Message from the PAOF Chair
PAOF Chair, 2021-2024
We look back on many years with satisfaction and success of PAOF & PAAO despite the limitations imposed by a global pandemic. With education as the central mission of the Pan-American, we have kept you updated through webinars, our digital magazine PAJO, and e-learning courses to help our members give the gift of sight to their patients. I would like to thank our e-learning committee, as well as Miguel Burnier and Paulo Dantas, for their leadership during these difficult times. After our resounding success at the PAAO meeting in Cancun, who would have thought that we would not see each other for 4 years! Finally, we were able to meet during our XXXV Pan American Congress of Ophthalmology, March 17 to 20, 2023, in the incredibly beautiful city of Buenos Aires, Argentina! What a meeting! What success! Our congresses are getting better and better!
In addition, Morela Silva Pacheco, MD (Venezuela) won the 2023 Fernando Arévalo Award for Best PAAO-SVO Free Paper. The PAAO entered into an agreement with J. Fernando Arévalo MD PhD, to join with the Venezuelan Society of Ophthalmology (SVO) to create the new PAAO award with the aim of promoting education and scientific advancement in Venezuela.
Marina Roizenblatt, MD PhD (Brazil) won the 2023 J. Fernando Arévalo Young Ophthalmologist Award from the PAAO. Other awards given in Buenos Aires included the Bateman Award for Women Ophthalmologists: Dr. Alice McPherson (posthumously); The Edward Maumenee Medal for Distinguished Service: Dr. Rafael Sánchez Fontán (Mexico); The Graue Award for Transformational Leadership: Dr. Carmen Barraquer (Colombia); The Gradle Medal for Good Teaching: Dr. Francisco Contreras (Peru), received by Dr. Dino Natteri on behalf of Dr. Contreras; The Benjamin F. Boyd Humanitarian Award: UNIFESP, Department of Ophthalmology (Brazil), received by Dr. Ivan Maynart Tavares; The Paul Kayser / RRF Global Award: Dr. Rajeev Muni and the University of Toronto, Department of Ophthalmology (Canada); The Troutman-Véronneau Award: Dra. Marcela Huertas Bello (Colombia)
RVM-O-017 – PARACENTRAL ACUTE MIDDLE MACULOPATHY (PAMM) AS A PRESENTING SIGN ASSOCIATED WITH LIFE-THREATENING AORTIC ARCH ANEURYSM
RVM-O-019 – VASCULAR CHANGES BY OPTICAL COHERENCE ANGIOTOMOGRAPHY IN PREGNANT PATIENTS WITH A DIAGNOSIS OF DIABETES
BENVENUTO, Franco | Pena-Rodriguez, Leonel | Arevalo-Simental, Diana Esperanza
RVM-O-025 – DISORGANIZATION OF INNER RETINAL LAYER AS A MARKER OF POOR VISION IN PATIENTS WITH DIABETIC MACULAR EDEMA
Leon Borbua, Adriano Jesus | Gomez, Bryan Stuart | Varela, Roberto | of the Cid, José Manuel
Congratulations to all!
The PAOF continues to work tirelessly and supports PAAO members, particularly the younger ones, through various grants/awards and opportunities through our travel awards and scholarships. We are in the process of creating more opportunities for you as we speak. We hope PAAO members will generously support the Foundation (https://paao.org/paof/donate/) throughout the year. No donation is small, give what you can. The more donations made, the more support the Foundation can provide to PAAO programs.
Dr. Fernando Arévalo