2015 Presidential Recognition Award: Dr. George O. Waring IV

George O Waring IV MD FACS is an assistant professor of ophthalmology and the director of Refractive Surgery at Medical University of South Carolina, Storm Eye Institute, and he serves as the medical director at Magill Vision Center. Dr. Waring also serves as adjunct assistant professor of bioengineering at the College of Engineering and Science at Clemson University. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and has received numerous awards and distinctions for excellence in ophthalmology, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Achievement Award and the Distinguished Lans Award from the International Society of Refractive Surgery. He has been recognized as one of the nation’s Top Doctors in Ophthalmology by Castle Connolly’s Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists, and as a Top Ophthalmologist and Leading Physician of the World by the International Association of Ophthalmologists.

Dr. Waring is active in clinical research and is the cofounder of the Ocular Biomechanics and Diffusion Laboratory in the Department of Bioengineering at Clemson University. He has over 100 scientific publications, abstracts, and presentations to his credit, including 27 peer-reviewed manuscripts, over 50 invited lectures, and over half a dozen book chapters on cataract and refractive surgery. He has performed surgery, taught new surgical procedures, and delivered invited lectures on four continents.

Dr. Waring is a founding member of the American and European College of Ophthalmic Surgeons and the Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery Society and was selected as one of 10 founding members of the prestigious Vanguard Ophthalmology Society to recognize future leaders in ophthalmology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons and is active in numerous other professional societies. He chairs and participates in multiple committees and courses for the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the International Society of Refractive Surgery.

Dr. Waring serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Refractive Surgery and serves as senior editor for the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Ophthalmic News and Education Subcommittee on Refractive Management. He is also on the editorial board for the Academy’s basic science series text on refractive surgery. He is chief medical editor of Millennial Eye and serves on the editorial board of Ocular Surgery News and Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today for both the United States and Europe. Dr. Waring also has served on over 15 scientific advisory panels, aiding in the development of new technologies.

Dr. Waring completed a dual degree in economics and ecology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, followed by his doctor of medicine degree at the Emory University School of Medicine. He served as administrative chief resident of ophthalmology at the State University of New York (SUNY). He completed his subspecialty fellowship training in cornea and refractive surgery under the world-renowned mentorship of Daniel S Durrie MD in Overland Park, Kansas. He is happily married to Karolinne Maia Rocha MD PhD, who is also his partner in cornea, cataract, and refractive surgery.