Tero Kivelä, already a FEBO after sitting the very first Diploma Examination in Milan, Italy, in 1995 when he was the Secretary of the Finnish Ophthalmological Society, became a delegate in the Continuous Medical Education Committee of the EBO in 2000, and the Academic Delegate representing Finland in the EBO general Assembly in 2001. He was elected Vice President and Chair of the Residency Exchange Committee for 2001-2003, President Elect for 2003-2004, and President for 2005-2006, and finished his second four-year term in the general Assembly as Past President in 2007-2008. While chairing the Residency Exchange Committee, he supervised the writing of the first EBO Logbook and Portfolio for European residents. From 2001 until 2011, he served as one of the Coordinators and an Examiner in the Diploma Examination. Upon taking the Presidency of the EBO, he restructured the organization of the Diploma Examination together with Ivan Haefliger, then the Swiss National Delegate, Vice President, and Chair of the Education Committee. Responsibility for the local organization remained with the French who excelled in it, promoting the examination and registering the candidates became his duty, and acquiring the examiners was charged to Haefliger. This decision was the beginning of the continuing successful growth of the Diploma Examination, of course crucially supported by a multitude of later improvements to streamline and consolidate it further by all subsequent Presidents and Boards. Until 2004, the examination had steadily attracted a mere 55 to 65 candidates. Upon restructuring, the number jumped to 97 in 2005, 156 in 2006, 244 in 2007, and 284 in 2008. Later, Kivelä has served the EBO in the MCQ Workgroup in 2009-2013, in sequential Content Review Committees to harmonize the American Academy of Ophthalmology Basic and Clinical Science Course with European practice from 2015 onward, in the new Advisory Board created in 2017, and most recently as the Chair of the Statutes and Bye-Laws Revision Committee in 2020. In addition to the EBO, he has vigorously promoted collaboration between the EBO, the European Society of Ophthalmology (SOE), the European University Professors of Ophthalmology (EUPO), and the European Vision and Eye Research Association (EVER) under the banner Concordia pro visu. He was a Board member of EVER in 2001-2012 and its President in 2006, and is the current President of the European Ophthalmic Pathology Society (EOPS) from 2017 and of EUPO from 2018. At home, he is the Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Helsinki and Helsinki University Hospital, Finland, since 2004.
2020- Gordana Sunaric Mégevand, Switzerland
2019-Wagih Aclimandos, UK
2018- Costantino Bianchi, Italy
2017- Roger Hitchings, UK
2016- Jóse Luis Menezo, Spain
2015- Marie-Jose Tassignon, Belgium
2014- Jack Kanski, Poland
2013- Marko Hawlina, Slovenia
2012- Jean-Jacques De Laey, Belgium
2011- Gisele Soubrane, France
Peter Eustace Medal was established by unanimous decision of General Assembly of the European Board of Ophthalmology (EBO) in Tallinn on 20th June 2010 as a token of appreciation of the efforts of Peter Eustace from Ireland who established the first EBO diploma examination in Milan in 1995. Peter Eustace Medal is given to an ophthalmologist who has devoted long term and exceptional efforts towards upgrading education in ophthalmology in Europe.
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