In Memoriam

Michael R. Redmond, MD
March 19, 1943 – June 20, 2011

Michael R. Redmond, MD Professionalism and Ethics Education Center and Endowment Fund

The Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology is pleased to recognize and honor Dr. Michael R. Redmond’s clinical excellence in pediatric ophthalmology, commitment to patients and highest ethical standards, and service to the Academy and profession by establishing the Michael R. Redmond, MD Professionalism and Ethics Education Center and an endowment fund to support it.

Redmond Center
The rate of growth and change in medical knowledge, therapies, treatments and the healthcare environment has exploded since the Academy’s Ethics Program was first established in 1984. With this change, new professional and ethical issues and considerations in the practice of ophthalmology have developed equally fast, requiring the program to evolve and expand its educational role and offerings.

Today, in addition to its historical role in educating practicing U. S. ophthalmologists, the program also provides education for residents, program directors and international ophthalmologists. Future plans include educational initiatives for practice administrators and allied health professionals. As a result, the need for a more well-defined and identifiable resource to coordinate and implement these varying efforts has become necessary.

The establishment of the Michael R. Redmond, MD Professionalism and Ethics Education Center is intended to address this growing need and to ensure that the Academy’s efforts in promoting professionalism and ethics remain vibrant, dynamic, comprehensive and relevant in an increasingly changing and global ophthalmic community.

Recognizing a Champion of Professionalism – Michael R. Redmond, MD
In addition to serving as a member and vice chair of the Ethics Committee, Dr. Redmond served on the Academy's Board of Trustees from 1993 to 1999, first as chairman and vice chairman of the Council and then as trustee-at-large. He was elected by the Academy's more than 25,000 members to serve as the organization's president in 2003. Other Academy positions Dr. Redmond has held are representative to the American Medical Association's House of Delegates, chairman of EyeCare America's Children's EyeCare Program and chairman of the Long-Range Planning Committee. In addition, he chaired the Subspecialty Society Relations Task Force, then serving on the Board of Trustees of his own Subspecialty Society, The American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus. In May 2011, Dr. Redmond received the Academy’s Outstanding Advocate Award.

Contributions to the Redmond Center Endowment Fund in memory of Dr. Redmond may be made online here or mailed to the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, P.O. Box 7309, San Francisco, CA, 94120-9833. For more information please contact Brad A. Wong, Executive Director of the Academy Foundation, at 415.447.0386 or

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