Budenz Named Humanitarian of Year by American Glaucoma Society

After receiving recognition from American Academy of Ophthalmology in late 2014, Chair of Ophthalmology Donald Budenz, MD, MPH, receives Humanitarian of the Year award from another prestigious professional organization.

Budenz Named Humanitarian of Year by American Glaucoma Society click to enlarge Donald L. Budenz, MD, MPH, UNC Eye Kittner Family Distinguished Professor and Chair of the UNC Department of Ophthalmology
Budenz Named Humanitarian of Year by American Glaucoma Society click to enlarge Budenz exams a patient in Ghana, West Africa.

The award is intended to "recognize a colleague’s humanitarian efforts for the preservation of vision and to improve the quality of life for those in need."  It was presented in a ceremony at the AGS' 25th Annual Meeting, held February 26 - March 1, 2015 in Coronado, California, just outside of San Diego.

Budenz is an editorial reviewer for numerous medical journals, serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Glaucoma and is the Editor of the glaucoma issue of Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. He has been the principal investigator in a number of clinical trials, including the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study.

Concurrent with his research, Budenz has been published widely in the field of glaucoma. He has authored a textbook, "Atlas of Visual Fields," contributed chapters to several other books, and written or co-authored more than 175 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Dr. Budenz has been a guest lecturer at numerous universities, hospitals and medical societies worldwide.  

Since 1995, he has been providing eye care, teaching, research, administrative, and financial support to several eye clinics in Ghana through his affiliation with Christian Eye Ministry, which he took over in 2009.

A list of Dr. Budenz's other achievements:

  • „More than 300 scientific publications, abstracts, book chapters
  • „PI OHTS BPEI Clinical Center (1997-2009), Co-PI ODRC (1994-2009), PI Ahmed Baerveldt Comparison (2006-Present), TVT and PTVT (Co-invest)
  • AGS Service – BOD (2009 – Present), Nominating Committee Chair (2009-10), Bylaws Chair (2011 – Present)
  • Awards:
    • AAO (2011 Senior Achievement Award, 2011 Secretariat Award, 2014 Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award)
    • AGS – 2008 Mid-Career Physician-Scientist Award (Tema Eye Survey, Ghana, West Africa)
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