VIRTUAL: EyeBall 2020
Join the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology for our first 'virtual' Eyeball. Join us from your home, your office, or from wherever you might be.
Join us to get an update from the current MAO leadership, meet the new MAO leadership, honor this year's Budd Appleton Awardee, Martha Wright, and swap stories with your MAO colleagues.
The 2020 Eyeball will be held via a Zoom teleconference. The teleconference information will be provided to members in the registration confirmation email.
Budd Appleton Service to Ophthalmology Awardee Announced
Every year the MAO recognizes one of its members for outstanding contributions to either Humanitarianism or Ophthalmology in Minnesota as a whole.
The Budd Appleton Award is a special recognition award given to the member who has performed the greatest service to the field of ophthalmology through patient care, public education, and political advocacy, and this year's recipient is no exception.
We are thrilled to announce the 2020 Budd Appleton Award Recipient:
Martha M Wright, MD
Dr. Wright began a full-time glaucoma position at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center in April, 2020. Immediately prior to that she was the Haven Professor of Glaucoma and the Glaucoma Service Director at the University of Minnesota for 29 years. She completed her undergraduate and medical degree, as well as her ophthalmology residency training, at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After a year on the faculty of the Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan, with time spent as a volunteer ophthalmologist in India and Nepal, she completed a two-year clinical and research fellowship in Glaucoma at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami.
As a researcher, Dr. Wright has studied the effectiveness of the surgical treatment of glaucoma in children and adults. She has been a National Eye Institute Reviewer for Clinical Applications and has served on the Data and Safety Monitoring Committee of a number of multicenter surgical trials in glaucoma.
Dr. Wright was the director of the medical student rotation in Ophthalmology at Minnesota for five years. She was the Ophthalmology Residency Director at the University of Minnesota for 21 years. In 2011, Dr. Wright received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award and has been on the list of “Best Doctors in America” since 1996 and “Minneapolis-St Paul Magazine Top Doctors” since 2012.
Dr. Wright was named to the Board of Directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO) in 2020. She is active in the Maintenance of Certification program. As an ABO volunteer, she received the Goldfeller Volunteer Service award in 2018 for having served as an Oral Examiner at 20 or more examinations. Dr. Wright also participates in ABO exam development as an item writer and reviewer. She is a member of the American Glaucoma Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Women in Ophthalmology, and the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology.