Dr. Karen Gehrs was honored April 27, 2012, at the Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM) Lakeland Derby VIP Reception.

The Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine organization annually recognizes those in the medical community who make a significant contribution.  According to the May 14, 2012, edition of The Ledger,  “Dr. Richard Honer, general surgeon at Gessler Clinic in Winter Haven, received the Glen A. Barden Community Service Award on April 27 at The Lakeland Derby VIP Reception. Dr. Karen Gehrs, ophthalmologist at Center for Retina & Macular Disease in Winter Haven, received the 2012 Medical Research Award. Dr. Jeffrey L. Puretz, obstetrician with Lakeland OB-GYN, was named LVIM Physician of the Year. Dr. Edward J. Williams, Lakeland dentist, was named 2012 LVIM Dentist of the Year.”

The requirements to be nominated for the LVIM Medical Research Award include:

  • The physician has made a significant contribution to medical research that has impacted, or has the strong potential to impact, human health through the diagnosis, treatment or prevention of disease.
  • Provides a professional example that the study of science and technology can enable or has the potential to enable an extended, healthy, productive life.
  • The research exhibits innovation, insight and leadership in the field of medicine and patient care.
  • Is in good standing in the Polk County medical community.
  • Is currently practicing or has retired from practicing in Polk County.

Dr. Gehrs received her B.S. in Chemistry from Rhodes College and her M.D. from the University of  Missouri.  Dr. Gehrs continued her postdoctoral education with numerous training and fellowship appointments including a Vitreoretinal Fellowship at Duke University Eye Center where she also served as Chief Resident.

During her research and clinical career, Dr. Gehrs has authored or coauthored over 40 peer reviewed research publications, and has been the lead or co-investigator in numerous grant-funded research projects.   This physician’s years of outstanding research has led to changes in the clinical management of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy..  In the past year Dr. Gehrs has published several seminal papers on the genomics of eye disease.

In addition to Dr. Gehrs being awarded the 2012 Medical Research Award, Dr. Michael Tolentino of Center for Retina and Macular Disease received the LVIM Medical Research award in 2010.

Lakeland Volunteers in Medicine (LVIM) is a volunteer-run medical clinic that provides free quality medical care to the working uninsured of Polk County.

To learn more about LVIM, visit the LVIM website.

The Center for Retina and Macular Disease and the Macular Degeneration Association are sponsoring the “Low Vision Rehabilitation” Patient Educational Seminar on Thursday, March 29, 2012, from 8:30AM-12:00PM. Dr. Sonya Braudway, Optometrist and Low Vision Specialist, and Ms. Yolanda Cate, Occupational Therapist, both from the Center for Retina and Macular Disease, are the featured speakers. This program is designed specifically to educate visually impaired patients and their families.

Dr. Braudway and Ms. Cate will present a series of talks on the diagnosis, latest advances in research, low vision equipment and therapy options for low vision that will greatly improve a patient’s quality of life.  The program will also serve as an excellent opportunity to share questions, concerns and ideas with patients and the speakers.

Along with the other topics, there will be a discussion about the Division of the Blind Services. There will be a hands-on demonstration of various low vision equipment at the end of the morning program.

The MDA Patient Educational Program will be held March 29 at the Highland Park Church of the Nazarene in Lakeland, Florida, at 4777 Lakeland Highlands Road.  Registration will begin at 8:30AM and the program will be held from 9AM-12PM.

To register or for more information about the March 29 program, visit this website.  Seating is limited and registration is required.

Dr. Michael Tolentino and Dr. Benjamin Kim are featured speakers for the February 25, 2012, Educational Seminar to be held at The Waterfront Inn in The Villages.

The seminar will be 8AM-12PM.  The topic is “Breakthroughs in Various Technologies for Macular Degeneration.” Dr. Tolentino is the chair of this event.  He is a retina specialist with Center for Retina and Macular Disease as well as scientific co-founder and medical director of the Macular Degeneration Association (MDA).  Dr. Benjamin Kim, MD, also a retina specialist with Center for Retina and Macular Disease, will join Dr. Tolentino at this event.  The Waterfront Inn is located at 1105 Lakeshore Drive in the Villages.

The Macular Degeneration Association’s educational symposium in The Villages will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to interact with nationally known macular experts, a low vision specialist, fellow patients and caregivers in an open forum.

Registration is open. Seating is limited to the first 120 participants.
The cost is $10.00 per person which will include morning refreshments.
To register please call Lynne Henry at (941) 870-4399

For more information, visit this website.

Center for Retina and Macular Disease is hosting a program on Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 3:30-5PM. “New Technology for Low Vision, Electronic Readers, and More” will be held at CRMD’s Winter Haven location at 250 Ave. K, SW, Suite 200. The speaker will be Ike Presley, American Foundation for the Blind. This is a meeting of the Low Vision Support Group for people affected by macular degeneration and other eye conditions that cause vision loss.

R.S.V.P to reserve your seat: 863.297.5400, ext. 2019.

Center for Retina and Macular Disease had a team of employees participate in the Foundation Fighting Blindness’ 4th annual Vision Walk. The event took place on Saturday, November 19, 2011, at Al Lopez Park in Tampa, Florida. It was a beautiful sunny day to support a great cause!

The CRMD team joined over 200 walkers for the Vision Walk: A Cure is in Sight. For more information about this organization visit this website: Vision Walk.

Thanks to Melanie Lee, Center for Retina and Macular Disease’s Vision Walk chair and member of our Community Outreach Committee!

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