We just finished a month of soccer fever with the Women's FIFA World Cup in Australia and New Zealand that finally saw Spain capture the title for the first time ever. As I saw the cultural exchange and international collaboration evolve in international soccer, I could not avoid to compare this to how the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) plays the same role as FIFA in bringing together all the countries and ophthalmologists in The Americas for our own cultural exchange and international collaboration.
We are very proud to announce the continuation and success of our Pan-American initiative on bringing together PAAO Young Ophthalmologists (PAAO-YO) in all the 26 affiliated national societies. Organizing this vital activity is the PAAO-YO Committee that is co-chaired by Eduardo Viteri Jr MD (Ecuador) and Lina Cernichiaro MD (Mexico). It is a very active group of young ophthalmologists and we have gathered PAAO-YO representation/delegates from all our national affiliated societies.
In this issue of e-vision, I would like to congratulate and recognize a major PAAO philanthropist couple this month. David & Molly Pyott have devoted their life to The David and Molly Pyott Foundation.
The PAAO is more and more the organization that you want to belong to, if you want to NETWORK! However, PAAO is not only CONECTIONS, it is a lot of EDUCATION!
We are very proud to announce that the Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation’s Circle of Vision program has started our 2023 Circle of Vision campaign, and I am very pleased to announce that we have had an overwhelmingly positive response to donate to our Circle of Vision program.
Pan-American Research Day (PARD) was held successfully on Saturday, 22 April 2023, at the Medical Education Building of LSU Health New Orleans. Thank you to all who participated!
We look back on many years with satisfaction and success of PAOF & PAAO despite the limitations imposed by a global pandemic. 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 an effort to stimulate research at the Pan-American level and recognize the efforts of our young investigators, the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO) has been organizing the Pan-American Research Day, in conjunction with the important partnerships with the Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and with Allergan Latin America, for the past 20 years and it has become an exciting tradition.
As the year is only getting started, we look ahead to many Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology's (PAAO) exciting activities with the support of the PAOF. With education as a core mission for the Pan-American, we just came back from our PAAO’s Curso de Liderazgo.
As the year draws to a close, we look back at a year with satisfaction and success at PAAO. The New Year is always a fresh start full of promises, and the holiday season an opportunity to give. The future is great if we stick together as a Pan-American community! We are better, stronger and the goal is to meet again.