ASRS Presidents’ Young Investigator Award

The Foundation of the American Society of Retina Specialists has selected Justis P. Ehlers, MD, FASRS, as the winner of the ninth annual ASRS Presidents’ Young Investigator Award. Dr. Ehlers serves as the Norman C. and Donna L. Harbert Endowed Chair for Ophthalmic Research at the Cole Eye Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. He is also the director of the Tony and Leona Campane Center for Excellence in Image-Guided Surgery and Advanced Imaging Research.    

The ASRS Presidents’ Young Investigator Award is given by the Foundation to honor past presidents of our Society by nurturing the development of next-generation retina leaders. It recognizes an ASRS member age 45 or younger who has made substantial contributions to the field of retina that will potentially improve our patients’ lives. The winner receives a $15,000 honorarium. We are grateful for support of this award through a grant from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Since 2010, Dr. Ehlers’ laboratory at the Cole Eye Institute has focused on translational intraoperative optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology, image-guided surgery, advanced image analysis, and imaging biomarker discovery. He has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed publications, 25 book chapters, and over 225 scientific abstracts. Dr. Ehlers has also been the senior editor for 3 books and has given over 75 invited lectures. His work has resulted in multiple patents.

Dr. Ehlers has been recognized through numerous awards, including the ASRS Presidential Award, the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Senior Achievement Award and Secretariat Award, the Heed Fellowship, The Ophthalmologist’s Power List—Top 40 Under 40, and the Ronald Michels Fellowship. He has served on the ASRS Board of Directors and on the AAO Council since 2019.

At the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Ehlers has been the medical director for continuous improvement, functioned as the Global Leadership and Learning Institute physician liaison for unconscious bias training; he has also served on the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Faculty Council and the Cleveland Clinic Professional Staff Advisory Council. 

Nominate for the Young Investigator Award

Submit award nominations by January 6, 2023

The ASRS Presidents’ Young Investigator Award was established by the Foundation to honor past presidents of the ASRS by nurturing the careers of future retina leaders. It recognizes and encourages young retina specialists who have demonstrated the potential to significantly advance the field of retina through their original research.

The award is given in recognition of an outstanding paper published during the past year, considered in the context of other career accomplishments of the investigator. The winner receives a $15,000 honorarium.

Who is eligible?

Award nominees must be:

  • Age 45 or younger when the paper is published
  • An ASRS member in good standing
  • The first author (or senior author*) on the paper submitted for consideration, which must be original and published in a peer-reviewed journal between January 2022 and December 2022. (*If corresponding author, please include details about the candidate’s contribution to the project in the “statement of nomination”).  

To submit nominations

Individuals may nominate themselves, or others may nominate them.

Nominees must submit:

  • The published paper, including all illustrations and online links
  • Acknowledgement from co-authors confirming the candidate is the primary investigator
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A paragraph (up to 250 words) summarizing the significance of their work.


Past Recipients


2014     Rajendra Apte, MD, PhD

2015     Hendrik PN Scholle, MD, MA

2016     Jayakrishna Ambati, MD

2017     SriniVas R. Sada, MD, 

2018     Rishi P. Singh, MD, FASRS

2019     Sophie J. Bakri, MD, FASRS

2020     Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD, FASRS

2021     Arshad M. Khanani, MD, MA, FASRS

2022      Justis P. Ehlers, MD, FASRS