Honors and Distinctions

Schepens faculty have made outstanding contributions to their respective professional fields, campuses, communities and the public at large.

The Institute is proud to salute their hard work and ongoing dedication, and support their professional development.


Argüeso, Pablo, PhD

  • 1998-1999, Distinguished Collaborator University of Valladolid, Valladolid, Spain

  • 2003, Young Investigator Award Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society, 23rd Biennial Cornea Research Conference, Boston, USA

  • 2004, Young Investigator Award The International Society for Eye Research, The XVI International Congress of Eye Research, Sydney, Australia

Bowers, Alex R, PhD

  • 2008, FAAO Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry

  • 2009, The Alice J. Adler Fellowship of the Schepens Eye Research Institute (Harvard Medical School Eleanor and Miles Shore 50th Anniversary Fellowship Program for Scholars in Medicine)

  • 2010, Irvin and Beatrice Borish Outstanding Young Researcher Award, American Academy of Optometry

Chen, DongFeng, MD, PhD

  • 1999, Junior Faculty Award, Charles H. King Foundation

  • 2000, Lilly Center on Aging Fellowship through 50th Anniversary Program for Scholars in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

  • 2006, Sybil B. Harrington Scholar, Research to Prevent Blindness, New York, NY

  • 2008, Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award, the Vision Awards, RP International

Cho, Kin-Sang (Anson), Ph.D.

  • 1992-1994 Swire Scholarship 

  • 1993-1995 Wong Ching Yee Medical Postgraduate Scholarship

  • 1995 Asian Young Scientist Fellowship: IBRO World Congress of Neuroscience, Kyoto, Japan

  • 1997 Travel Award for the 27th Annual Meeting of Society for Neuroscience, New Orleans

  • 1998-1999 Postdoctoral Fellowship, The University of Hong Kong

  • 2005 Best Paper Award, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Harvard Medical School

D'Amore, Patricia A., PhD, MBA

  • 1972, Alvin T. Fuller Fellow, American Cancer Society

  • 1977, Lamport Award, The Microcirculatory Society

  • 1979, Meyers Honor Award for Research in Ophthalmology           

  • 1986-1991, American Heart Association Established Investigatorship

  • 1992-1996, Member, Cell Biology and Physiology Study Section II

  • 1993, Cogan Award, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology,

  • 1994, Alcon Research Institute Award                       

  • 1998-2003,  Jules and Doris Stein Research to Prevent Blindness Professorship

  •  2004- present, Elected Member of The Academy at Harvard Medical School

  •  2005, Excellence Award, The Schepens Eye Research Institute

  •  2006, Senior Scientific Investigator Award, Research to Prevent Blindness

  •  2006, A. Clifford Barger Excellence in Mentoring Award, HMS

  • Gold Fellow, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

  • Member, Biology and Diseases of the Posterior Eye Study Section, NIH, Center for Scientific Review

  • Vice Chair of Basic Research, Dept. Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School 

  • 2010, 5th Annual Jeffrey M. Isner Endowed Memorial Lecture at ther Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University

  • 2012 ASIP Rous-Whipple Award, American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) 

Dana, Reza, MD, MPH, MSc

  • 1981, National Cum Laude Society

  • 1984, Alpha Epsilon Delta International Premedical Honor Society

  • 1984, Phi Beta Kappa (Junior Year), Johns Hopkins University

  • 1981-1985, Dean's List (every semester), Johns Hopkins University (GPA 3.96)

  • 1985, Diplomate of BA with General Honors, Johns Hopkins University

  • 1989, Henry Strong Dennison Award for Research, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

  • 1990, NEI/Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Travel Fellowship

  • 1995, Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship (Ocular Immunology)

  • 1996, Named Fellow of the Society of Heed Fellows (Special RecognitionAward)

  • 1996, Clinical Scientist Career Award (NIH)

  • 1999, Invited Participant, Research to Prevent Blindness National Science Writers Seminar

  • 1999, Research to Prevent Blindness William & Mary Greve Scholar (RPB Special Scholar Award)

  • 2000, Second Decade (alumni honor) Society, Johns Hopkins University

  • 2002, Achievement Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

  • 2002, Kronfeld Memorial Lecturer, Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary

  • 2002, Fry Memorial Lecturer, Wills Eye Hospital Biennial CorneaConference

  • 2003, Cogan Award, Association for Research In Vision and Ophthalmology

  • 2003, Dohlman Lecturer, Biennial Cornea Conference, Harvard Dept. of Ophthalmology

  • 2003, Listed in “Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists”- Consumers’ Research Council of America

  • 2004, Alta Lecturer and visiting professorship, University of California in San Francisco (UCSF)

  • 2004, Keynote Speaker, 28th Japan Cornea Conference, Yonago, Japan

  • 2005, Research to Prevent Blindness Physician Scientist-Merit Award

  • 2006, Service Recognition Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology

  • 2007, American Board of Ophthalmology Certificate of Appreciation

  • 2007- present, Listed, “Best Doctors of America” (selected by peers)

  • 2007- present, Listed, “Best Ophthalmologists” (selected by peers), Boston Magazine

  • 2008,  Alcon Research Institute Award

  • 2009-2010, Research to Prevent Blindness Lew R. Wasserman-Merit Award

  • Research to Prevent Blindness Lew R. Wasserman-Merit Award

  • Bowman Lecturer, Bowman Club, Edinburgh

Dartt, Darlene A., PhD

  • 1978-1979, George G. Marshall Fellowship, Scandinavian-American Foundation

  • 1979-1981, Postdoctoral Fellowship, National Institutes of Health

  • 2001, Lew R. Wasserman Award, Research to Prevent Blindness

  • 2009, Gold Fellow Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology

  • 2009, Best Oral Presentation Third Military Refractive Surgery Meeting

  • 2010 Best Oral Presentation Third Military Refractive Surgery Meeting


Delori, Francois C., PhD

  • 1972-1973, E. B. Dunphy Fellowship (Mass. Lions Eye Research Fund)

  • 1994, Award of Merit in Retina Research from the Retina Research Foundation (Houston, Texas).

  • 2008, Roger H. Johnson Prize for Macular Degeneration Research. University of Washington. Seattle.

Gipson, Ilene, K., PhD

  • 1978-1983 Research Career Development Award, National Eye Institute

  • 1984, Alcon Research Award

  • 1987-1991, Institute Endowed Scholar, Schepens Eye Research Institute

  • 1990-2000, MERIT Award, National Eye Institute, NIH

  • 1997 - present, Ocular Surface Scholar, Schepens Eye Research Institute

  • 2001, Research to Prevent Blindness Senior Scientific Investigator Award

  • 2007, The Friedenwald Award, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

  • 2008, The Endre A. Balazs Prize, International Society for Eye Research

Gregory-Ksander, Meredith, PhD

  • 1999, The Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society, Loyola University Chicago

  • 2001, Keystone Symposia Travel Scholarship “Interfaces between Adaptive and Innate Immunity”

  • 2001, Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Travel Fellowship (American Uveitis Society)

  • 2001, Cora Verhagen Prize (2nd), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

  • 2002, Huang Foundation Trainee Achievement Award, American Association of Immunologists

  • 2002, Harvard Biennial Research Retreat “Best Presentation Award”

  • 2004, The Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) 2004 Travel Award

  • 2004 - 2006, National Institutes of Health Pediatric Loan Repayment Award “Eliminating ocular tumors by Fas ligand membrane vesicles – A novel immunotherapy”          

  • 2005, The American Association of Immunologists Junior Faculty Travel Award, Experimental Biology

  • 2005-2006, Alice J. Adler Fellowship, Harvard Scholars in Medicine Fellowship Program

  • 2006 - 2008, NIH Pediatric Loan Repayment Award (competitive renewal) “Eliminating ocular tumors by Fas ligand membrane vesicles – A novel immunotherapy”

  • 2009, Harvard Department of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting “Best Basic Science Presentation Award

  • 2009 – 2010, Sybil B. Harrington Special Scholar Award, Research to Prevent Blindness

Joyce, Nancy C., PhD

  • 1963, Honors at Entrance—Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT

  • 1967, June Veckarelli Science Award for greatest promise in science and research— Albertus Magnus College, New Haven, CT

  • 1980 - 1984, NIH National Research Service Pre-doctoral Award—Yale University, New Haven, CT

  • 1985 - 1986, Postdoctoral Fellowship, South Central CT Chapter, American Heart Association

  • 1986 - 1987, Postdoctoral Fellowship, Fairfield CT Chapter, American Heart Association

  • 2001, International Guest Lecturer; Chinese Medical Association Annual Meeting, Taipei, Taiwan, ROC; Achievement in Basic Science Research

  • 2001, International Guest Lecturer; LOEX Laboratory, Hopital du Saint- Sacrement du Quebec; Achievement in Basic Science Research

  • 2003, Plenary Lecturer; 9th Annual Meeting of the Kyoto Cornea Club, Kyoto, Japan; Achievement in Basic Science Research

  • 2004, Visiting Professor; Emory University Dept. of Ophthalmology, Atlanta, GA; Achievement in Basic Science Research

  • 2004, Visiting Professor; Dept. of Vision Sciences, Univ. of Alabama, Birmingham, AL; Achievement in Basic Science Research

  • 2009, Fellow; Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology; Outstanding Service to the Eye and Vision Community

  • 2009, International Guest Lecturer; European Association for Vision & Eye Research Annual Meeting, Portoroz, Slovenia; Achievement in Basic Science Research

Jakobs, Tatjana Claudia, MD

  • 1996, 1st von-Basedow Research Prize German Endocrine Society Cloning and Charactrization of the human 5’-deiodinase promoter and upstream regulatory elements

  • 1997-1999, Full Scholarship Japan Society for the Promotion of Science

Jurkunas, Ula V., MD

  • 1995, Phi Beta Kappa, Center College, Danville, KY

  • 1996-2000, James Dennis Riehm, MD Scholarship, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY

  • 1999, Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY

  • 2004, Best Scientific Poster Award, New England Ophthalmological Society, Boston, MA

  • 2007, Best Abstract Award, The 25th Biennial Cornea Research Conference, Boston, MA

  • 2008, Ophthalmology Awardee of the Friends of Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary Award            Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA

  • 2008, ARVO/Alcon Early Career Clinician-Scientist Award, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Bethesda, MD

  • 2008, ISER Travel Fellowship, International Society for Eye Research, San Francisco, CA

  • 2008, The Norman Knight Leadership Development Award, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA

  • 2009, Best Doctors in America, The Best Doctors in America 2009-2010

Kazlauskas, Andrius, PhD

  • 1989, American Cancer Society Post Doctoral Fellowship

  • 1990, NIH Post Doctoral Fellowship

  • 1994 - 1999, American Heart Association Established Investigator

  • 1998, American Heart Association Prize for Meritorious Publication

  • 2001, Research to Prevent Blindness Olga Keith Weiss Scholar

  • 2007, Research to Prevent Blindness Lew R. Wasserman Merit Award

  • 2007, Schepens Eye Research Institute Sinon Scholar in Retinal Research

  • 2009, Cleveland State University Distinguished Alumni Award

  • 2009, Academic Award, Republic of Lithuania


Ksander, Bruce, PhD


      1989, American Association of Immunologists travel fellowship.

    • 1990,  Sylvester Cancer Center Junior Faculty Research Award.

    • 2009, Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Silver Fellow


Lorenzi, Mara, MD

  • 1972, Montecatini Prize for Therapy (Italy) for study of the mechanisms of action and clinical use of antiandrogens (Doctoral Thesis)

  • 1973-1975, Scholarship from the Department of Education, Italian Government, for specialization in Endocrinology

  • 1987-, Endowed position of Institute Scientist, Schepens Eye Research Institute

  • 1992-1995, Mentor-Based Postdoctoral Fellowship Award of the American Diabetes Association 1994, Mary Jane Kugel Award of the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation

  • 1996, Honor Lecture, 16th Congress of the Italian Diabetes Association

  • 2003, First recipient of the Alessandro Beretta-Anguissola Prize of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” for scientific merits in Internal Medicine

  • 2004-2006, Listed in Guide to America’s Top Physicians –Consumer Council of America

  • Inaugural recipient of the Golden Palm Prize, Bordighera, Italy for having honored the name of the hometown in the world

Masland, Richard H.D

  • 1964, Woodrow Wilson Fellow

  • 1971, Junior Investigator of the King Trust

  • 1975, NIH Research Career Development Award

  • 1983, Hoopes Prize, Harvard University (Excellence in Teaching)

  • 1987, National Eye Institute MERIT award

  • 1993, RPB Senior Scientific Investigator Award

  • 1999, Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

  • 2000, Irving M. London Award (Excellence in Teaching)

  • 2002, Brian Boycott Prize (Research on the Retina)

  • 2010, Fellow, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology

  • 2010, Proctor Medal, ARVO

Peli, Eli, OD, MSc

  • 1982, Corning Glass Works Foundation Scholarship, American Optometric Foundation

  • 1983, Daniel Kuperstein Memorial Award for excellence in optics, New England College of Optometry

  • 1983, Harold Kohn Memorial Award for Best Original Investigative Research, American Optometric Foundation

  • 1984, Fellow, American Academy of Optometry

  • 2000, The Stichting blindenpenning Lecture at the ECVP 2000 (the annual meeting of the European Conference on Visual Perception). Groningen, Holand

  •  2001, Keynote lecture at the Eurosight 2000, the European Low Vision conference           

  • 2001, The Glenn A Fry Lecture Award, American Academy of Optometry.

  • 2001, Fellow of the Optical Society of America: For exploring impaired vision with imaginative psychophysics and addressing findings with innovation and excellence in engineering.

  • 2002, Honorary Master in Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

  • 2003, SID Fellow Award (Society for Information Display): For outstanding contributions in the application of vision science to information display technology.

  • 2003, The Video “Hope in Sight” (for which E Peli was the senior consultant and co-investigator) has won the Telly Award.

  • 2003, Distinguished Career Award, New England College of Optometry’s Alumni Association

  • 2004, The Kok van Alphen (keynote) Lecture at the annual meeting of the Dutch Ophthalmologic Society. Amsterdam, Holland

  • 2004, Keynote lecture at the 13th International Annual Conference of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, Boston, MA

  • 2004, Alfred W. Bressler Prize in Vision Science, The Jewish Guild for the Blind (shared with Robert Massof, PhD)

  • 2005, The Eliahu I. And Joyce Jury Award Lecture, Department of Electrical Engineering at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. Haifa, Israel.

  • 2005, Keynote Speaker, Assistive Technology Design Fair 2005, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Francis College of Engineering. Lowell, MA

  • 2005, Keynote Speaker, 1st IEEE Workshop on Computer Vision Applications for the Visually Impaired, San Diego, CA

  • 2005, Dr. William Feinbloom Distinguished Lecture in Low Vision, Envision New York, SUNY-College of Optometry. New York, NY

  • 2006, The H. Talmage Dobbs Lectureship in Ophthalmology, Emory Eye Center, Emory School of Medicine. Near-Peripheral Vision Reorganization in Macular Degeneration. Atlanta, GA

  • 2006, Honorary Doctor of Science degree, State University of New York, New York, NY

  • 2006, The Pisart Vision Award, Light house International, New York, NY

  • 2006, Keynote Speaker, 2nd International Symposium on Visual Computing (ISVC06), Lake Tahoe, Nevada

  • 2007, Fellow of the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE)

  • 2007, Honorary Visiting Professor in the Department of Electronics, The University of York, York, United Kingdom

  • 2008, Keynote speaker Sixth Annual USC Vision Symposium, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

  • 2009, Inaugural keynote speaker for the joint research symposium of the British College of Optometrists annual conference and British Universities Committee for Optometry annual conference, Brighton, UK

  • 2009, Alcon Research Institute Vision Award (shared with Robert Massof, PhD)

  • 2009, Poster by N.C. Ross, A.R. Bowers, E. Peli “Consideration of Optical Scotomas In Designing Visual Field Expansion Devices” was awarded the Envision-Atwell Award for the best low vision presentation at ARVO 2009 by a young investigator (Nicole Ross)

  • 2009, Keynote speaker at the Gjøvik Color Imaging Symposium, Gjøvik University College, Gjøvik, Norway

  • 2009, The William Feinbloom Award, American Academy of Optometry

  • 2010 , The Helmoltz Lecture, Helmhotz Institute, Utrecht Holland

  • 2010, The Otto Schade Prize,  The Society for information Display, (SID)

  • 2010, The 21st Bobier Award Lecture, School of Optometry, University of Waterloo, Waterloo Canada

  • 2010, Keynote speaker, Elite School of Optometry International Vision Science and Optometry Conference 2010, Chennai, India

  • 2010, Keynote  speaker, European Congress on Vision Impairment, Valladolid, Spain

  • 2010, The Edwin H Land Medal, Optical Society of America and the Society for Imaging Science and Technology

Saban, Daniel R., PhD

  • 2010, Eleanor and Miles Shore Fellow, Harvard Medical School 2009 Kirschstein-NRSA Award (F32), National Eye Institute

  • 2009, Travel Grant Awardee, Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies Annual Symposium 2008 Best Fellow Paper Award, The Cornea Society/EBAA Fall Education Symposium

  • 2008, Travel Grant Awardee, National Eye Institute, ARVO Annual Symposium

  • 2008, Travel Grant Awardee, German Ophthalmologic Society (DOG), Symposium on Immunology of Corneal Transplantation

  • 2007, Travel Grant Awardee, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and The Transplantation Society

  • 2007, Howard Lieberman Lecture Awardee, American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgeons 2006 Harvard Program in Ocular Immunology and Inflammation (T32)

  • 2006, Post-doctoral Fellowship Award, Fight for Sight 2004 Mentoring Opportunity Program Award, University of Florida

  • 2004, Excellence in Science, American Association for the Advancement of Science Medicine

Saint-Geniez, Magali, PhD

  • 2010, NIH Director’s New Innovator Award

  • 2010, Harvard Catalyst Award

Stein-Streilein, Joan, PhD

  • 1976, Sigma Xi - Graduate Student Research Forum

  • 1976, National Student Research Forum

  • 1986 Tenured, University of Miami School of Medicine

  • 1987-92, U.S. Public Health Service, National Institutes of Health, Heart Lung and Blood Institute, Career Development Award

  • 1992, Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Honor Society

  • 1992-95, Johnson & Johnson, Giving Award

  • 1996, Society for Leukocyte Biology, Distinguished Service Award 1999, Department of Veterans Affairs, Certificate of Appreciation

  • 2001, Outstanding Alumnus (shared with Wayne Streilein), Gettysburg College

  • 2005, Lifetime Honorary Member, Society for Leukocyte Biology

  • 2006, First Annual Alumni Lecture Program. Visiting Professor, Immunology Graduate Program, Southwestern Medical School, Dallas TX.

  • 2008, Margaret Sinon Scholar in Ocular and Neurological Inflammation, Schepens Eye Research Institute, Boston, MA

  • Speaker, 14th International Congress of Mucosal Immunology (ICMI), Boston, MA (July 5-9, 2009

  • Speaker/participant, “Mucosal Immunity:  Creating a Balance Between Barrier and Function at the Mucosal Frontier.”  Mucosal Immunity Workshop at the Trudeau Institute, Saranac Lake, NY (October 9-11, 2009).

  • Moderator, Molecular Immunology in the Eye. ARVO, Fort Lauderdale, FL (May 1-6, 2010).

  • Session Chair, Immunology of the Retina 2. ISER, Montreal, Canada (July 18-23 2010).

Sullivan, David A., PhD

  • 1974, University of Minnesota Graduate School Scholarship

  • 1974-1977, Dartmouth College Graduate School Scholarships

  • 1997, Inductee, Matignon High School Achievement Hall of Fame, Cambridge, MA

  • 1997, Invited participant, Research to Prevent Blindness National Science Writers Seminar

  • 2007 - present, Margaret S. Sinon Scholar in Ocular Surface Research, Schepens Eye Research Institute

  • 2009, Best Paper of Ocular Surface Disease Session, Middle East and African Congress of Ophthalmology, Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain

  • 2010, Lifetime Achievement Award, from the Governing Board of the Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society (TFOS)

Woods, Russell L., PhD

  • 2002, Harvard Medical School 50th Anniversary Scholars in Medicine, Alice J. Adler Fellowship

Zieske, James D., PhD

  • 1972 - 1976, Rockford College Scholarships

  • 1983 - 1984, Individual National Research Service Award 

  • 2009, ARVO - Gold Fellow