Crystal Apple Award

The ASRS Early Career Section (ECS) has selected Caroline R. Baumal, MD, as the winner of the 2020 Crystal Apple Award for excellence in teaching and mentorship.

Dr. Baumal is a professor of ophthalmology and director of the Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) Service at New England Eye Center at Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Her research interests include novel retinal imaging and drug development—a continuation of her fellowship research using the first prototype optical coherence tomogram and working with drug implants and photodynamic therapy. Dr. Baumal’s clinical interests include age-related maculopathy, diabetic retinopathy, complex vitreoretinal surgery, and ROP.

The Crystal Apple is a special recognition presented to an ASRS member who has gone to great lengths to advance the education and professional development of young vitreoretinal specialists.

Dr. Baumal has received multiple awards from societies including the ASRS and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She has been inducted into the Retina Hall of Fame and recently was awarded the Donald J. Gass Beacon of Sight Award from the Florida Ophthalmologic Society. 

Dr. Baumal serves on the editorial boards of Retinal Cases & Brief Reports and Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers and Imaging (OSLI) Retina. She has authored over 100 publications and 28 book chapters on retinal diseases, and recently edited the book, Treatment of Diabetic Retinopathy. Dr. Baumal is actively involved in teaching vitreoretinal fellows and residents and was previously director of education and the residency program at New England Eye Center.

She completed 2 fellowships: one at New England Eye Center, Boston in medical retina and lasers, and another in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. 

Please join us in congratulating Caroline Baumal on her well-deserved award. 

View the 2020 Crystal Apple Lecture Here: 



The Crystal Apple is a special recognition that is presented to an ASRS member who has gone to great lengths to advance the education and professional development of young vitreoretinal specialists. In addition to receiving the award, each year's recipient also presents a distinguished lecture during the Early Career Section's Annual Meeting luncheon.


Past winners include:

2019 - Seenu M. Hariprasad, MD

2018 - Audina M. Berrocal, MD

2017 - James Folk, MD and Lawrence Yannuzzi, MD

2016 – Lee Jampol, MD 

2015 – Hugo Quiroz-Mercado, MD

2014 – Alexander J. Brucker, MD

2013 – Daniel Martin, MD

2012 – Dean Eliott, MD

2011 – Allen C. Ho, MD

2010 – Andrew P. Schachat, MD

2009 – Robert C. Watzke, MD

2008 – Stanley Chang, MD

2007 – Michael T. Trese, MD

2006 – Harry W. Flynn, Jr., MD

2005 – William Mieler, MD

2004 – Julia A. Haller, MD

2003 – Paul Tornambe, MD

2002 – Not given

2001 – George Williams, MD

2000 – Eugene de Juan, Jr, MD

1999 – Kirk Packo, MD

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