The Founders Award

Wiley A. Chambers, II, MD, a supervisory medical officer in the Office of New Drugs, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has been awarded the American Society of Retina Specialists 2018 Founders Award.

The Founders Award was first presented in 1997 to honor the efforts of the Society’s founders, Drs. Jerald A. Bovino, Roy A. Levit, and Allen Z. Verne, for their foresight, dedication, and leadership in establishing the Society as an open, democratic, worldwide organization dedicated to the advancement of vitreoretinal surgery and the study of vitreoretinal diseases.

Dr. Chambers is the 22nd ophthalmologist to be recognized by the Society for outstanding career contributions that truly define the word “Founder.”

Dr. Chambers is a clinical professor of ophthalmology and adjunct assistant professor of computer medicine at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. He joined the FDA in 1987 as a primary reviewer for ophthalmic drug products, and in 1990 became a supervisory medical officer for ophthalmologic drug products. In this capacity, Dr. Chambers has supervisory responsibility for the clinical review of ophthalmologic drug products and ophthalmic therapeutic biologic products submitted to the CDER. 

Dr. Chambers is the recipient of numerous US Public Health Service, FDA, and CDER awards for his work with the FDA, and he has served as the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s delegate to past United States Pharmacopeia conventions. 

Founders Lecture Honorees

1997    Steve Charles, MD
1998    Neil E. Kelly, MD and Robert T. Wendel, MD
1999    Eugene de Juan, Jr., MD
2000    Robert Machemer, MD
2001    J. Donald M. Gass, MD
2002    Harvey Lincoff, MD
2003    William S. Tasman, MD
2004    Manfred Spitznas, MD
2005    Stephen J. Ryan, MD
2006    Kirk H. Packo, MD
2007    Philip J. Rosenfeld, MD, PhD
2008    Alexander J. Brucker, MD
2009    Emily Y. Chew, MD
2010    Joan W. Miller, MD
2011    William F. Mieler, MD
2012    David W. Parke, II, MD
2013    Trexler Topping, MD
2014    Paul Sternberg, MD
2015    Richard F. Spaide, MD
2016    Carol L. Shields, MD
2017    John T. Thompson, MD
2018    Wiley A. Chambers II, MD


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