Mark Mannis, director of the Cornea and External Disease Service and professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at UC Davis School of Medicine and Medical Center is the 1996 recipient of the R. Townley Paton Award. The award is the highest honor given to a physician for his outstanding contributions to the development of corneal transplants and eye banking.
The award was announced last Fall at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting and Mannis recently delivered the Paton Lectureship on the use of older donor tissue in corneal transplants at the Eye Bank Association of America in Santa Barbara.
Mannis is an international leader in the field of corneal transplantation and has made numerous contributions to the field. He has been director of the Cornea and External Disease Service at UC Davis since 1980, is medical director of the Sierra Regional Eye and Tissue Bank and has served as director of Residency Training for the Department of Ophalthmology at UC Davis. He is chair of the American Academy of Opthalmology’s Committee on Eye Banks and is a member of the committee on Ophthalmic Procedures Assessment.
He has played a key role in various eye banking committees at the Eye Bank Association of America that led to the development of the current medical standards, the direction of research efforts, and the accreditation of eye banking facilities. Mannis is former chairman of the Eye Bank Association of America.
Since January 1996, he has served as editor-in-chief of Cornea, the international journal of record in the subspecialty of diseases of the cornea and external eye.