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ASCRS Foundation 2021 May Newsletter

The ASCRS Foundation is grateful to the many who contribute to our domestic and international physician education and humanitarian cataract surgery missions. The unprecedented challenges of the past year have highlighted the importance of available cataract care for underserved patient populations. You, our Foundation family, have provided unwavering support; stepping up as volunteers and donors to meet the growing need. We’re excited to share the following announcements and updates with those who’ve helped so much!


The ASCRS Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2021 Young Eye Surgeon International Service GrantThe purpose is to inspire young eye surgeons to become involved with global eyecare on a long-term basis. It affords the opportunity for grantees to participate in health care systems, including teaching institutions and community programs, in developing countries. This year's funding will enable the winners to initiate a global service project in 2021 at home, with the opportunity to travel when safe and feasible by the end of 2022.

Congratulations to our 2021 Awardees:
Alexander Young, MD
Ana Vega Carreiro de Freitas, MD
Ashiyana Nariani, MD, MPH
Ashlie Bernhisel, MD
Karen Hong, MD
Simon Fung, MD

Learn more about our 2021 Grantee Cohort by clicking here! To learn more about the grant and our 2020 cohort, including our video series released this summer, click here.


Since 2018, Aerie Pharmaceuticals has been a committed ASCRS Foundation partner, each year providing a challenge donation match. In just three years, Aerie and ASCRS members have helped restore sight for more than 750 patients. Aerie will generously continue their match in 2021, doubling the impact of donations up to $30,000!

Your Gift Today Will Have Double the Impact!

Donations can be made while registering for the ASCRS Annual Meeting or by clicking here! We need your support to unlock the $30,000 match and change the lives of patients in urgent need of charitable cataract surgery. Donate today!


The ASCRS Foundation makes ten annual awards to enable ophthalmology residents exhibiting exemplary performance to attend the ASCRS Annual Meeting. Please join The ASCRS Foundation in recognizing this year's Resident Excellence Award Winners! Our ten exceptional ophthalmology residents have demonstrated strong performance in the areas of research, leadership, patient care and education.

Congratulations to our 2021 Awardees:
Sila Bal, MD, MPH
Liane Dallalzadeh, MD
Arjan Hura, MD
Tanner Ferguson, MD
Jason Kwok, MD
David Ramirez, MD
Kareem Sioufi, MD
Alexa Thibodeau, MD
Priscilla Vu, MD
Xinxin Zhang, MD

Learn more about the Resident Excellence Award and our past awardees here.


The ASCRS Foundation wishes to thank the following corporations and foundations for their continued generous support. We are grateful for their unwavering philanthropic commitment to our mission and the ophthalmology community. For a complete listing of the donors who make our mission possible, click here.

Premiere Partner
STAAR Surgical

Visionary Partner
Alcon Foundation

Catalyst Partners
Aerie Pharmaceuticals
Avellino Labs

Strength Partners
Carl Zeiss Meditec
Modernizing Medicine
Sight Sciences

Hope Partner
Neurotech Pharamceuticals

Friend Partners
Surface Ophtalmics

Attending the ASCRS Annual Meeting? We encourage you to visit their exhibit booths and sessions.

For more information on our partnership opportunities, please contact Molly Gascoigne, Director of Development at


The ASCRS Foundation proudly celebrated its many volunteers during the recent National Volunteer Week, including our Operation Sight “EYEcons" who together have delivered almost 6,000 charitable cataract surgeries!

Interested in Giving Back? Operation Sight Needs Your Help!

Operation Sight, serves eligible uninsured or underinsured Americans who cannot otherwise afford or access cataract care. With our waiting list growing, Operation Sight has an pressing need for volunteers in following states:

  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

Accepting just one patient a year, particularly in an area with a limited volunteer network, will create a ripple effect of good in your local community. Contact Jaya Minhas, Program Manager at for more information or to refer a peer today!

We hope that you see your contributions reflected in these Foundation updates. You are the change-makers and we are grateful for the impact that you make possible every day. We look forward to the 2021 ASCRS Annual Meeting and to an increasingly busy summer!


The ASCRS Foundation



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