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Waring to receive ARVO's Weisenfeld award

Waring's pioneering work in refractive surgery

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

Rockville, MD - The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) announced today that George O. Waring III, MD, FACS, FRCOphth, has been selected to receive the Association's 2008 Weisenfeld Award, which is presented annually for excellence in ophthalmology. The award will be presented during ARVO'S Annual Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL in April 2008.

Waring was chosen as the recipient of the Weisenfeld Award for his leadership in the field of refractive surgery and for applying stringent scientific principles in his pioneering work.

Waring is clinical professor of ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine -- after 25 years as a tenured professor, where he and his colleagues trained some 75 Corneal Fellows. He is a founding surgeon at InView Vision Center in Atlanta, GA. He received his medical degree from Baylor Medical College in Houston, TX, and his ophthalmology residency and corneal fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Waring is the recipient of numerous other professional awards including three American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Awards (including its Life Achievement Honor Award in 2004), the Castroviejo Medal from the Corneal Society, and four awards from the International Society of Refractive Surgery, including the Lifetime Achievement Award. He has delivered 35 Named Lectures.

Dr. Waring is the Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Refractive Surgery and has served on 15 other editorial boards. In addition to over 250 peer-reviewed papers, he has co-authored two 1,000+ page textbooks (including the classic Refractive Keratotomy for Myopia and Astigmatism) and published more than 250 other articles. He has received 13 National Eye Institute grants (six as Principle Investigator, most notably the 15-year Prospective Evaluation of Radial Keratotomy -- PERK -- Study.), 40 other research grants, and has participated in 10 FDA clinical trials. He has taught ophthalmology at over 600 meetings in more than 60 countries on six continents.

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Established in 1928, ARVO is a membership organization of more than 11,500 eye and vision researchers from over 70 countries. The Association encourages and assists its members and others in research, training, publication, and dissemination of knowledge in vision and ophthalmology. ARVO's headquarters are located in Rockville, Md. For more information about ARVO, logon to the Association's Web site, www.arvo.org.

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