DOVS Faculty Honored with AAO Secretariat Awards

Three DOVS faculty have been granted the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) Secretariat Award: Cat Burkat, MD, FACS, professor and oculoplastics specialist, Justin Gottlieb, MD, professor and retina specialist, and Daniel Knoch, MD, associate professor and director of medical student education. The Secretariat Award recognizes special contributions to the Academy and to ophthalmology.

Dr. Burkat has been recognized for four years of service as the lead editor for the oculoplastics section of EyeWiki. During Dr. Burkat’s tenure, she oversaw the most regularly updated and meticulously maintained section in EyeWiki, and in 2018 Dr. Burkat contributed edits to more than 90 articles, three times greater than any other editor. Concurrently, Dr. Burkat has been an active member of Basic Clinical and Science Course Section 7, Oculofacial Plastic and Orbital Surgery, which underwent a major revision for 2019.

Dr. Gottlieb has been acknowledged for his leadership, contributions and dedication to the Practicing Ophthalmologist Curriculum (POC). Dr. Gottlieb served on the POC panel, reviewing and contributing content to the retina/vitreous practice emphasis area from 2009 -present. The award also recognizes his service as an instructor for the MOC Exam Review course in 2013, 2104, 2016, and 2017.

Dr. Knoch has been recognized for his efforts to lead a team of physician medical student educators in the development and maintenance of interactive online cases on the Academy’s medical student website. Dr. Knoch’s advice on new features and content formats added value and helped increase usage across the board.

Congratulations, Drs. Burkat, Gottlieb and Knoch!