Awards Committee

Awards Committee


The Awards Committee (AWD) solicits and reviews nominations annually for ARVO awards.


  • Reviews and ranks nominations.
  • Evaluates 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.


AWD consists of one member from each Scientific Section to ensure that there is adequate coverage of all relevant research fields. AWD members are past awardees, past Board members, or members distinguished in their field. Ex officio AWD members do not participate in the evaluation of the nominees or in voting. AWD includes at least one former Cogan Award recipient and at least two former Proctor/Friedenwald Award recipients. The length of service is four years.


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.


Chair Elect

Laura J Frishman, PhD FARVO

Section: Visual Neuroscience
University of Houston
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/07/2020

Retinal Cell Biology Chair

Andrew J Fischer, PhD

Section: Retinal Cell Biology
Ohio State University
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/10/2018

Anatomy/Pathology Member

Malinda EC Fitzgerald, PhD FARVO

Section: Anatomy & Pathology
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/07/2020

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Member

Wolfgang Baehr, PhD FARVO

Section: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Term: 07/01/2014 - 05/03/2018

Clinical/Epidemiologic Research Member

Leslie Hyman, PhD FARVO

Section: Clinical & Epidemiologic Research
Wills Eye Hospital
Term: 07/01/2014 - 05/03/2018

Cornea Member

Juana Gallar, MD PhD FARVO

Section: Cornea
Universidad Miguel Hernandez-CSIC
Term: 05/07/2015 - 05/02/2019

Eye Movements/Strabismus/Amblyopia/Neuro-Ophthalmology Member

Beau B Bruce, MD, PhD

Section: Eye Movements/Strabismus/Amblyopia/Neuro-Ophthalmology
Emory University
Term: 05/07/2015 - 05/02/2019

Glaucoma Member

Maria Moussalli

Section: Glaucoma
Term: 05/07/2015 - 05/02/2019

Immunology/Microbiology Member

Michelle C Callegan, PhD FARVO

Section: Immunology & Microbiology
Univ of Oklahoma Hlth Sci Ctr
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/06/2021

Lens Member

Vasanth Rao, PhD

Section: Lens
Duke University
Term: 05/05/2016 - 05/07/2020

Physiology/Pharmacology Member

Ashim K Mitra, PhD

Section: Retina
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Term: 07/01/2014 - 05/03/2018

Retina Member

Gary W Abrams, MD FARVO

Section: Retina
Wayne State University/Kresge Eye Institute
Term: 07/01/2014 - 05/03/2018

Visual Psychophysics/Physiological Optics Member

David R Williams, PhD FARVO

Section: Visual Psychophysics & Physiological Optics
University of Rochester
Term: 05/11/2017 - 05/06/2021

Trustee Liaison

Sarah E Coupland, MBBS PhD FARVO

Section: Anatomy & Pathology
Univ of Liverpool
Term: 07/01/2013 - 05/03/2018

Ex Officio Executive Director

Iris M. Rush, CAE


Staff Committee Liaison

Kerin Miller