2018 Lans Distinguished Award: Dr. Bonnie Henderson

Bonnie An Henderson M.D. served as the President of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery from 2017-2018 and is a Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.  Dr. Henderson is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Refractive Surgery, has served as the associate editor of Eyeworld of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and on the editorial board of Eyenet Magazine of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Henderson has authored over 125 articles, papers, book chapters, and abstracts and has delivered over 275 invited lectures worldwide. She has published 5 textbooks in cataract and refractive surgery. Her textbook, Essentials of Cataract Surgery, is the one of most commonly used textbooks to teach cataract surgery in the United States. Dr. Henderson’s principal research involves cataract surgery outcomes and innovative methods of teaching, including the development of a digital-based method for teaching cataract surgery, supported by a Department of Defense TATRIC grant. She has invented and commercialized a number of medical instruments including the modified capsule tension ring, astigmatism correcting markers, and a capsule polisher. She donates all of her royalties from the textbooks and instruments to charity.

Dr. Henderson has received an Achievement Award, Secretariat Award, and the Senior Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, “Best of” awards from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery for her research and films, and the “Teacher of the Year” award from Harvard Medical School. She has received the Visionary Award by the American- European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery and received the Suzanne Veronneau-Troutman Award from Women in Ophthalmology.

Dr. Henderson completed her ophthalmology residency at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.  She graduated from Dartmouth College and from Dartmouth Medical School with high honors. She serves on the Board of Overseers at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the Executive Committee of American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.  Married with three children, her interests include culinary arts and competing in triathlons.