2017 José I. Barraquer Lecture and Award: Dr. Scott MacRae

Dr. Scott MacRae completed his undergraduate, medical school, and residency program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He did three corneal fellowships including a Cornea and Eternal Disease Fellowship, an NEI sponsored Corneal Physiology Research Training Fellowship, both at the Eye Institute Medical College of Wisconsin, and a brief contact lens and light toxicity of the eye fellowship at Emory University.

Dr. MacRae joined the faculty of Oregon Health Sciences University in 1983. He served as a panel member and consultant to the FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel from 1986 – 2000, chaired the AAO Public Health Committee from 1991-1994, and ran the AAO Clinical Alert Program. He is a winner of the Illinois Society to Prevent Blindness Young Investigator Award, the Amni Award, the Kambara Award, the AAO/ISRS Lans Award, and others. 

He authored over 120 published articles and book chapters on various topics such as AIDS, public health, and corneal physiology. Dr. MacRae turned his attention increasingly to the physiology of refractive surgery, and most recently the optics of refractive surgery. 

He has been on the editorial board for three ophthalmic journals, served as Senior Editor for the Journal of Refractive Surgery, chaired numerous international refractive symposiums and is Senior Editor for two best-selling books in ophthalmology, Customized Corneal Ablation: The Quest for SuperVision and Wavefront Guided Customized Treatment: The Quest for SuperVision II.

In 2000, Dr. MacRae accepted the honor as Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the University of Rochestor in Rochestor, New York. He joined a team of optical and visual scientists dedicated to maximizing the limits of human vision with an emphasis on optics and optimizing visual processing. Together they have worked on refining customized laser vision correction, characterized the optics of multifocal IOL’s, modified monovision, and binocular summation. In recent years, his team has developed a minimally invasive technique to change the refractive index of the cornea, IOL’s, and contact lenses without changing their shape. He continuously promotes research and development of new refractive surgery techniques and technology.