TributesThe Power of the Pan-American Network
Jorge Valdez, MD
Chair of the PAOF
The Tribute Program is a nice way to honor and recognize the special individual, institution, family or memory you have consistently admired. It can be to honor a birthday, an anniversary, service recognition, in memoriam, retirement, or special occasions you want to celebrate at any time, at your convenience. Simple as that but great in appreciation and gratitude.
All honorees will be part of the Digital “Wall of Honorees” with picture and biography. Upon donation honoree and donor will have their names and pictures published in our eVision digital newsletter.
If you are considering joining the Tribute Program, kindly do not hesitate to contact us at 817-275-7553 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will walk you through the program and will assist you to define your terms.
Your support to PAAO and PAOF is very much appreciated. The Tribute Program is a unique program for individuals, families, institutions and memories to honor our heroes and recognize their accomplishments.
Pan-American Ophthalmological Foundation
Tribute Wall of Honorees
My professor, mentor, and friend. Dr. Pereira had a tremendous influence in ophthalmology in Venezuela and Latin-America. His influence in my career was determinant. Thank you for believing in me! You were always right my friend…J. Fernando Arevalo, MD PhD FACS
My professor, mentor, and friend. Dr. Fuenmayor had a tremendous influence in my career and that of many others in Venezuela and Latin-America. We wrote many papers together in my early career, and marked my love for angiography of the retina and choroid."J. Fernando Arevalo, MD PhD FACS
To my father, my first professor of ophthalmology, my friend, and my constant inspiration through all the steps of my life. In this 30th Anniversary of his early departure, you are always in our hearts."J. Fernando Arevalo, MD PhD FACS
In honor of my mother and father, Cecilia and Richard Abbott; as well as the profession of Ophthalmology. My parents have dedicated their lives to this incredible and honorable work and we have all received so much in return. Thank you to all of our friends at the PAAO for supporting our family, and especially, Dad, during this very difficult time.Alison Abbott Chassin
Professor Miguel Burnier Jr. has been my professor, mentor, role model, and friend even before I entered medical school. He was fundamental during my postgraduate studies since he was the reason why I chose ocular oncology as my area of academic research. More than 50 colleagues from Brazil and other parts of the world are as lucky as I am for having Professor Burnier as their PhD advisor and as their friend; hundreds more have learned from him at his laboratory. It is truly a pleasure for me to donate to the Foundation of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology in honor of Professor Burnier.,Rubens N. Belfort III
"If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself." --Henry Ford Nelson, Thank you for being a mentor and friend for the past 30 years. You continually inspire others to achieve greatness.
“It was an easy decision for you to be our first international participant in the AAO Leadership Development Program and we both knew it would lead to the first multi-national program, the Pan Am Curso de Liderazgo. Your engaging manner easily convinced the elders that next generation colleagues deserved earlier opportunities and responsibilities — it was clear to me that you served others more than self.”Helen and Mike Brennan
“Recently I was reading your own words in a profile to celebrate your Academy EnergyEYES Award at the last AAO. I quote:
‘Mentoring – A Major Career Accomplishment’
‘Young Ophthalmologists don’t put up with any subterfuge. They make you honest, and they make you smart. So, mentoring has really been a way to stimulate my own development as a clinician and a scientist, as well a human being.’ Your own words show why you are so essential to Ophthalmology, to PAAO, to PAOF, to your many fellows in Latin America, and to me as a dear friend, mentor and admirer.”
“Your dedication and commitment are extraordinary. Thank you for all of your wonderful work for the PAAO – we are indeed fortunate to have you!”Dr. Neeru Gupta
Mr. David & Mrs. Molly Pyott
Drs. Liana & Marcelo Ventura and family