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Albany Medical College Professor Named Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Opthalmology
   February 22, 2005


ALBANY, N.Y., Feb. 22, 2005 ¾ Michael W. Belin, M.D., professor of ophthalmology and director of cornea and refractive surgery at Albany Medical College, has been named a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmologists (RANZCO).  Dr. Belin is one of only four ophthalmologists in the United States to be selected as an international fellow of the college.

“I am extremely honored to have been selected for this prestigious fellowship,” Dr. Belin said. “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in RANZCO to improve the already high standard of eye care in Australia and New Zealand.” The Royal College is Australia’s and New Zealand’s equivalent of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, according to Belin.  It is the single largest professional ophthalmology association representing the two countries with approximately 1,400 members.

  The role of RANZCO is to promote the science and practice of ophthalmology through a range of scientific, clinical and professional services. One of RANZCO’s major educational programs are clinical modules developed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) called Focal Points. Dr. Belin is the immediate past editor-in-chief of Focal Points.  Because of his work with AAO, Dr. Belin was an invited speaker to the RANZCO annual meeting in 2002 in Sydney, Australia and in 2003 in Auckland, New Zealand.  Last year he represented the AAO in Melbourne. 

For further information, please contact the public relations department at Albany Medical Center at 518-262-3421.

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