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Three HOS Members receive Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award from American Academy of Ophthalmology

The Houston Ophthalmological Society is proud to recognize members Dr. Robert Butner, Dr. Downey Price, and Dr. Paul Steinkuller, each of whom has received one of the highest international honors given by the American Academy of Ophthalmology- the Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award.

This award recognizes Academy members for contributions in charitable activities, care of the indigent and community service performed above and beyond the typical duties of an ophthalmologist.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology or AAO is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons, with more than 27,000 members; only two Humanitarian awards are given annually. Houston is the only city to have had three award recipients. Beyond their individual contributions, each of these ophthalmologists has inspired others in Houston to serve those in need.

Robert W. Butner, MD 2001 AAO Humanitarian Award

Robert W. Butner, MD, received the Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology at the 2001 Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

Dr. Butner has demonstrated perseverance and commitment to teaching diagnostic and surgical techniques and to improving patient care through his teaching and care in war-torn Eastern Europe, often in hospitals under direct fire. Since 1992, Dr. Butner has made numerous trips to the Balkans, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Albania, and Romania. Each trip was dedicated to sharing knowledge and

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Dr. Butner received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Rice University in 1964, and was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa. He attended Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he received his medical degree in 1968. Dr. Butner interned at Tulane University in 1968-1969, and then completed his residency and fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in 1975 and 1976, respectively.

Dr. Butner is on the faculty of the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and staffs the Retina Clinic at the LBJ General Hospital of the Harris County Hospital District. Dr. Butner was a Green Beret, and retired with the rank of Colonel. He now serves in the Texas State Guard, through which he was mobilized to serve during Hurricane Katrina in a shelter for evacuees in Beaumont. He has been awarded the military parachutist qualification badge by the governments of Taiwan, Italy, Tunisia, Nepal, Argentina, Russia, and Israel.

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