 he
                                                                                                                                            became interested in retinoschisis; he
                                                                                                                                            defined its presence in optic pit macu-
                                                                                                                                            lopathy and currently is proposing
                                                                                                                                            a new method for treating retinal detach-
                                                                                                                                            ment emanating from retinoschisis.
                                                                                                                                               Dr. Lincoff continues to combine his
                                                                                                                                            clinical practice with research. Currently
                                                                                                                                            he is 1) testing a new position of gaze
                                                                                                                                            based on geometric calculations for pneu-
                                                                                                                                            matic displacement of subretinal hemor-
                                                                                                                                            rhage in the macula, 2) studying eyes with
                                                                                                                                            optic pit maculopathy for the source of the
                                                                                                                                            subretinal fluid, and 3) proving the effica-
                                                                                                                                            cy of ambulatory binocular occlusion and
                                                                                                                                            laser for the treatment of retinal detach-
                                                                                                                                            ment emanating from retinoschisis.

                                                                                                                                            1 Lincoff, H. and R. Gieser. Arch Ophthalmol

                                                                                                                                            N E I L R. M I L L E R, M D
                                                                                                                                            The Academy is pleased to recognize Dr.
                                                                                                                                            Miller for his contributions to ophthal-
                                                                                                                                            mology as an outstanding clinical profes-
                                                                                                                                            sor of neuro-ophthalmology.
                                                                                                                                                Dr. Miller was born in Wichita Falls,
                                                                                                                                            Texas. After graduation from Harvard
                                                                                                                                            College, he received his medical degree
                                                                                                                                            in 1971 from Johns Hopkins and interned
                                                                                                                                            in the department of medicine at Johns
                                                                                                                                            Hopkins Hospital. He did his residency
                                                                                                                                            in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye
                                                                                                                                            Institute and was chief resident at Johns
                                                                                                                                            Hopkins Hospital, followed by a fellow-
                                                                                                                                            ship in neuro-oph-
                                                                                                                                            thalmology at Uni-
                                                                                                                                            versity of California
                                                                                                                                            with William F.
                                                                                                                                            Hoyt, MD. Subse-
                                                                                                                                            quently, he was
                                                                                                                                            appointed an assis-
                                                                                                                                            tant professor, asso-
                                                                                                                                            ciate professor, and
                                                                                                                                            then full professor
                                                                                                                                            of ophthalmology
                                                                                                                                             at Johns Hopkins.
                                                                                                                                                Dr. Miller is cur- Dr. Miller.
                                                                                                                                            rently professor of ophthalmology, neu-
                                                                                                                                            rology and neurosurgery at the Johns
                                                                                                                                            Hopkins Medical Institutions, where he is
                                                                                                                                            also the Frank B. Walsh Professor of
                                                                                                                                            Neuro-Ophthalmology and head of the
                                                                                                                                            neuro-ophthalmology and orbital divi-
                                                                                                                                            sion of the Wilmer Eye Institute. Dr.
                                                                                                                                            Miller has been an Academy member
                                                                                                                                            since 1977 and has served on and chaired
                                                                                                                                            several committees, both national and

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