AAO Advocacy Ambassador Program

The Advocacy Ambassador Program was established in 2004 by the Secretariat for State Affairs to educate residents and fellows early in their careers about the importance of political action and involvement in organized ophthalmology at both the state and national levels. The Secretariat collaborates with Women in Ophthalmology to support the attendance of members-in-training at the Mid-Year Forum, Congressional Advocacy Day and the spring Council Meeting. The AAO provides complimentary registration and WIO provides a travel stipend to the chosen resident or fellow.

At the Mid-Year Forum, ambassadors get to attend sessions on hot topics and issues facing the profession. Then, during Congressional Advocacy Day, they are paired with seasoned ophthalmologists for visits with legislators and key care staff on Capitol Hill to discuss major issues affecting ophthalmology and medicine. At the Council Meeting, ambassadors are special guests and learn about the Council’s role as the policy advisory body to the Academy’s Board of Trustees.

View this years Program at the AAO Website

AAO Advocacy Ambassador Program 2019 Notification Form

The 2019 nomination cycle has closed.



Suzann Pershing, MD


Lauren Patty, MD


Kristen Harris Nwanyanwu, MD, MBA


Crystal Hung, MD


Anitra Thomas, MD


Loretta Stein, MD


Lilangi Ediriwickrema, MD


Thandeka Myeni, MD