Bascom Palmer’s Dr. Steven J. Gedde Receives Prestigious Award

Steven J. Gedde, M.D., professor of ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of UHealth – the University of Miami Health System, received the 2016 Straatsma Award for Excellence in Resident Education at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in Chicago. The award recognizes and celebrates an outstanding residency program director in ophthalmology.

During Gedde’s 17 years as director of Bascom Palmer’s residency program, the residency has consistently ranked as the nation’s top ophthalmology training program in peer surveys by Ophthalmology Times and Doximity. During Gedde’s tenure, graduating residents have achieved a pass rate of 100 percent in the examinations given by the American Board of Ophthalmology, the organization that certifies ophthalmologists in the United States.

“I believe there is tremendous potential to positively impact patient care through education,” Gedde said at the award ceremony. “Graduating residents and fellows elevate the quality of patient care that is delivered in their local communities. As they in turn educate others, they participate in the incremental dissemination of knowledge. I attribute the success of residency programs to outstanding chairmen and faculty who are deeply committed to teaching the next generation of ophthalmologists.”

Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., the Kathleen & Stanley J. Glaser Chair in Ophthalmology, and director and chairman of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, said, “Having met Dr. Gedde in 1995 when he first came to Bascom Palmer to complete a clinical glaucoma fellowship, I have continually been impressed with his expertise, professionalism, and dedication to the field of ophthalmology and the importance of resident education.

“Dr. Gedde continuously earns unanimous praise from the residents at Bascom Palmer. His effectiveness is evident in the quality of training that the residents receive, and his caring is unquestionable.”

Holder of the John G. Clarkson Chair in Ophthalmology, which supports medical education at Bascom Palmer, Gedde is the Institute’s vice chair of education. He has received numerous awards for his commitment to education, including the Department of Ophthalmology’s “Professor of the Year” in 1998 and 2003, the “First Year Teaching Award” in 2000, “Resident Teaching Award” in 2011, and South Florida’s Excellence in Health Care Educator of the Year.

He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles, abstracts and book chapters on a broad range of topics in glaucoma and medical education. He is editor of the second edition of Curbside Consultation in Glaucoma: 48 Clinical Questions, past president of the Program Directors Council and active member of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology. Gedde received an Achievement Award and Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and is the chief of ophthalmology at the University of Miami Hospital, and associate chief of ophthalmology at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

The Straatsma Award was established through the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, and private funds to recognize and celebrate Bradley R. Straatsma, M.D., former chairman of the department of ophthalmology at UCLA and former director of the Jules Stein Eye Institute.

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