ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Bausch + Lomb is proud to announce that Joseph Barr,
O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O., vice president, Global Clinical & Medical
Affairs and Professional Services, Vision Care, has received the
American Academy of Optometry’s 2010 Max Schapero Memorial Award. The
award is presented annually to a clinician, researcher or scholar who
has made a significant contribution to the cornea and contact lens field
by virtue of his/her publications, lectures or research efforts. Dr.
Barr will be presented with the award on Friday, November 19, at the
88th annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry in San
“We are proud that Dr. Barr has been presented with this year’s Max
Schapero Award, a high achievement within the optometry community,” said
Mohinder Merchea, O.D., Ph.D., director of Medical Affairs, North
America, Vision Care, at Bausch + Lomb. “The Academy’s decision to honor
Dr. Barr with this prestigious award stands as a testament to his
continued commitment to the advancement of optometry.”
This year, Dr. Barr was also the recipient of the Heart of America
Contact Lens Society O.D. of the Year award, which is presented to
leaders in the eye care profession for their numerous accomplishments,
particularly in research and clinical studies. Dr. Barr received the
award in recognition of his years of valuable research and service to
Dr. Barr served on the Executive Committee and was director of the
Collaborative Longitudinal Evaluation of Keratoconus Photography Reading
Center. He is also a member of the inaugural global advisory council to
the Pediatric Cataract Initiative, a program co-sponsored by the Bausch
+ Lomb Early Vision Institute and Lions Clubs International Foundation.
The program aims to identify, fund and promote innovative methods of
overcoming pediatric cataracts for the long-term benefit of children,
their families and their communities.
Dr. Barr joined Bausch + Lomb in 2007. In 2008 he was named vice
president, Global Clinical & Medical Affairs and Professional
Services, Vision Care. In this role for Bausch + Lomb, Dr. Barr leads a
team of clinical researchers, medical affairs professionals and
professional services specialists who provide high-end products and
services to eye care professionals. Prior to joining Bausch + Lomb, Dr.
Barr served as Associate Dean for Professional Program and Clinical
Services and EF Wildermuth Professor of Optometry at The Ohio State
University College of Optometry.
Dr. Barr received his doctor of optometry degree from The Ohio State
University College of Optometry and completed a combined Advanced
Practice Fellowship in cornea and contact lenses and a Master of Science
in Physiological Optics. Dr. Barr is chairman of the American Academy
of Optometry Cornea and Contact Lens Section, and from 1987 to 2007, he
served as editor of Contact Lens Spectrum and the Contact Lens Today
weekly newsletter. He is also a member of the International Society for
Contact Lens Research, the International Association of Contact Lens
Educators and the American Optometric Association.
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