Circle of Vision Luncheon 2023: Drs. McPherson and Contreras Honored
The Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation (PAOF) celebrated its 12th anniversary of the Circle of Vision program in San Francisco, Calif., on November 3rd, 2023. The Circle of Vision celebrates donors that contribute more than $1,000 a year to the PAOF in support of the Pan-American’s educational programs.
This year the Circle of Vision luncheon paid tribute to Dr. Alice R. McPherson of Houston, Texas, and Dr. Francisco Contreras, of Lima, Peru. Both were beloved pillars of the Pan-American community for decades and both passed away this year at the age of 96.
Dr. McPherson, through her Retina Research Foundation, was a staunch supporter of education and research with support of the Gillingham Pan-American Fellowship and the Paul Kayser/RRF Global Award.
Dr. Contreras was an educator and worked along with Drs. Bronwyn Bateman and Rafael Cortez to support the education and training of ophthalmologists in developing countries through support of the BCC scholarship fund.
Dr. Alice McPherson and Dr. Francisco Contreras, Brazil 2013
Dr. Paulo Dantas, PAAO President; Dr. Fernando Arevalo, PAOF Chair; Dr. Arthur Willis Jr., President, Retina Research Foundation
With representatives of Retina Research Foundation: Teresa Bradshaw, PAAO Executive Director; Mr. Malcolm Wooley, RRF Board of Directors; Mrs. Virginia Gissel; Dr. Petros Carvounis; Dr. Arthur Willis Jr., President, Retina Research Foundation; Dr. Fernando Arevalo, PAOF Chair
With the family of Dr. Contreras: Dr. Paulo Dantas, PAAO President; Dr. Jose A. Roca; Dr. Cecilia Contreras; Dr. Fernando Arevalo, PAOF Chair; Mrs. Ana Contreras
BCC fund donors with the family of Dr. Contreras: Dr. Jose A. Roca; Dr. Cecilia Contreras; Dr. Bronwyn Bateman; Mrs. Ana Contreras; Dr. Rafael Cortez
We would like to thank all who donated at the Circle of Vision level, and all who attended the luncheon.