PAAO President’s Message

February 2022

Miguel N. Burnier Jr. MD PhD
PAAO President, 2019-2022

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.”

– Malcolm Forbes

I hope you are all doing well. I would like to highlight in my message, the importance of collegiality and working together as a diverse group from different countries. Collegiality, the companionship and cooperation between colleagues who share responsibility, something that we practice every day at the PAAO. I feel fortunate to have a strong executive committee board at the PAAO, as it has been in the past. The executive committee is made up of exceptional ophthalmologists, colleagues and most importantly, friends. The diversity we share among us is one of the components that make us so strong. This is something that I hold dear to my heart. With Dr. Paulo Dantas as the next President of the PAAO and Dr. Carol Karp as President-Elect, I know that the collegiality, diversity and teamwork will certainly continue to flourish and serve our exceptional PAAO community.

As we look to the upcoming meetings, I am eager to tell you all about PARD 2022, which will be held virtually after ARVO, on May 21, 2022.  We have two excellent keynote speakers; Dr. Jose de la Cruz (anterior segment) and Dr. Jose S. Pulido (posterior segment). I always look forward to our annual PARD meetings as this is an excellent opportunity for young ophthalmologists and researchers to come together and share their work in Ophthalmology. I hope to virtually see you all there! I look forward to collaborating and continuing to highlight our diversity and collegiality.

Please be safe.

With affection and admiration,

Miguel N. Burnier Jr., MD, MSc, PhD, FRCSC
PAAO President