Amy Watts, O.D., receives 2016 Norman Knight Leadership Development Award in Ophthalmology

December 14, 2016

Boston, Mass. — Amy Watts, O.D., an optometrist at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and resident of Hingham, Mass., has been named the 2016 Norman Knight Leadership Development Award recipient for Ophthalmology. The Norman Knight Leadership Development Awards recognize future leaders in otolaryngology and ophthalmology, providing important financial support for promising young clinicians.

“Dr. Watts’ leadership and collaborative spirit have been of tremendous value to our institution,” said Joan W. Miller, M.D., the Henry Willard Williams Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and Chief of Ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital. “By every measure, she is an innovative, creative team player in a growing leadership role. This support will accelerate her path toward a bright future ahead.”

Dr. Amy Watts completed her Cornea and Contact Lens residency at the New England College of Optometry prior to joining Massachusetts Eye and Ear in 2010. In 2012, she assumed directorship of the Optometry and Contact Lens Service at Mass. Eye and Ear. Under her leadership, the service has more than tripled in size and now spans four Massachusetts Eye and Ear locations.

As Director of the Vision Rehabilitation Service at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Dr. Watts oversees the clinical activities of optometrists and occupational therapists who help vision-impaired patients regain their mobility and independence through innovative technologies and techniques.

In addition, Dr. Watts leads the Same-Day Service, a collaborative effort among Mass General, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Mass. Eye and Ear, developed to better to triage patients with urgent eye problems from primary care physicians across Partners HealthCare.

Dr. Watts also contributes to the ongoing success of the strategic network expansion mission of Massachusetts Eye and Ear and plays an integral role in the achievements of various hospital programs, including the Harvard Medical School Optometry Residency Training Program. A gifted teacher and mentor, Dr. Watts is the director of this training program, now in its sixth year at Massachusetts Eye and Ear. Each year, Dr. Watts mentors one optometric resident and instructs ophthalmology residents in the fitting and care of contact lens modalities for a variety of diagnoses.

Dr. Watts’ past honors include the Mertz Contact Lens Residency Award (sponsored by the American Optometric Foundation), the Vistakon Contact Lens Award, and the New England College of Optometry Clinic Award.

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