2022 Presidential Recognition Award: Michael W. Belin, MD

Michael W. Belin, MD attended Northwestern University (Evanston, Illinois), where he majored in bio-medical engineering, and received his medical degree from Rutgers Medical School (New Jersey). He completed his internship and residency at the Albany Medical College and his fellowship in cornea and external diseases at the University of Iowa. He subsequently completed a traveling fellowship by invitation from the Royal College of Surgeons of England Foundation.

Dr. Belin is Professor of Ophthalmology & Vision Science at the University of Arizona, Department of Ophthalmology, and Southern Arizona Veterans Administration Health Care System (Tucson, Arizona). He also holds an honorary professorship at the Military Hospital #1, Shenyang, China.

Dr. Belin is a past president of the Cornea Society (2006-2008) and vice president for International Development (2008-2015). He is a Fellow of the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Ophthalmology. He served on the Board of Directors, the Medical Advisory Board, and the Executive Committee of the Eye Bank Association of America. He is past chair of the American University Professors of Ophthalmology’s Fellowship Compliance Committee (AUPO-FCC).

Dr. Belin is a past recipient of the Academy’s Honor Award, Senior Honor Award, Academy Service Award, Achievement Award (x2), and Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Belin codeveloped with Dr. Ambrosio the Belin/Ambrosio display (BAD), the most commonly used refractive screening software, and he developed the ABCD Keratoconus Classification and Progression Display. He has published over 180 peer-reviewed articles and has presented over 250 papers at major national or international meetings.