Dr. Richard K. Parrish Receives Leadership Award from Florida Society of Ophthalmology

Richard K. Parrish II, M.D., professor of ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, has received the John R. Brayton, Jr., M.D., Leadership Award from the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO), the state’s preeminent professional association for physicians who specialize in vision care.

The annual award, presented at the FSO’s Annual Meeting in Orlando, was established in honor of Dr. Brayton and recognizes a Florida-based ophthalmologist who exemplifies leadership and dedication to the profession.

Parrish, the son of an ophthalmologist, joined the faculty of the University of Miami School of Medicine as assistant professor in 1982, was promoted to professor in 1994, and served as residency program director from 1995 through 1999. From 1996 to 1999 he was chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology. He currently serves as Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education for the Miller School of Medicine, Chairman of the Graduate Medical Education Committee, and ACGME Designated Institutional Official for Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Parrish has a principal interest in glaucoma surgical care and was project chairman of the National Eye Institute Fluorouracil Filtering Surgery Trial. He is a vice-chairman of the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study (OHTS) and Principal Investigator of the OHTS Optic Disc Reading Center.

After earning his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine, he completed his internship at the University of Alabama and his residency in ophthalmology at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, where he also served as chief resident. He completed a clinical fellowship in glaucoma and a research fellowship in glaucoma at Bascom Palmer.

Since 1996, Parrish has been involved with the American Ophthalmological Society and was a member of FSO’s Board of Directors from 1996 to 1999. He also currently serves on the editorial board of the American Journal of Ophthalmology and as the executive editor of the Glaucoma Section American Journal of Ophthalmology.

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