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American Academy of Optometry Foundation Announces the 2018 William C. Ezell Fellowship Recipients

ORLANDO, FL (July 5, 2018) - The American Academy of Optometry Foundation announces the thirteen recipients of the 2018 William C. Ezell Fellowships. The Ezell Fellowship program is named after the founding President of the AAOF, William C. Ezell, OD. It was established to provide talented post-doctoral students who are pursuing an advanced degree in optometric research and education recognition and support. To date, over 400 William C. Ezell Fellowships have been awarded since the inception of the program in 1949.


Funding for these Fellowships is provided by leading optometric companies, private endowments, and other generous business organizations that represent most sectors of the industry.


The AAOF congratulates the following recipients who have been selected as the 2018 - 2019 Ezell Fellows:


AAO Section on Cornea, Contact Lenses and Refractive Technologies Ezell Fellow

Maria Walker, OD, MS, FAAO

University of Houston College of Optometry


American Academy of Optometry Foundation Earl L. Smith, III Ezell Fellow

Gareth D. Hastings, BOptom

University of Houston College of Optometry


American Academy of Optometry Ezell Fellow

Priyamvada M. Pitale, MS

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry


Baycross Christian Family Foundation Binocular Vision and Pediatrics Ezell Fellow

Suraj Upadhyaya, OD, FAAO

University of Houston College of Optometry


Danne Ventura – Essilor Ezell Fellow

Katherine M. Bickle, OD, MS, FAAO

The Ohio State University College of Optometry


Irvin M. Borish - Essilor Ezell Fellow

Daisy Shu, BOptom

University of New South Wales School of Optometry and Vision Science


John N. Schoen Ezell Fellow

Jasmine S. Junge, OD, FAAO

University of California Berkeley School of Optometry


Merton C. Flom Leadership Ezell Fellow

Phillip Thomas Yuhas, OD, MS, FAAO

The Ohio State University College of Optometry


Mike Daley- Essilor Ezell Fellow

Ann Morrison, OD, MS, FAAO

The Ohio State University College of Optometry


Michael G. Harris Ezell Fellow

Elise N. Harb, OD, MSc, FAAO

University of California Berkeley School of Optometry


Optometric Glaucoma Society Ezell Fellow

Laura Pardon, OD, MS, FAAO

University of Houston College of Optometry


Rod Tahran – Essilor Ezell Fellow

Jessica V. Jasien

University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry


Vision Impact Institute Ezell Fellow

Kaitlyn Anne Sapoznik, OD

Indiana University School of Optometry


This year’s Ezell Fellows will be honored at the AAOF’s Annual Celebration Luncheon on November 10, 2018 during the American Academy of Optometry’s annual meeting in San Antonio, TX.

The American Academy of Optometry Foundation (AAOF) is a 501 (c)(3) philanthropic organization which develops and provides financial support for optometric research and education in vision and eye health to improve clinical patient care. The AAOF is also an affiliate of the American Academy of Optometry.


For more information visit: www.aaopt.org/aaof

Jennifer Rubin Foundation Program Manager

American Academy of Optometry Foundation

321-319-4870

JenniferR@aaoptom.org