Richard & Cecilia “Chita” Abbott
Young Leader Award

The Power of the Pan-American Network

Richard and Chita Abbott have been long-time supporters of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology (PAAO).  In memory of Chita, we are creating a prize that will be awarded to the best project in each future PAAO Leadership Development Program (LDP) class.  This award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated support of their national ophthalmology society and the PAAO, and has participated in leadership activities at the national, subspecialty, or supranational society level.

One of the requirements of the PAAO’s LDP participants is that they must create and implement a project that will benefit their nominating society or their home community.  The goal is to help inspire our younger colleagues in the Americas to create new and innovative ways to achieve improved patient outcomes by thinking “out of the box” with their LDP projects.

Please join in supporting this important program which is impacting ophthalmology and its leadership in the Americas.

2019 Award

Dr. Jaime Soria Viteri (Ecuador) & Dr. Zelia Correa (USA)

Jaime Soria Viteri (Ecuador) representing the Ecuadorian Society of Ophthalmology is the 2019 recipient for his project “OftalmoEconomics”

OftalmoEconomics is a new section of OftalmoUniversity. 

A space has been created in Spanish so that ophthalmologists who wish to start their private practice or grow it can access information on real cases and relevant published data. It is also a place to share successful experiences, tips and recommendations. 

Learn more about the Leadership Development Program

The Pan-American Leadership Development Program is an extremely successful program. Our LDP graduates have gone on to prominent leadership roles in national, sub-specialty and international organizations.

Contact the PAOF

Teresa Bradshaw

PAOF Executive Director

[email protected]
2504 W Park Row Drive, Suite B-5, #129
Pantego, TX 76013


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