Dr. Joan O’Brien

Title: Chairman, Department of Ophthalmology

Company: Scheie Eye Institute,
Perelman School of Medicine

Location: Merion Station, Pennsylvania
United States


  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Board of Ophthalmology
  • American Medical Women’s Association
  • American Ophthalmological Society
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Retina Specialists
  • Apogean Society
  • Aspen Retinal Detachment Society
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
  • Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • California Physicians Alliance
  • Center for Childhood Cancer Research
  • Children’s Oncology Group, National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • Clinical Research Forum
  • Consortium of Universities for Global Health
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer
  • Federal Advocacy for Ophthalmologists and Patients
  • Frederick C. Cordes Eye Society
  • Genotyping Network (eyeGENE)
  • Greater Philadelphia Ophthalmic Society
  • Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics
  • Institute of Medicine (elected member, 2013-Present)
  • International Association of Women
  • International Cancer Information Service Group (ICISG)
  • International College of Surgeons
  • International Society for Eye Research
  • International Society of Ocular Oncology (international advisory board, appointed member, 2007)
  • International U.S. Surgeon, Fellow
  • Massachusetts Medical Society
  • National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research
  • National Association of Professional Women (NAPW)
  • National Cancer Institute (NCI) (study committee)
  • National Eye Institute, Global Genes Project
  • National Ophthalmic Disease (invited member, principal investigator)
  • Neuroscience Graduate Group
  • Oculoplastics Society
  • Ophthalmic Oncology Group, Joint European Research Meetings, Ophthalmology and Vision
  • Ophthalmic World Leaders (OWL)
  • ORBIS (strategic committee board member, 2017-Present)
  • Pacific Coast Oto-Ophthalmological Society
  • Penn Forum for Women Faculty
  • Penn Medicine Biobank Committee
  • Phi Beta Kappa (PBK) Northern California Association
  • Philadelphia College of Physicians, Fellow
  • Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) (associate member)
  • The European Society for Medical Oncology (associate member)
  • The Hospital & Health System Association of Pennsylvania (member)
  • The Macula Society
  • The Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology
  • The Penn Club of New York
  • The Royal Society of Medicine (2019)
  • Union League of Philadelphia
  • Women in Ophthalmology


  • Honoree, Distinguished Worldwide Humanitarian Award (2020)
  • Recipient, 2020 ICA Conference Health Communications Division Award, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (2020);
  • Elected Silver Fellow, ARVO Fellows Class of 2020, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (2020)
  • Recipient, 2019 Retina Research Foundation’s Gertrude D. Pyron Award, Lifetime Research Achievement, American Society of Retina Specialists (2019)
  • Recipient, 2017 PPMC Patient Advocacy Award (2017)
  • Recipient, Inspirational Physician Recognition Program Award, The Women Physicians Section, American Medical Association (2017)
  • Recipient, Laureate Award, USC Keck School of Medicine (2017)
  • Recipient, Secretariat Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2016)
  • Recipient, 2015 Penn Medicine Innovation Accelerator Program Award (2015)
  • Featured Listee, Best Cancer Doctor in America, Newsweek (2015)
  • Certificate of Appreciation as Community Internship Sponsor, Conestoga High School (2014)
  • Recipient, Women in Ophthalmology Suzanne Veronneau – Troutman Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (2013)
  • Certificate of Appreciation as Preceptor, Parnassus Integrated Student Clinical Experiences, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (2007-2008)
  • Certificate of Recognition for Dedicated Service, Longitudinal Clinical Experience Program, School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco (2004-2005)
  • Recipient, National Medical Association Ophthalmology Award for Excellence in Medical Students and Ophthalmology (2002)
  • Recipient, Physician Scientist Award, Inaugural Year, Research to Prevent Blindness (2001-2003)
  • Recipient, Honor Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology (1997)
  • Young Investigator Award, Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology and Research to Prevent Blindness (1997)
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Travel Award (1991)
  • Dean’s Medal, Outstanding Graduating Senior, Dartmouth Medical School (1986)
  • Recipient, Catlin Award, Classical Studies, Middlebury College (1979)
  • Recipient, Woolsey Prize, Religious Studies, Middlebury College (1979)

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