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Charles B. Slonim, MD, receives The Shaler Richardson, MD, Service to Medicine Award

JACKSONVILLE – The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO), the preeminent professional association for medical and osteopathic doctors who specialize in vision care, is pleased to announce that Charles B. Slonim, MD, received the Shaler Richardson, MD, Service to Medicine Award at its Annual Meeting, Masters in Ophthalmology 2014, held June 20-22 in Orlando, FL.

Charles B. Slonim, MD

Established in honor of Shaler Richardson, MD, this annual award recognizes a Florida ophthalmologist who has made the greatest personal contribution to quality patient care by coordinating, participating, collaborating, and integrating ophthalmology into the great body of the medical profession on a local, state or national level.

Dr. Charles B. Slonim is a board-certified ophthalmologist in an active academic practice in Tampa, Florida. He is Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology and Affiliate Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa and Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Florida.

Dr. Slonim is the immediate past president of the FSO. During his term as president of the FSO, Dr. Slonim was instrumental in the passage of House Bill (HB) 239. He is a fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and a former fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He received Honor Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 1993 and 2011 and the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists in 1998. Dr. Slonim was awarded Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2010 Healthcare Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Slonim has lectured extensively to ophthalmologists, optometrists and other physicians throughout the US and in 34 countries around the world. He has published one book, Eye Was There: A Patient Guide to Coping with the Loss of an Eye, 20 textbook chapters, 36 ophthalmic journal articles and 11 clinical symposia.

Dr. Slonim attended Johns Hopkins University and then received his Medical Degree at New York Medical College. He then completed his internship and two residencies at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, OH.

The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) has a rich history of serving patients since its founding in 1939 as the Florida Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. Today, the organization represents more than 500 physician members throughout the state and is focused on advancing patient care and protecting the medical specialty of ophthalmology. For more information, please visit the FSO website at




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