2020/2021 Presidential Recognition Award:Dan Z. Reinstein, MD

Professor Dan Z. Reinstein is the founder and medical director of the London Vision Clinic and holds professorships at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York; Ulster University, UK; and Sorbonne University, France. He has been lead refractive surgery consultant for Carl Zeiss Meditec since 2001, created their EDoF PRESBYOND® Laser Blended Vision treatment module for presbyopia, and was a key investigator in developing small-incision lenticule extraction (SMILE). He was the first to develop corneal epithelial mapping and bring this to both keratoconus screening and the extensive applications in therapeutic refractive surgery. His textbook The Surgeon’s Guide to SMILE was published in April 2018.

Professor Reinstein is editor for the Therapeutic Refractive Surgery section of the Journal of Refractive Surgery and has published over 175 peer-reviewed papers, a majority in the area of corneal imaging and biometry with OCT and very high-frequency digital ultrasound scanning using the Artemis Insight 100 technology, which he coinvented while at Cornell University in the early 1990s. He was awarded the Academy’s Waring Medal in 2006 and the Kritzinger Award in 2013.