American Academy of Ophthalmology to honor former Wills Eye residents

Jerry Shields, MD – AAO Charles L. Schepens, MD Award

Jerry Shields (Wills Eye Resident, Class of 1970) will receive the Charles L. Schepens, MD/AAO Award presented at the Retina Subspecialty Day meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology on October 17, 2014. The award recognizes a vision scientist who has contributed new knowledge of the visual process of vitreoretinal diseases and/or has made special contributions to prevent blindness.

John Cropsey, MD – AAO 2014 Inaugural Artemis Award

John Cropsey, MD (Wills Eye Resident, Class of 2009) will receive the Artemis Award at the AAO Board of Trustees Reception and Dinner on October 18, 2014.

The new Artemis Award recognizes John as a Young Ophthalmologist (YO) Academy member who has demonstrated caring and service of an exemplary degree to patients in East Africa. The award, named for the Greek Goddess Artemis, protector and nurturer of the vulnerable and suffering, acknowledges behavior above and beyond what is required or expected and recognizes and encourages such service amongst our “future generation” of ophthalmologists.
After completing his residency at Wills Eye, John joined World Medical Mission’s post-residency program in as the only ophthalmologist at Tenwek Eye unit in Kenya, where he was instrumental in fostering the Wills International Resident Experience (WIRE) program. Tenwek is the main referral center for an estimated 10 million people. In August 2013, John became as a clinical medical professor for Hope Africa University in Burundi, where he established an eye care center at Kibuye Hospital.

John and his wife, Jessica, have three children: Elise (2007), Michah (2008), and Samuel (2011). For more information about their work in Burundi, visit the team blog at You can also contact John by email at