University of California Professor Awarded Prestigious Castroviejo Medal

The Cornea Society has awarded the Castroviejo Medal, the society’s highest honor, to UC-Davis Health System Eye Center Professor and Chair Mark J. Mannis, MD, F.A.C.S.

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The Cornea Society Board of Directors is truly honored to be able to give the 2014 Castroviejo award to Mark Mannis. He is not only one of the contemporary giants in the field of cornea and external disease, but he is one of the nicest people around.

Fairfax, Virginia (PRWEB) July 17, 2014

The Cornea Society has awarded the Castroviejo Medal, the society’s highest honor, to UC-Davis Health System Eye Center Professor and Chair Mark J. Mannis, MD, F.A.C.S. The medal, named in honor of Ramon Castroviejo, the father of modern corneal transplant surgery and the inspiration for the founding of the Cornea Society, is awarded annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the field of cornea and anterior segment surgery.

Dr. Mannis has a long-standing history with the Cornea Society--as a former board member, president and program director for the World Cornea Congress. A former editor of the Cornea Society’s peer-reviewed journal, Cornea: The Journal of Cornea and External Disease, Dr. Mannis continues to be a frequent contributor to the journal. Furthermore, he has authored more than 130 publications and six books on topics relating to corneal surgery and disease. A specialist in corneal transplantation and external diseases of the eye, Dr. Mannis’ research has included development of antimicrobial agents and growth factors that affect the corneal wound healing, skin diseases that affect the eye, visual rehabilitation after corneal transplantation and the artificial cornea.

Dr. Mannis completed his cornea fellowship at the University of Iowa with Dr. Jay H. Krachmer, MD, and his residency at Washington University. He received his M.D. from the University of Florida and attained his B.A. from Brandeis University. Dr. Mannis is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Association of Tissue Banks, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, the American Ophthalmological Society, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, the California Association of Ophthalmology and the California Medical Association.

"The Cornea Society Board of Directors is truly honored to be able to give the 2014 Castroviejo award to Mark Mannis. He is not only one of the contemporary giants in the field of cornea and external disease, but he is one of the nicest people around,” said Cornea Society President Christopher J. Rapuano, MD. "He has been a mentor to an entire generation of cornea specialists, as a fellowship director and now Department Chair, but also in his leadership positions within the Cornea Society. The field of Cornea and External Disease is a better because Mark has been one of our leaders for many years."

About the Cornea Society

Founded in 1975, the Cornea Society is an international society that promotes the exchange of information in cornea and external disease. With more than 700 members worldwide, the society fosters the exchange of information through scientific meetings, communications and the peer-reviewed journal, “Cornea: The Journal of Cornea and External Disease.” For more information, email info(at)corneasociety(dot)org.