Mark J. Mannis, professor and chair of the UC Davis Health System Eye Center, has received the Moacyr Alvaro Gold Medal from the Federal University of Sao Paulo for his contributions to Latin American ophthalmic education and eye banking.
The award is the highest honor given to an ophthalmologist in Latin America and is designated for outstanding contributions to the field in teaching, research and service. Mannis received the award at the International Symposium sponsored by the Federal University of Sao Paulo. Mannis and other faculty in the Department of Ophthalmology and Vision Science at UC Davis have trained 10 fellows from Latin America, many of whom have achieved prominence in academic ophthalmology.
The Eye Center also sponsors semi-annual telemedicine grand rounds with colleagues at several Brazilian academic centers. Mannis is currently the president of the Pan-American Association of Eye Banks and is the president-elect of the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, the largest supranational organization of ophthalmologists in the world with members in more than 23 countries.