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FSO Annual Award Winners Announced at Annual Business Meeting

FSO Honored Members at Business Meeting Award Ceremony
Awardees were recognized for leadership, community service and innovation in the field of ophthalmology

­­JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – (September 16, 2020) – On Tuesday, September 15, the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) presented awards at its annual Business Meeting, which was held virtually.

Clifford L. Salinger, MD Receives the Shaler Richardson, MD, Service to Medicine Award

Clifford L. Salinger, MD, received the Shaler Richardson, MD, Service to Medicine Award, which was established in honor of Shaler Richardson, MD, and 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.

After earning his undergraduate degree at Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Salinger earned his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He then received fellowship training in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at the Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center in San Francisco.

Dr. Salinger is a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Medical Examiners. He currently holds active staff status at local hospitals and at out-patient surgical centers. His affiliations and memberships are numerous and include the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Cornea Society, and the International Society of Refractive Surgery.

In addition to his work throughout the state, Dr. Salinger has been an active member of the international teaching faculty for ORBIS International/SightLife since 1996. This nonprofit organization travels around the world, training local medical teams to treat preventable blindness in their communities. To continue to evolution of the field, Dr. Salinger has participated in several research projects. These include work with the Excimer Laser used for LASIK Refractive Surgery as an FDA clinical investigator in the correction of nearsightedness and the treatment of corneal scars and opacities.

Dr. Salinger continues to provide optimal support to the FSO through his work on the Board of Directors as the Annual Meeting Program Chair.

Laura B. Sims, MD Receives James W. Clower, Jr., MD, Community Service Award

Laura B. Sims, MD, received the James W. Clower, Jr., MD, Community Service Award, which was established in honor of James W. Clower, Jr., MD, and recognizes a Florida-based ophthalmologist who has made the greatest contribution of time and service to his or her community.

Dr. Sims currently treats patients at the Kendall Eye Institute and has been practicing ophthalmology in the state of Florida since 1995. She received her medical degree from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan, having graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wayne State University. She completed a two-year NIH Visual Sciences Research Fellowship, in Retina, and her ophthalmology residency at the Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit.

In addition to her busy career, Dr. Sims devotes much of her time to enriching her local community. Throughout the year, she helps organize and volunteers at free vision screening events. She is a charter member of the Miami Medical Lions Club at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and serves as an At-Large member on the FSO Board of Directors. Dr. Sims has also served as the FSO Public Relations Chair and is currently the Vice President of the For Eye Care Foundation, Inc., the charitable-arm of the FSO. Dr. Sims serves on the Interview Panel of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at the Florida International University, helping to select the incoming class of medical students each year. Dr. Sims’ professional affiliations include American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, and The Hispanic American College of Physicians and Surgeons, where she served on the Editorial Board.   

Guillermo Amescua, MD Receives John R. Brayton, Jr., MD Leadership Award

Guillermo Amescua, MD, received the John R. Brayton, Jr., MD Leadership Award, which was established in honor of John R. Brayton, MD, and recognizes a Florida-based ophthalmologist who exemplifies leadership and dedication to the profession.

Dr. Amescua is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, Cornea/Ocular Surface/Uveitis Service at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He is also Medical Director at the Ocular Surface Service.

A dual citizen, Dr. Amescua earned his medical degree from the School of Medicine Ignacio A. Santos, Tech of Monterrey Institute in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. In 2010, he completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Amescue also went on to complete two fellowships at the University of Miami-Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, one in cornea and refractive surgery and another in ocular surface/uveitis.  

To advance the profession, Dr. Amescua has acted as visiting professor for several Ocular Surface Workshop lectures in India, Peru, Mexico, and the United States. Co-founding “ConVision 2020,” he has performed hundreds of charity cataract surgeries in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico and restored vision to those who would have otherwise remained afflicted. This combination of scientific and philanthropic pioneering is what made him a natural candidate for this particular FSO honor.

Courtney Bovee, MD Receives Michael R. Redmond, MD, Outstanding Young Ophthalmologist Award

Courtney Bovee, MD, received the Michael R. Redmond, MD, Outstanding Young Ophthalmologist Award, which was established in honor of the late Michael R. Redmond, MD, and recognizes a Florida-based ophthalmologist younger than 40 years old, who has demonstrated organizational leadership, service, competence and devotion to the high ethical and professional standards of the FSO.

Dr. Bovee is a glaucoma specialist most recently at the Mid Florida Eye Center, in Mount Dora. She has been an active member on the FSO Board serving in several positions including as Vice President of Outreach, Delegate to the Florida Medical Association and will serve as the Secretary/Treasurer for the 2020-2021 term. In addition, she has also served as the Chair of the glaucoma subspecialty section and resident research section for the FSOs annual meeting committee.  

She earned her medical degree from the University of South Florida and completed residency training at UCLA Harbor in Los Angeles and Eastern Virginia Medical School – Ophthalmology in Norfolk, Va.  She completed glaucoma fellowship training at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, a division of the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology, where she was named the 2015-2016 Ruthanne and Richard Simmons Glaucoma Fellow by the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology.

During residency, Bovee was awarded the Kenneth Tuck Resident Advocate Award for her commitment to advocacy. She also has been the recipient of the Pfizer/AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award from the American Medical Association Foundation.

Michael W. Stewart, MD, Receives President’s Recognition Award

Michael W. Stewart, MD, received the President’s Recognition Award, which is given annually at the discretion of the President. Dr. Stewart is recognized for his support and dedication to ophthalmology, medicine and the patients of Florida.

Dr. Stewart currently resides as Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic of Jacksonville and is a professor at the clinic’s College of Medicine. He joined the Mayo organization in 1999, after 10 years of private practice.

Following an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Harvard, Dr. Stewart received his medical degree from the McGill University School of Medicine. He then completed an internal medicine residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital (University of Miami), followed by an ophthalmology residence at Emory University.

Since the time of his medical training, Dr. Stewart has made a multitude of contributions to the field. He currently serves as Executive Editor for the American Journal of Ophthalmology and is a peer reviewer for the International Journal of Medical Sciences. Through various research ventures, he explores such niches as infectious retinopathies and the pharmacokinetics of ophthalmic medications – information he shares via mentorships and visiting professorships.

Dr. Stewart’s contributions to the FSO include a serving as President in 2004.

David B. Cano, MD, Receives President’s Recognition Award

David B. Cano, MD, received the President’s Recognition Award, which is given annually at the discretion of the President. Dr. Cano is recognized for his continued dedication ophthalmology and the patients of Florida. 

Dr. Cano is a Board-Certified Ophthalmic Surgeon and a Managing Partner of Cano & Manning Eye Center, PLLC. Dr. Cano completed his Cornea, External Disease, Refractive and Anterior Segment Surgery Fellowship at the University of Melbourne’s Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, Australia in 1995. Dr. Cano graduated from Case Western Reserve University Medical School in Cleveland, Ohio and went on the complete his Ophthalmology Residency program at Case Western Reserve University, partnering with University Hospitals of Cleveland, MetroHealth Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Cleveland Ohio. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Florida, Gainesville graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry (with High Honors).

Dr. Cano is a long-time member of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) and has been a Board member since 1998. He served as Vice President (2001-2002), President-Elect (2006), and President (2007). In 2000, Dr. Cano received the Young Ophthalmologist Leadership Award, which recognizes organizational leadership, service and professional ability in a young (under 40 years of age) Florida Ophthalmologist. Also, in 2012, he received The James W. Clower, Jr. MD, Community Service Award, which recognizes greatest personal contribution of time and service to the local community.

Dr. Cano is also the Chair of the For Eye Care Foundation, Inc. (FECF), the FSOs charitable-arm. He has devoted thousands of hours to volunteer work for the FECF, at the Caridad Center in Boynton Beach, as well as with many other organizations in Palm Beach. Through the FECF, Dr. Cano has also been dedicated to raising awareness about Amblyopia and early detection in children. Each year, the FECF participates in health fairs and community events around the state and offers free vision screenings. Over the years, he has screened and helped save the vision of hundreds of children.

Dr. Cano also serves on the Board for the Lighthouse for the Blind of the Palm Beaches, which has been a great partner with the FECF over the years.

Gretchen Miller Receives President’s Recognition Award

Gretchen Miller received the President’s Recognition Award, which is given annually at the discretion of the President. This award was presented in recognition and appreciation of unwavering support and commitment provided to Dr. Miller During His Tenure as FSO President.

After pursuing undergraduate degrees in Biology and English at Johns Hopkins University in 2000, Miller attended graduate school at Georgetown University, earning an Masters of Science in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. She then obtained her Juris Doctor degree from American University, Washington College of Law.

Miller focuses her practice primarily on intellectual property litigation and patent prosecution. She has successfully litigated patent disputes and Hatch-Waxman trials in a number of federal courts, including the Eastern District of Texas, the District of Delaware, and the District of New Jersey. She has handled inter partes reviews before the US Patent and Trademark Office, actions arising under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 before the US International Trade Commission and appeals before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Gretchen’s patent cases have involved technologies ranging from pharmaceuticals to microprocessor units. She has also prosecuted patent applications in a variety of matters involving photovoltaic and solar technology, semiconductors, medical devices, and biotechnology.





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