A. Raymond Pilkerton Lectureship
It's fitting that one of the annual highlights of the Washington Retina Symposium is the A. Raymond Pilkerton Retinal Lectureship, acknowledged as the first dedicated retina lectureship in the Washington area. Dr. Pilkerton (retired in March 2011) is regarded as one of the local visionaries in the field, and is credited with both starting the first retina program at Georgetown and then co-founding The Retina Group of Washington back in 1982. The initial funding of the WRS Lectureship was provided through a private grant from a family of a grateful patient of Dr. Pilkerton's, and for the past 28 years, the lecture has been presented by prominent academicians, researchers and retina specialists from around the country.
L. Edward Perraut Lectureship
A formidable career of more than 30 years in the retina care field earned the late L. Edward Perraut a myriad of honors and accolades in recognition of his surgical skills, his extraordinary ophthalmic knowledge and his rapport with colleagues, students and patients alike. His early years of practicing in the Washington, D.C. area saw him become a valued member of the teaching staff at the Washington Hospital Center (WHC), where he helped develop and manage that facility’s weekly retina clinic and established its retina fellowship program. He served as the director of the center’s retina service until his retirement in 1991 at which time the Washington National Eye Center at WHC—and The Retina Group of Washington—established a lectureship in his honor. Dr. Perraut was a Fellow of both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons who joined with his D.C. area colleagues to train close to 20 retina specialists who are now practicing in various parts of the country.
William S. Gilbert Lectureship
The Retina Group of Washington co-founder William S. Gilbert has been appropriately recognized for his many years of service in the D.C. area’s pediatric ophthalmology community. One honor of which he is most proud is the retina lectureship created in his honor as part of the annual Washington Retina Symposium, which each year brings to the Nation’s Capital the finest retina physicians in the United States and from around the world. Dr. Gilbert, a co-founder of The Retina Group of Washington, was the first local ophthalmologist to focus his practice on Pediatric Retinal Disease. He has educated and trained a very large number of residents, fellows and colleagues over the years, participated in countless cutting-edge clinical trials and inspired some of this city’s most highly respected ophthalmologists to pursue pediatrics as a subspecialty.
Manfred A. Von Fricken Lectureship
Throughout his esteemed professional career, Manfred von Fricken was known for his gentle interpersonal demeanor and widely respected for his surgical acumen and innovation. As a surgical pioneer, he was instrumental in the transition from extra ocular scleral buckling surgery to intra ocular vitrectomy surgery for the primary repair of retinal detachments. His outstanding surgical results were documented in national publications. Because of his long and cherished professional relationships with his anterior segment colleagues in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area, it is only fitting that each year, as an integral part of the Washington Retina Symposium, the Manfred von Fricken lectureship honors a distinguished and nationally recognized anterior segment surgeon.