Awards


The APGS Awards recognise outstanding glaucoma subspecialists for their contributions to the development of glaucoma care and services in and beyond the Asia-Pacific region. The Awards are presented at the discretion of the APGS Awards Committee at the Asia-Pacific Glaucoma Congress (APGC).

Types of Awards

APGS Asia-Pacific Award

This prestigious APGS Award recognises distinguished glaucoma subspecialists from the Asia-Pacific region who have made significant lifetime contributions to the development of glaucoma care and services in the Asia-Pacific region.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Nominees must be practicing or retired ophthalmologists with recognised expertise and contributions in the glaucoma subspecialty
  • Nominees’ main affiliated institution must be based in the Asia-Pacific region (as defined by membership of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology)

APGS International Award

This prestigious APGS Award recognises distinguished glaucoma subspecialists from outside the Asia-Pacific region who have made significant lifetime contributions to the development of glaucoma care and services in the Asia-Pacific region.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Nominees must be practicing or retired ophthalmologists with recognised expertise and contributions in the glaucoma subspecialty
  • Nominees’ main affiliated institution must be based outside the Asia-Pacific region (as defined by membership of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology)

APGS Young Investigator Award

This APGS Award recognises young clinician scientists from the Asia-Pacific region who have distinguished contributions to glaucoma research.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Nominees must be practicing ophthalmologists with recognised expertise and contributions in the glaucoma subspecialty
  • Nominees’ main affiliated institution must be based in the Asia-Pacific region (as defined by membership of the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology)
  • Nominees must be under the age of 40

 

2016 Recipients

 

APGS Asia-Pacific Award

This prestigious APGS Award recognises distinguished glaucoma sub-specialists from the Asia-Pacific region who have made significant lifetime contributions to the development of glaucoma care and services in the Asia-Pacific region.

2016 Award recipient: Prof. Ivan Goldberg

Graduated from the University of Sydney, Clinical Associate Professor Ivan Goldberg became a Fellow of both the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO) and the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. Prof Goldberg completed a Glaucoma Fellowship and then became an Instructor in Ophthalmology at the Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, United States prior to returning to Australia. Working closely with Prof FC Hollows, Prof Goldberg was Director of Glaucoma Services at Sydney’s Prince of Wales Hospital. As well as caring for patients, he pursued research activities and educational projects.

Having editorial / reviewer positions with more than 20 professional journals, Prof Goldberg has become a well respected member of the international community of glaucoma sub-specialists; this has been recognised through invitations to join prestigious organisations such as the American Glaucoma Society, the Becker Glaucoma Society and the Glaucoma Research Society of the International Council of Ophthalmology.

Within the Asian region, Prof Goldberg’s experience and knowledge in the field of glaucoma have been recognised through election as the Founding President of the South East Asia Glaucoma Interest Group (SEAGIG) and as an Executive Committee member of the Asian-Oceanic Glaucoma Society. Prof Goldberg chaired the Working Party of SEAGIG that wrote both the first (2003) and second (2008) Editions of the Asia Pacific Glaucoma Guidelines. Closer to home, Prof Goldberg’s contributions to Australian ophthalmology and the RANZCO were recognised in 2001 by election as President of this College. Prof Goldberg is currently Director of Eye Associates in Sydney, is Head of the Glaucoma Unit and Visiting Ophthalmologist at the Sydney Eye Hospital, as well as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. Prof Goldberg travels extensively, both domestically and internationally, collaborating in educational and research activities with fellow glaucoma subspecialists, as well as contributing to professional meetings around the world.

APGS International Award

This prestigious APGS Award recognises distinguished glaucoma subspecialists from outside the Asia-Pacific region who have made significant lifetime contributions to the development of glaucoma care and services in the Asia-Pacific region.

2016 Award recipient: Prof. George L. Spaeth


Paul Healey collecting award on behalf of George L. Spaeth.

Dr. George L. Spaeth is a Giant in the world of Glaucoma, and an Icon of our times. He has extraordinary achievements in clinical expertise, glaucoma research and in training several generations of glaucoma subspecialists, who themselves have gone onto distinguished careers of their own. Over several decades, he has been committed to training and education in the Asia-Pacific region, with students taking up key leadership positions in many major institutions throughout our Region.

Dr. Spaeth graduated in Medicine from Harvard Medical School (Alpha Omega Alpha). He was Director of the William and Anna Goldberg Glaucoma Service and Research Laboratories at the Wills Eye Hospital/Jefferson Medical College from 1968 to 2007, where he is now the Louis J. Esposito Research Professor.

He has published over 400 peer-reviewed articles, many hundred commentaries in various formats, over 100 book chapters, 200 editorials and 20 books, several of which have been translated into other languages, including Chinese. His surgical text, now in its fourth edition, is used in many countries around the world.

He serves on the editorial boards of six journals, and was for many years Editor-in-Chief of Ophthalmic Surgery. Fellows he has trained work in 34 countries on six continents, and include the current or past presidents of the American Glaucoma Society, the European Glaucoma Society, the Chinese Glaucoma Society, the Pan-Arab-African Glaucoma Society, the Brazilian Glaucoma Society, the Chilean Glaucoma Society, and Christian Medical College in Lahore, India; one was Vice President of Medical Affairs in a Japanese Medical School. His fellows are Chairs of Departments of Ophthalmology in the United States and internationally and Directors of many Glaucoma Services around the world.

He has enjoyed a close relationship with the physicians and with the cultures of the Asia-Pacific Region, participating frequently in its medical congresses, and travelling with his late wife, Ann Ward Spaeth, to visit those he has mentored. Dr. Spaeth himself was a founding member and the first President of the American Glaucoma Society. He served as the Chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Awards he received include the Goldmann Gold Medal from the International Glaucoma Group, The Weisenfeld Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, The Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Optime de Glaucomatologia Merenti-For Outstanding Service in the field of Glaucoma from the Polish Ophthalmology Society, The Community Service Award from Chestnut Hill College, and was named to the All-American Soccer Team, Honorable Mention.

Recently, he, his son, Eric, and a former fellow, J. Richman, have developed a test of contrast sensitivity, SPARCS, they hope will prove useful in effectively detecting visual loss in most people around the world.

Dr. Spaeth enjoys lecturing; he has presented 30 named lectureships, which give him the opportunity to present his views on the importance of individualizing patient care and helping people celebrate their lives, which he demonstrates in his busy practice and in his own life.

APGS Young Investigator Award

This APGS Award recognizes young clinician scientists from the Asia-Pacific region who have distinguished contributions to glaucoma research.

2016 Award Recipient: Prof. Jin Wook Jeoung

Dr. Jeoung is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology in the Glaucoma Division at Seoul National University Hospital. He has active medical and surgical practice, encompassing all aspects of glaucoma care.

Dr. Jeoung is one of the most outstanding young researchers in Korea. He has published over 60 papers in glaucoma field so far. He is actively engaged in various fields of glaucoma research. His current research interests include the pathophysiology of glaucoma and the imaging of human optic disc, macular ganglion cells and retinal nerve fiber layer. In addition, he has been intensively involved in the basic research on glaucoma. He is especially interested in intraocular pressure sensor and glaucoma genetics.


Past Recipients


2014 Award Recipients

APGS Asia-Pacific Award

Professor Makoto Araie

APGS International Award

Professor Robert Weinreb

APGS Young Investigator Award

Dr Akiyasu Kanamori

2012 Award Recipients

APGS Asia-Pacific Award

Professor Por-Tying Hung

APGS International Award

Professor Robert Ritch

APGS Young Investigator Award

Dr Christopher Leung