Many Honored at HEI Alumni/Residents' Day Award Reception

After a day filled with engaging presentations and discussion, the evening of Alumni/Residents' Day commenced a reception in celebration of our graduating residents, Drs. Steven R. Ballard, John D. Hyatt, David F. Jones and Aaron N. Waite. At the ceremony, HEI Residency Program Director Dr. Natalie C. Kerr awarded symbolic diplomas to the graduating residents. "This has been a very special group," said Dr. Kerr. "They all brought amazing talents, unique skill sets, and have all worked so well together. They have made this a better residency program and a better Hamilton Eye Institute."

The graduating residents then presented special awards to three of their faculty mentors who they felt deserved particular honors: Dr. Kathryn L. Reed received the Phillip M. Lewis Award for outstanding contributions to resident instruction in clinical service, Dr. R. Christopher Walton received the Roger Hiatt Award for outstanding contributions to resident instruction in academic development, and Dr. Ivan Marais received a special recognition award for his unflagging dedication to outstanding teaching service. Special awards were also presented by HEI faculty members to fellows Drs. Alan "Chip" Oester and Heather Hancock.