Awards Committee



The Awards Committee (AWD) solicits and reviews nominations annually for ARVO awards. AWD consists of one member from each Scientific Section to ensure there is adequate coverage of all relevant research fields. Committee members are past awardees, past Board members, or members distinguished in their field and include at least one former Cogan Award recipient and at least two former Proctor/Friedenwald Award recipients.


  • Review and rank nominations.
  • Evaluate the awards program to ensure that new trends in the field are addressed.
  • Chair reports to the Board of Trustees on the Committee's recommendations of top candidates for the awards at one of the two board meetings held during the ARVO Annual Meeting.


The committee as a whole meets during the ARVO Annual Meeting and conducts business via ARVOConnect and e-mail and if needed by conference call during the year.

How to Apply - application period closed Jan. 12

To be considered, please submit an online application consisting of an application statement, plus detail of past ARVO service and/or experience. It is recommended that individuals:

    • Invest time in their application
    • Make sure their member information is updated and accurate in ARVOConnect

(Ex officio AWD members do not participate in the evaluation of the nominees or in voting). The ARVO President-elect will make appointments in February/March for the term beginning in May 2024 (additional details will be announced at a later date). Length of committee service is four years.


Chair and BI Representative

Anneke I. Den Hollander, PhD

Section: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center
Nijmegen , Netherlands
Term: 05/05/2022 - 05/09/2024

LE Representative

Kevin Schey, PhD

Section: Lens
Vanderbilt University
Nashville , Tenn.
Term: 05/07/2020 - 05/09/2024

AP Representative

Jacob Pe'er, MD, FARVO

Section: Anatomy and Pathology/Oncology
Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center
Jerusalem , Israel
Term: 05/07/2020 - 05/09/2024

IM Representative

Mary Marquart, PhD, FARVO

Section: Immunology and Microbiology
University of Mississippi Medical Center
Jackson , Miss.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/08/2025

VI Representative

Susana Marcos, PhD, FARVO

Section: Visual Psychophysics and Physiological Optics
Institute of Optics (CSIC)/Instituto de Optica, CSIC
Madrid , Spain
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/08/2025

VN Representative

Jonathan Demb, PhD

Section: Visual Neuroscience
Yale University
New Haven , Conn.
Term: 05/07/2021 - 05/08/2025

CO Representative

Dimitrios Karamichos, MSc, PhD

Section: Cornea
Ophthalmology, OUHSC UNTHSC
Dallas , Tx.
Term: 05/05/2022 - 05/05/2025

RC Representative

Sarah Zhang, MD

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
SUNY/ University at Buffalo
Buffalo , N.Y.
Term: 05/05/2022 - 05/05/2025

RE Representative

De-Ann Pillers, MD, PhD

Section: Retina
University of Illinois
Chicago , Ill.
Term: 05/05/2022 - 05/05/2025

PH Representative

Haiyan Gong, MD, PhD

Section: Physiology and Pharmacology
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston , Mass.
Term: 05/05/2022 - 05/05/2025

CL Representative

Van Lansingh, MD, PhD, FARVO

Section: Clinical and Epidemiologic Research
Santiago de Queretaro , Mexico
Term: 05/05/2022 - 05/05/2025

GL Representative

David F. Garway-Heath, MD, FARVO

Section: Glaucoma
University College London
London , U.K.
Term: 04/27/2023 - 05/06/2027

EY Representative

Vallabh Das, PhD

Section: Eye Movements/Strabismus/Amblyopia/Neuro-Ophthalmology
University of Houston, College of Optometry
Houston , Tex.
Term: 04/27/2023 - 05/06/2027

Trustee Liaison

Patricia D'Amore, MBA, PhD, FARVO

Retinal Cell Biology
Schepens Eye Research Institute - Massachessetts Eye and Ear
Boston , Mass.
Term: 05/02/2019 - 05/09/2024

Ex Officio

Patricia D'Amore, PhD, MBA, FARVO

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
Schepens Eye Research Institute -Massachusetts Eye and Ear
Boston , Mass.
Term: 04/27/2023 - 05/09/2024

Ex Officio

Iris M. Rush, CAE

Executive Director

Staff Committee Liaison

Kerin Miller

Director, Program Administration