2018 Laureate Recognition Award Recipient | Dr. Steve Charles

Every year, ophthalmologists distinguish themselves and the profession by making exceptional scientific contributions toward preventing blindness and restoring sight worldwide. The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Board of Trustees recognize these extraordinary contributions with its Laureate Award, the Academy’s single highest honor. 

The 2018 recipient is CRI’s Dr. Steve Charles.  

From aao.org:

Designing Retina’s Past, Present, and Future

Dr. Charles’ influence:
Steven T. Charles, MD, is an icon in the world of retina. “As someone who has practiced in the retinal field for 30 years, I can unequivocally state that Dr. Charles’ instruments, techniques, and thought processes assist me daily in immeasurable ways and have helped me to save many eyes,” said John C. Hoskins, MD, president of the Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology. “He is inherently blessed with a brilliant mind, and it’s difficult to truly measure his contributions to our field because, unquestionably, they are profound.”

On what he prides himself on:
The 3 T’s: technique, technology, and teaching. “The 3 T’s are intertwined,” he said. “Developing a new surgical technique is dependent on also developing a technology that enables performance of the technique. And so I believe in teaching technique and technology together— focusing on concept learning, which is robust and useful…”

On innovation:
His singular focus is on how collaboration with others can push forward innovation that will truly help patients. “Innovation doesn’t come about because it’s something you plan, want, or hope for,” said Dr. Charles. “You’ve got to roll up your sleeves and work.”

On what’s ahead:
Even while he is currently engaged in 3 large projects himself, looking ahead he sees a bright future for ophthalmology. But to fulfill that future, said Dr. Charles, ophthalmologists young and old should reflect on 1 thing: simply being a good doctor. This means attending as many meetings as possible, reading journals, and getting to know other surgeons. This also means worrying less about money and reimbursement.

To read more of Dr. Charles’ in-depth interview, visit the Academy’s website.