Dimitri Azar, MD, MBA, was the 2013 recipient of the distinguished José I. Barraquer Lecture and Award at the Nov. 18 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Ophthalmology in New Orleans. Dr. Azar gave the Barraquer lecture, “Wound Healing and Biomechanical Changes after Wavefront-guided and Q-based Keratorefractive Surgery: Theoretical and Practical Applications,” and was subsequently presented with the award. Dr. Azar is Dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, Professor of Ophthalmology and B.A. Field Chair in Ophthalmologic Research.
The José I. Barraquer Lecture and Award honors a physician’s significant career contributions in the field of refractive surgery. The selected individual exemplifies the character and scientific dedication of Dr. Barraquer, known as one of the founding fathers of refractive surgery. The individual is selected by the International Society of Refractive Surgery in partnership with the American Association of Ophthalmology.
“Dean Azar has long been at the forefront of refractive surgical innovations and we at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary are delighted to see him honored in this manner,” stated Rohit Varma, MD, MPH, Chair, UIC Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences.