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PAOF Tribute Wall


Tribute Program

Dra. Liana VenturaThe Tribute Program is a nice way to honor and recognize the special individual, institution, family or memory you have consistently admired. It can be to honor a birthday, an anniversary, service recognition, in memoriam, retirement, or special occasions you want to celebrate at any time, at your convenience. Simple as that but great in appreciation and gratitude.

The Tribute Program Recognition starts with a minimum donation of US$500. You define the amount to celebrate your Honoree. You can also donate as many times and to as many honorees you want. It can be a one time donation as well. You choose the conveniences and the PAOF will honor your terms.

Should you decide to make a Tribute donation, the PAOF will immediately send an acknowledgement letter to you the donor. A Tribute Card will be sent to the honoree, his/her legal representative, family or institution upon your permission with no mention of the amount donated. All honorees will be part of the Digital “Wall of Honorees” with picture and biography. Upon donation honoree and donor will have their names and pictures published in our eVision digital newsletter.

If you are considering to join the Tribute Program, kindly do not hesitate to contact us at 817-275-7553 or at milena.razack@paao.org. Milena will walk you through the program and will assist you to define your terms.

Your support to PAAO and PAOF is very much appreciated. The Tribute Program is a unique program for individuals, families, institutions and memories to honor our heroes and recognize their accomplishments.





Tribute Wall



2018 Tributes

William De La Peña


Tribute to William De La Peña

"I have witnessed your impressive contributions to Ophthalmology during the past 25 years. Your dedication to leaving a legacy of education through training others in techniques of Phacoemulsification is a mark that you have made in the world of Ophthalmology. Throughout these 25 years, you have done this with the utmost of ethical values, commitment to education and always with great reserve."

Carlos A. Coscia

Liana Ventura


Tribute to Liana Ventura

"As the current Chair of the Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation, you are leaving a great legacy behind due to your leadership skills, high ethical values, vision and passion for the education, especially for young Ophthalmologists. The PAOF will surely continue to keep your vision alive and to maintain a motivated and committed team as you have been able to build."

Carlos A. Coscia

Zelia Correa, Curso groups 2004 and 2018


Tribute to Zelia Correa

"It was an easy decision for you to be our first international participant in the AAO Leadership Development Program and we both knew it would lead to the first multi-national program, the Pan Am Curso de Liderazgo. Your engaging manner easily convinced the elders that next generation colleagues deserved earlier opportunities and responsibilities -- it was clear to me that you served others more than self.

Helen and Mike Brennan



*photo top left, Curso 2014; photo bottom left, Curso 2018.

Maria Cristina & Paulo Dantas with Rich & Chita Abbott


Tribute to Richard and Chita Abbott

"It was the best year of our lives!
Thank you for changing our lives forever!" 

Paulo, Cristina, Claudia and Carolina Dantas

Mark Mannis with Nelson Marques


Tribute to Mark Mannis MD

"Recently I was reading your own words in a profile to celebrate your Academy EnergyEYES Award at the last AAO. I quote:

'Mentoring - A Major Career Accomplishment'

'Young Ophthalmologists don't put up with any subterfuge. They make you honest, and they make you smart. So, mentoring has really been a way to stimulate my own development as a clinician and a scientist, as well a human being.'

Your own words show why you are so essential to Ophthalmology, to PAAO, to PAOF, to your many fellows in Latin America, and to me as a dear friend, mentor and admirer." 

Mr. Nelson R.A. Marques

Teresa J. Bradshaw


Tribute to Teresa J. Bradshaw

"Your dedication and commitment is extraordinary. Thank you for all of your wonderful work for the PAAO - we are indeed fortunate to have you!" 

Dr. Neeru Gupta, MD

Marcelo and Liana Ventura with Marilyn Miller


Tribute to Marilyn Miller MD

"In honor of your exemplary leadership and contributions improving education and research in international Pediatric Ophthalmology. Leaving a legacy to be followed by the next generations of ophthalmologists."

Drs. Liana & Marcelo Ventura and family


2017 Tributes

Dr. Alvaro Rodriguez


Tribute to Alvaro Rodriguez MD

"Expressing our great respect for his contributions to our lives."

Dr. Eduardo and Mrs. Molly Alfonso


Dr. Rubens Belfort Jr.


Tribute to Rubens Belfort Jr. MD PhD

"In admiration for all that you do for education in Latin America."

Mr. David & Mrs. Molly Pyott


Dr. Jose Berrocal with daughters Maria and Nina


Tribute to José Berrocal MD

"In recognition of his visionary and innovative international leadership in ophthalmology. His dedication to continuing education and pursuit of excellence in clinical care for his patients was exemplar and have made him a role model to us."

Drs. Liana & Marcelo Ventura and family


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