James E. McDonald, MD Annual Alumni Day Lecture

James E. McDonald, MD, is well-known in eye care circles both as a superb ophthalmologist and an outstanding humanitarian. In 1962, he co-founded FOCUS, Inc. (Foreign Ophthalmologic Care From the United States) to provide eye care to the people of Haiti. Since 1976, FOCUS has concentrated on Nigeria, and Dr. McDonald for many years spent four weeks each year in this woefully underserved nation. He has been active in raising funds, securing donations and recruiting ophthalmologists. In recognition of his humanitarian efforts, he was awarded the Stritch Medal of the Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine in 1979, the Presidential Award of the Illinois Association of Ophthalmology (1996) and the 1997 Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award of the American Academy of mology. In 1988 he was conferred with a traditional chieftaincy title of  Obong Uwana Abak (Chief of Light) by the Nigerian paramount ruler.

It is our honor today to acknowledge his contributions to humanity.







Date Name, Title & Affiliation Presentation(s)  

June 10, 2023

James C. Tsai, MD, MBA

President, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

Delafield-Rodgers Professor and System Chair

Department of Ophthalmology

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


June 11, 2022

Terri L. Young, MD, MBA

Chair, University of Wisconsin

Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

"Childhood Glaucoma Genetics: New Paradigms"

June 12, 2021

Tamara R. Fountain, MD

President, American Academy of Ophthalmology

Professor and Oculoplastics Chair Emeritus, Rush University Department of Ophthalmology

"AAO's 2020 Hindsight—Recovering, Rethinking and Rebuilding the Profession" 

June 12, 2020

Nick Mamalis, MD

Univ. of Utah John Moran Eye Center

"Adjustable Intraocular Lenses"

June 14, 2019 

Jeremiah P. Tao, MD, FACS
Chief of Oculofacial Plastic and Orbital Surgery
Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
University of California, Irvine
Gavin Herbert Eye Institute


"An I for an Eye Removal—Innovations in Enucleation"


"When They Go Low—Management of Lower Eyelid Retraction"

June 8, 2018

Nicholas J. Volpe, MD
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
Professor of Ophthalmology
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

"Selecting and Training the Next Generation of Ophthalmologists"

"Optic Nerve Imaging"

June 9, 2017

Edward J. Holland, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology University of Cincinnati
Director of Cornea Services Cincinnati Eye Institute


"Severe Ocular Surface Disease: Diagnosis and Management"

"Herpes Simplex Keratitis: Avoiding Management Errors"

June 10, 2016 Russell N. Van Gelder, MD, PhD
Boyd K. Bucey Memorial Chair
Professor and Department Chair
Department of Ophthalmology
University of Washington School of Medicine

"Molecular Diagnostics for Ocular Infectious Diseases"

"Novel Photoreceptors in the Eye"

June 12, 2015 Joseph F. Rizzo III, MD
David G. Cogan Professor of Ophthalmology
Harvard Medical School
Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology Service
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary

"The Boston Retinal Prosthesis"

"Giant Cell Arteritis"

June 13, 2014 J. William Harbour, MD
Professor and Vice-Chairman
Dr. Mark J. Daily Endowed Chair
Directory of Ocular Oncology
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Miami, FL

"Benign Tumors and Pseudotumors of the Retina and Retinal Pigment Epithelium"

"Uveal Melanoma: Current Status and Future Directions"



June 14, 2013 Jerry A. Shields, MD
Director, Ocular Oncology Service
Wills Eye Institute
Professor of Ophthalmology Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA
“What’s New and Interesting in Ocular Tumors?”

“Serious Eye Cancers Masquerading as Common Benign Conditions.”


June 15, 2012 Wendy Lee, MD, MS
Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
University of Miami Health Systems
Miami, FL
“Expect The Unexpected.” Part 1

"Expect The Unexpected.” Part 2

June 17, 2011 David Glasser, MD
Assistant Professor Ophthalmology
John Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD
“Diagnosis and Management of Ocular Surface Squamous Neoplasia.”

“Changing Trends in Keratoplasty.”

6/18/2010 Gholam A. Peyman, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology
Director of the Vitreoretinal Service
Department of Ophthalmology, University of Arizona School of Medicine
Tucson, AZ
[ View video of Dr. Peyman receiving the Presidential Medal of Honor ]
"A New Phoropter"

"A New Method For Treatment of Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD)"

6/19/2009 John Sheppard, MD
Associate Professor Ophthalmology
Eastern Virginia Medical School
Norfolk, VA

“Ocular Inflammation and Blindness Prevention”
6/13/2008 Andrew G. Lee, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology and Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology Fellowship
Director, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
University of Iowa Health Care

“Ten Visual Field Rules and How to Avoid Missing the One Due to a Brain Tumor”

"Five Neuro-op Diagnoses You Cannot Afford to Miss”

6/16/2007 Arlene Drack, MD
The Eleanor Marmaduke Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Chief of Ophthalmology University of Colorado Children's Hospital
"Update on Ophthalmic Genetics"

" What's new in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus?"

6/17/2006 William F. Mieler, MD
Professor and Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, University of Chicago
"Endophthalmitis Update 2006."
6/11/2005 Scheffer Tseng, MD, PhD
Director of Ocular Surface Center and Research Director of Ocular Surface Foundation. Dr. Tseng serves as Director of Research & Development of TissueTech, Inc., Medical Director and Consultant of Bio-Tissue, Inc., and Director of Research & Development of Bio-Lipid, Inc.
"New Advances in Amniotic Membrane Transplantation."
6/19/2004 Marian S. Macsai, MD
Chief of the Division of Ophthalmology at Evanston Northwestern Healthcare and Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
"New Techniques in Corneal Transplants."  
6/21/2003 Victor Elner, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Michigan’s W.K. Kellogg Eye Center in Ann Arbor, MI
“Management of Upper and Lower Eyelid Retraction.”