Bascom Palmer Physicians Recognized for Excellence by Esteemed Florida Society

Two physicians from Bascom Palmer Eye Institute were honored at the Florida Society of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting, held in Palm Beach this past weekend, with Ninel Z. Gregori, M.D., associate professor of clinical ophthalmology, receiving the Michael R. Redmond, M.D., Outstanding Young Ophthalmologist Leadership Award, and J. William Harbour, M.D., professor of ophthalmology, receiving the Shaler Richardson, M.D., Service to Medicine Award.

Second-year resident Basil K. Williams, M.D., also was recognized for his study on corneal ulcers, winning the Resident Research Symposium for “18 years of microbial keratitis: isolate trends and susceptibilities.”

Gregori, Harbour and Williams accepted their awards June 29 at the society’s Masters in Ophthalmology meeting in Palm Beach. The Florida Society of Ophthalmology is the state’s preeminent professional association for medical and osteopathic doctors who specialize in vision care.

“I am deeply honored to have been selected to receive this award,” said Gregori, who is also Chief of the Ophthalmology Section at the Miami VA Healthcare System. “It is wonderful and humbling to be recognized for the work I do every day.”

The award, established 21 years ago in honor of the late Michael R. Redmond, M.D., a key contributor to the society and its political action committee, recognizes Gregori for her organizational leadership, service and professional ability to significantly contribute to the field and the mission of the society. The award is given to one Florida ophthalmologist under age 40 annually.

Harbour, the Mark J. Daily Chair in Ophthalmology, Vice Chairman for Translational Research at Bascom Palmer, and a member of Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, is known for his clinical, surgical and research expertise in ocular oncology, having developed the first prognostic test for metastasis of ocular melanoma. The Shaler Richardson, M.D., Award is presented to a Florida ophthalmologist who has made the greatest personal contribution to quality patient care by collaborating and integrating ophthalmology into the body of the medical profession on a local, state or national level.

“These awards demonstrate the excellence Bascom Palmer possesses in its faculty,” said Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., professor and Chair of Ophthalmology and Director of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. “From those who are making great strides early in their clinical careers to physicians who have made national headlines for their breakthrough work – both Ninel and Bill exemplify our best.”

Thanks to the close relationship between UHealth and the VA, Gregori says she is honored to lead a team of talented ophthalmologists and optometrists and to provide cutting-edge, ethical care to veterans.

“I take special pride in organizing a clinical setting in which UM faculty, residents, and fellows can grow professionally, both in their clinical and research endeavors,” Gregori said. “I look forward to continuing my mission of providing excellence in clinical care, engaging in meaningful research and training future generations of ophthalmologists and optometrists.”

Harbour, who has authored more than 100 articles and 26 book chapters, said he was honored to receive the award. “We always work to improve patient care, and being recognized by my peers is humbling,” he said.

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