John L. Keltner, professor and director of Research and Faculty Development at the UC Davis Health System Eye Center, has received the North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society Distinguished Service Award for 2011. Given by the organization’s executive board, the award is the highest honor for members, recognizing a sustained and substantial service to the North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society (NANOS) and to the field of neuro-ophthalmology.
Keltner is an internationally known neuro-ophthalmologist who provides highly specialized consultations in the diagnosis and treatment of complex and unexplained neurological abnormalities that affect visual pathways. He also co-directs the Optical Coherence Tomography and Visual Field Reading Centers and is involved in two related trials for patients with multiple sclerosis. He has been a pioneer in the treatment of ocular cancer and its effects on the visual system.
Keltner is committed to advancing education in the field of neuro-ophthalmology. In addition to his work at UC Davis, he also taught for the Stanford Basic Science Course in neuro-ophthalmology for eight summers and at Harvard Lancaster Course for 14 summers. He also pioneered the Association of University Professors Fellowship Compliance Process for fellows in neuro-ophthalmology, as well as for other ophthalmology subspecialties.
The North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society is a 500-member professional organization of ophthalmologists and neurologists that promotes the field of neuro-ophthalmology by fostering education, research, clinical expertise and communication among health professionals. The society sponsors an annual scientific meeting, publishes the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology and provides an educational symposium in neuro-ophthalmology at the American Academy of Ophthalmology.