Paul L. Kaufman, MD, Ernst H. Bárány Professor of Ocular Pharmacology and Chair Emeritus has received the 2017 Jonas S. Friedenwald Award honoring outstanding research in the basic or clinical sciences as applied to ophthalmology. This senior award is presented annually by the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the world’s premier scientific society for research in the eye and visual system. As the award recipient, Dr. Kaufman will present the Friedenwald Award Lecture at the May 2017 ARVO Annual Meeting.
Jonas S. Friedenwald, MD, was a practicing ophthalmologist and researcher at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore from the 1920s to his death in 1955. In addition to being a stellar clinician, Dr. Friedenwald also performed important research in basic mechanics of vision and the pathophysiology of several major ocular diseases. He also became the role model for the modern ophthalmologist clinician scientist, combining the tools and understanding of ocular diseases into structural and molecular mechanisms to generate major pathophysiological insights and therapeutic targets for blinding diseases. The Friedenwald Award was established in 1957 as a memorial to this distinguished researcher whose contributions encompassed the entire field of ophthalmic investigations.
Dr. Kaufman served as Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences from 2004 to 2014. An Ophthalmology faculty member since 1975, he received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award in 2013 and the Research to Prevent Blindness Stein Innovation Award in 2015.