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Rarely will you find a value as great as an OWL membership! By becoming a member you establish yourself as committed to "Advancing Diversity in Leadership" and in standing as a leader for today's world. You'll also be affiliated with the best and brightest in Ophthalmology. Take a look here at some of our Champion members!



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Developing leaders is OWL's mission and our specialty!  Get terrific experience and benefit from the best-of-the-best networking in Ophthalmology when you get involved in OWL:

  • Attend an Event
  • Submit an article for our magazine
  • Step into leadership – join an OWL Committee
  • Offer to help with a "one-time" job at one of OWL's fabulous events
  • Connect with us on social media to stay up-to-date with OWL

Support OWL

OWL is a 501(c)3 organization, meaning any financial contribution is 100% tax-deductible.  OWL focuses the investment of members’ dues on programs and events that will benefit members (our admin costs are low compared to other nonprofits).

Your company can align with OWL's mission by having a presence at our events and benefit from exposure on our social mediachannels and in our member communications.  Organizations and companies that want to be involved at the highest level can enroll their associates as virtual members, receive educational programs and get sponsorship exposure by becoming an OWL Partner.


Owl Awards

The OWL Awards are given annually at OWL's Signature Event during AAO.  The finalists are distinguished and respected - always an impressive group!

Nominations for the OWL Awards open in the Summer.  A Nominations Committee selects the finalists and then OWL members cast their votes in the Fall.

Contact Us for information on nominating a colleague as a ‘Rising Star’, ‘Catalyst’ or ‘Visionary’ in Ophthalmology.


Upcoming Programs

The Inequity of COVID-19: Part I & Part II
4.27.21 & 5.3.21 | 3 PM EST
OWL & WIO Reception at Hawaiian Eye
5.10.21 | 4 PM HST
Grand Wailea Maui | 3850 Wailea Alanui Drive, Wailea, HI 96753 (Lagoon Overlook)
Get-On-Board with OWL
Begins 5.10.21
Digital & Live
New Member Mixer
6.1.21 | 3 PM EST

Featured Champion Members

Beth Marsh

Vice President of Sales & Marketing – Ophthalmology, Apellis Pharmaceuticals

Beth Marsh is an experienced commercial marketing and business development executive. She has been a key initial team member in five ophthalmic start-up organizations and has successfully launched several ophthalmic products. Apellis is a global biopharmaceutical company that is committed to leveraging courageous science, creativity, and compassion to deliver life-changing therapies. Beth is leading the buildout of the US Ophthalmology division in advance of a potential product to treat geographic atrophy.

Beth is also a longtime member, Board member and Immediate Past President of OWL.

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Sidney Gicheru, MD

President, LaserCare Eye Center P.A.

Sidney Gicheru, MD is a Refractive Surgeon & President of LaserCare Eye Center in Dallas, TX and is excited to join Ophthalmology World Leaders. As a 2012 graduate of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Leadership Development Program (LDP), he is passionate about Leadership Development.  He served as faculty for the Asia-Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology's LDP  from 2012 to 2016. In 2015, he co-founded the African Ophthalmology Council's LDP and currently serves as its Program Director. He feels that Leadership Development can be an effective solution to reduce healthcare disparities in developing countries.

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