Gil Binenbaum, MD, a Pediatric Eye Surgeon in the Division of Ophthalmology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), has received the 2017 American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) Young Investigator Award. This distinction recognizes pediatric ophthalmologists who have conducted high-quality, impactful research.
During the award ceremony at the AAPOS national meeting on Thursday, April 6, Dr. Binenbaum spoke about how physicians can use their own patient electronic medical records to conduct research. He encouraged other clinicians to harness the power of this type of data to efficiently answer clinically relevant questions in managing common eye diseases in children.
“At CHOP, we are driven to make meaningful advancements in research while providing excellent care,” says Monte Mills, MD, Chief of the Division of Ophthalmology at CHOP. “Dr. Binenbaum exemplifies this mission in its entirety and has made significant contributions to pediatric ophthalmology research. It’s with great appreciation that I congratulate him on his latest achievement.”
Dr. Binenbaum attended the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he now serves as Associate Professor of Ophthalmology. He is the leader of a multicenter research group on retinopathy of prematurity, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. He has also conducted extensive research in retinal hemorrhage related to child abuse.
Dr. Binenbaum completed his ophthalmology residency at the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, pursued a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at CHOP, and received a master’s degree in Clinical Epidemiology, also at the University of Pennsylvania. He has authored over 42 peer-reviewed publications and published more than 118 scientific abstracts at national and international meetings. He has also contributed to an extensive number of editorials, policy statements, chapters and alternative media works.
In addition to seeing patients and operating, Dr. Binenbaum serves as Director of Research in the Division of Ophthalmology at CHOP, as well as Chair of the Research Committee of AAPOS.
Dr. Binenbaum resides in Center City Philadelphia and has two teenage children.