“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.”
– Isaac Newton
This April, at the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) annual meeting, in Nashville, the Children’s Eye Foundation successfully unveiled our brand new Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Hall of Fame!
The Hall of Fame (HoF) was created to celebrate and honor those outstanding individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to the welfare of children’s sight, and to patients with strabismus. These pioneers inspire us to carry on the traditions of dedication, advocacy and promotion of medical and surgical care for children and adults worldwide.
This HoF has both an elegant traveling exhibit, as well as an online, more expanded exhibit that gives visitors a glimpse into the lives of the trailblazers who have dedicated their lives to the welfare of children’s sight and adults with strabismus. It provides viewers an opportunity to learn about those who believed in continuing the journey of excellence through the education and mentoring of the next generation, and about the significant scientific discoveries that have opened doors to better vision care. Through this exhibit, we wanted to bring our pioneers and their legacy of success to the attention of the young and old, present and future, AAPOS members, for historical reasons, as well to inspire and propel us into the future.
The HOF Committee that had strong representation from both AAPOS and CEF decided to start relatively small (with Dr Frank D. Costenbader and the Parks Medalists as the first inductees as they have all been vetted as worthy of high recognition), and then move out in concentric circles to include deserving candidates from the different continents.
We invite you to visit the expanded virtual, electronic version of the Hall of Fame to appreciate the relatively young but magnificent history of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and hope you will enjoy the physical traveling board exhibit when attending future meetings.