MOA Awards and Recipients

Melvin Waxman Award
Presented to an optometrist in recognition of his/her dedicated and loyal service to the profession and to the Maryland Optometric Association

Optometrist of the Year Award
This award recognizes a deserving individual doctor of optometry for performance of outstanding services on behalf of the profession and to the visual welfare of the public.

V. Eugene McCrary Award
Presented to someone outside of the profession in recognition of significant contributions to the enhancement of eye care for the citizens of Maryland

Young O.D. of the Year Award
Presented to a member optometrist who has been in practice for less than 10 years and who has shown remarkable skills when serving his/her profession, patients, and community.

Optometrist of the Year Award

MOA Awards and Recipients Optometrist of Year Award This award recognizes a deserving individual doctor of optometry for performance of outstanding services on behalf of the profession and to the visual welfare of the public.

  • 1967 Art Dorman, O.D.*
  • 1974 Lester Caplan, O.D.*
  • 1975 Ivan Tellis, O.D.
  • 1976 Jim Poland, O.D.
  • 1978 Morty Davis, O.D.
  • 1979 Robert Schwartz, O.D.
  • 1980 Eugene McCrary, O.D.*
  • 1982 Israel Dvoring, O.D.*
  • 1984 Egon Werthamer, O.D.
  • 1985 Harold Glaizer, O.D.
  • 1986 William Seabold, O.D.
  • 1987 Forrest Miles, O.D.
  • 1988 Richard Piel, O.D.
  • 1989 None Given
  • 1990 William Eisner, Ph.D.
  • 1991 None Given
  • 1992 Richard Edlow, O.D.
  • 1993 Christine Kispert King, O.D.
  • 1994 Paul Brant, O.D.
  • 1995 Elliott Klonsky, O.D.
  • 1996 Eric Cohen, O.D.
  • 1997 Calvin Osterman, O.D.
  • 1998 Brian Manspeaker, O.D.
  • 1999 Edward Wasloski, O.D.
  • 2000 Beverly Miller, O.D.*
  • 2001 Diane Serex-Dougan, O.D.
  • 2002 Timothy Madgar, O.D.
  • 2003 Howard Levin, O.D.
  • 2004 Elizabeth McGinn, O.D./Thomas Wong, O.D.
  • 2005 Rob Stutman, O.D.
  • 2006 James Colgain, O.D.
  • 2007 Lori Sportelli, O.D.
  • 2008 David Reed, O.D., FAAO
  • 2009 None Given
  • 2010 Elliott Myrowitz, O.D.
  • 2011 Tracie King, O.D.
  • 2013 John L. Burns, O.D.
  • 2014 Nina Doyle, O.D., FAAO
  • 2015 Andrew Morgenstern, O.D.
  • 2016 Kevin Johnson, O.D.
  • 2017 Alan Glazier, O.D.
  • 2018 Bryan M. Rogoff, O.D.
  • 2019 Joshua S. Gordon, O.D.
  • 2020 Jennifer J. Kungle, O.D., F.C.O.V.D.
  • 2021 Dean Gogerdchi, O.D.
  • Others -- Dantzic, Lebowitz, Bernie Saltizak
  • * AOA OD of Year

MOA Awards and Recipients
V. Eugene McCrary Award
Presented to someone outside of the profession in recognition of significant contributions to the enhancement of eye care for the citizens of Maryland

V. Eugene McCrary Award

  • 1991 Del. Kathleen Reilly
  • 1992 Roberta Curtis (Board of Examiners, Exec. Sec.)
  • 1993 Ira C. Cooke, Esq. (Lobbyist)
  • 1994 Thomas C. Shaner, CAE (Executive Director)
  • 1995 Del. Jeanette Bonsack & Del. Casper Taylor
  • 1996 Sen. Perry Sfikas (for legislative commitment to vision care)
  • 1997 Martin Wasserman, M.D. (Sec. of Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene)
  • 1998 Kristin Jones, Esq. (Legislative staff to Association)
  • 1999 Cynthia Ambrose (legislative assistant to MOA lobbyist)
  • 2001 Ivan Garcia, M.D.
  • 2002 WBAL-TV (for vision care coverage)
  • 2003 Pat Bennett (Board of Examiners)
  • 2004 Donna Mazyck, RN (MD. Department of Education)
  • 2005 Del. Shane Pendergrass (for legislative commitment to vision care)
  • 2006 Rifkin, Livingston, Levitan & Silver, LLC
  • 2007 Kathy Curtain, (Executive Director of Society of Sight)
  • 2008 Delegate Peter Hammen
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011 Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (anniversary of Medicare parity)
  • 2012 Margaret Hayes, MS
  • 2013 Sen. Katherine Klausmeier & Del. A. Wade Kach
  • 2014 Christal Parker Batey, BA, MPA
  • 2015 Delegate Joseline Pena-Melyñk
  • 2016 Senator Nicholaus R. Kipke
  • 2017 Delegate Karen Lewis Young
  • 2018 Catherine Carter
  • 2019 Senator Paul Pinsky
  • 2020 Venable LLP
  • 2021 Not Given

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