On October 5, 2018, the American Board of Ophthalmology recognized the extraordinary dedication of diplomate Martha M. Wright, MD, of Minneapolis, who has served as an Examiner at 20 Oral Examinations. For her long record of service, she was presented with the ABO’s Goldfeller Award. Dr. Wright became an Examiner for the first time in 2001 and has participated in exam development every year since 2013. (Dr. Wright is pictured with ABO Chair Dale Heuer, MD.)
Dr. Wright is a professor of ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota, where she is also the director of the eye clinic’s glaucoma service. Dr. Wright earned her medical degree from the University of Michigan, completed an internship at Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program, and ophthalmology residency training at Hershey Medical Center of the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Michigan. She also completed a fellowship in glaucoma at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami.
Dr. Wright became board certified by the ABO in 1990 and voluntarily participates in the Maintenance of Certification program.
The Goldfeller Award is given to volunteers who serve at 20 or more Oral Examinations. The award is named for the late Mr. Ben Goldfeller, a resident of San Francisco and longtime friend of the ABO, who volunteered at 50 Oral Examinations before his death in 2002 at the age of 86. Mr. Goldfeller first became involved with the ABO when he assisted with the use of microscopes during examinations. After microscopes were discontinued as part of the Oral Examination process, he found other ways to consistently help with the administration and delivery of the exam.
The ABO thanks Dr. Wright for her dedication to the board certification process.