The Retina Hall of Fame was established in 2016. The RHOF Board of Directors all have a long history of leadership in the field of retina and a strong desire to honor the significant contributions of their colleagues, past and present.
Each retina specialist in the Retina Hall of Fame is recognized for his or her innovation and dedication to patient care, research, education, and leadership.
In 2017, a Charter class of significant living and posthumous contributors to our field were honored with induction into the RHOF. Since then, each calendar year, a new class of inductees is inducted to join this illustrious group.
The purpose of the Retina Hall of Fame (RHOF) is to recognize innovators and leaders in the field of retina and promote scientific advancements in the diagnosis and treatment of retina disorders through educational programs, research support, and publication of information relating to the treatment of blinding disease.
The RHOF honors many talented and dedicated individuals. These physicians, scientists and related health care workers, over many centuries and countless generations, have devoted their professional lives to innovation, research, and clinical care in the field of retina. They have saved many from blindness and improved countless lives.
The metaphor of dwarfs standing on the shoulders of giants (nanos gigantum humeris insidentes) expresses the meaning of "discovering truth by building on previous discoveries." The concept has been traced to the 12th Century, attributed to Bernard of Chartres. However, its most familiar expression in English is credited to Sir Isaac Newton in 1676: "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”
Hopefully, we are only at the very beginning of a long journey to stamp out all human suffering due to blindness. Those honored through election to the Retina Hall of Fame welcome those who follow to "stand on our shoulders" and we will know we were successful in our quest if future generations bring forth so many new retinal cures that our specialty will look back on us as the "dwarfs."
The Retina Hall of Fame recognizes and honors the lifetime achievements and contributions of individuals in a variety of clinical disciplines within retina, as well as in other areas that highlight innovation, research, and education in our field.
Retina Hall of Fame is organized as a not-for-profit corporation.