Congrats to the 2023 Bernie Dolan Resident Mentor of the Year Award recipients: Drs. Ian Bailey and Michael Harris!
The Dolan Award was established in 2008 to honor Dr. Bernie Dolan for his outstanding service in the education and mentorship of optometry residents. The award is presented annually to a residency mentor who has demonstrated excellence in teaching, mentorship, and service to the residency program and the profession of optometry.
Ian L. Bailey, OD, MS, FBCO, FAAO was born in Melbourne Australia on December 22, 1940. He was educated at the Victorian College of Optometry of the University of Melbourne, receiving his Bachelor of Applied Science degree in 1962. In 1976, Professor Bailey joined the faculty at the University of California, School of Optometry. Dr. Bailey’s clinical and research interests have focused on low vision, clinical psychophysics, visual optics and vision ergonomics. He is perhaps best known for developing the Bailey-Lovie visual acuity chart with Jan Lovie-Kitchin.
Throughout his career, Dr. Bailey consistently directed his energies towards improving the scientific and analytical foundations of clinical practice. He introduced many new procedures and clinical methods related to prescribing optical low vision aids. These included new clinically applicable methods for measuring the equivalent power of lens systems, determining the image location and the enlargement ratios of stand magnifiers, and measurement of the magnification of Keplerian and Galilean low vision telescopes.
Michael G. Harris, OD, JD, MS, FAAO, born in San Francisco in 1942, graduated from the UC Berkeley School of Optometry where he received his Master of Optometry (1965), Doctor of Optometry (1966, as one of the first four graduates to receive the School’s newly established OD degree), and Master of Science in Physiological Optics (1968) degrees. He is Clinical Professor Emeritus and Senior Lecturer Emeritus at the School of Optometry, where he has served as a faculty member for some 50 years. Dr. Harris is also professor of the Berkeley Emeriti Academy.
Dr. Harris received a Juris Doctor (JD) degree from John F. Kennedy University School of Law in 1985 and began lecturing, writing, and consulting on legal and ethical issues in health care, especially optometry, an area in which Dr. Harris is recognized as a leading legal expert in vision care and optometric jurisprudence.