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06 December 2006
Emory Physician Receives Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology
Emory Eye Center ophthalmologist C. Roberto Bernardino, MD, recently received the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The award recognized Dr. Bernardino, an oculoplastics specialist, for contributions to the Academy.

To achieve this award, an ophthalmologist must have made contributions to his or her profession through educating others, as well as serving in leadership roles. The award was presented at the Academy's 2006 Joint Meeting held in Las Vegas, November 11-14.

Dr. Bernardino has been a member of the AAO since 1998. He has presented numerous lectures at AAO meetings since 2002, discussing oculoplastic techniques and patient concerns as they relate to such surgeries and procedures. Dr. Bernardino has been course director or instructor for several AAO instructional courses and has published abstracts through the AAO since 2000.

Dr. Bernardino received his medical degree from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Penn. He completed a residency at Wills Eye Hospital, also in Philadelphia, and a fellowship in oculoplastics at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston. Dr. Bernardino's interests include eyelid, lacrimal and orbital disease. His clinical interests include thryroid-related eye disease, orbital tumors, and the anophthalmic socket. His research interests include the use of hydrogel expanders in congenital and acquired anophthalmic sockets, the use of a magnetic attractor screw to replace the titanium motility peg in enucleation, and the development of an orbital tumor animal model. About the American Academy of Ophthalmology AAO is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons—Eye MDs—with more than 27,000 members worldwide. Eye health care is provided by the three "O's" – opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists. It is the ophthalmologist, or Eye MD, who can treat it all: eye diseases and injuries, and perform eye surgery.

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