PAAO President’s Message

September 2023

Paulo E.C. Dantas, MD PhD
PAAO President, 2022-2025

Dear friends and colleagues,

Ophthalmology is a field that demands unwavering dedication, constant learning, and a passion for improving the lives of those we serve. It’s a profession that touches the very essence of human existence, as vision is one of our most precious gifts. In this context, being part of an association that nurtures excellence and innovation is not merely a choice; it’s an imperative.

So, why should you consider becoming a member in good standing of PAAO?

First, Knowledge and Growth: Membership in PAAO grants you access to a treasure trove of knowledge. In a rapidly evolving field like ophthalmology, staying current is non-negotiable. PAAO provides you with exclusive access to the latest research, cutting-edge techniques, and emerging trends. It’s a springboard for your professional growth, enabling you to offer the best care to your patients.

Second, Networking and Collaboration: As ophthalmologists, we do not work in isolation. PAAO connects you to a global community of experts and peers. Imagine the potential for collaboration, the exchange of ideas, and the mentorship opportunities that await you at PAAO conferences and events. Your network here can extend far beyond borders, enriching your perspective and expertise.

Third, Advocacy and Impact: Ophthalmology is not just a profession; it’s a calling. PAAO empowers you to be a voice for our profession and our patients. It advocates for our interests and enables us to influence policies and regulations related to eye care in the Pan-American region. Your membership here translates into meaningful impact on a broader scale.

Fourth, Lifelong Learning: The learning journey doesn’t end with a degree or a certification. PAAO provides access to continuous education, with journals, webinars, workshops, and courses tailored to your needs. This commitment to lifelong learning ensures that you’re always at the forefront of your specialty.

Fifth, Community and Support: We all need a support system, especially in the demanding field of ophthalmology. PAAO offers a nurturing community where you can share experiences, seek advice, and find mentorship. It’s a place where you’ll discover like-minded professionals who share your passion for excellence.

Last, Leadership and Recognition: PAAO offers leadership opportunities that can shape not just your career but also the future of ophthalmology. Active participation in committees and events can lead to recognition and the chance to make a significant difference in our field.

Becoming a member in good standing of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology is not just a choice; it’s a commitment to excellence. It’s a pledge to contribute to the advancement of our field, to learn continuously, and to serve our patients with the highest level of care.

Don’t miss this opportunity to unlock excellence in your ophthalmology journey.

Join us in our mission to make a difference in the world of eye care. Together, we can shine a brighter light on the path to vision, health, and hope.


Paulo E.C. Dantas, MD PhD
PAAO President, 2022-2025
Editor-in-Chief, The Pan-American Journal of Ophthalmology (