The Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology (APAO) awarded Marilyn T. Miller, MD, MS, Professor of Ophthalmology at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, the Jose Rizal International Medal at the 2013 Annual Meeting.
The medal recognizes outstanding service from individuals outside the Asia-Pacific region whose contributions to ophthalmology in the region have been outstanding. Formed in 1960, the APAO now has 19 member organizations from different countries and territories including Australia and New Zealand, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.
Dr. Miller has been recognized for her international service in ophthalmology, including the International Blindness Prevention Award and the Humanitarian Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO); the Howe Medal of the American Ophthalmological Society (AOS); the Park Silver Medal from the Children’s Eye Foundation of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS); and the Dr. G. Venkataswamy Endowment Oration Award.
Dr. Miller’s current focus is in training and education in the field of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus internationally. She continues to serve as a key organizer for many international conferences and congresses in pediatric ophthalmology and as an invited lecturer at international medical schools and hospitals. Earlier in her career, Dr. Miller received the Bock Award for her contributions in the field of neurodevelopment. Her research interest in congenital anomalies and teratogens led her to Sweden, where years later she received an honorary degree from the University of Goteborg for her clinical research in thalidomide embryopathy.
“Dr. Miller’s international service in ophthalmology is truly admirable,” said Department Chair Rohit Varma, MD, MPH.
Dr. Miller obtained her medical degree and clinical training in ophthalmology at the University of Illinois College of Medicine-Chicago and has been on the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary faculty since 1965.