Skip to main content

Sternberg lands top award from Macula Society

Mar. 12, 2020, 8:37 AM

 

by Jessica Pasley

During the recent Macula Society annual meeting, Paul Sternberg Jr., MD, G. W. Hale Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and director of the Vanderbilt Eye Institute, received the organization’s highest honor, the Gass Medal for outstanding contributions in the study of macular diseases.

Paul Sternberg Jr., MD, received the award from Anita Agarwal, MD, at the recent Macula Society annual meeting.

The award was created to honor the legacy of J. Donald M. Gass, MD, one of the world’s most respected experts on the diseases of the retina, macula and uvea.

“It is deeply meaningful to receive this honor,” said Sternberg. “Don Gass was a hero and an inspiration — and he did it all with an almost reality-defying sense of humility. It was a privilege to know and work with Dr. Gass, and an extraordinary tribute to receive the Gass Medal.”

Gass, who died in 2005, was a native of Nashville and a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

He joined Vanderbilt at the end of his career on a part-time basis.

Sternberg said during that time, he saw patients, wrote papers and updated what is known as the premier medical textbook on macular diseases — the “Stereoscopic Atlas of Macular Diseases: Diagnosis and Treatment,” or the Gass Atlas.

Sternberg was presented the award by previous recipient Anita Agarwal, MD, adjoint professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt.

Recent Stories from VUMC News and Communications Publications

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer.  Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Momentum

Betsy Williams has firsthand advice for parents on the fence about whether their adolescent children should be vaccinated for the common human papilloma virus (HPV), which can lead to six types of cancer. Don’t hesitate. Do it.

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

Vanderbilt Medicine

Keeping pace: Nashville, once a mid-size city with a Southern small-town feel, is experiencing explosive growth.

VUMC campus

VUMC campus

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine entrance

more