Daniel M. Jacobson Memorial Lecture

Established in 2007, the Daniel M. Jacobson Memorial Lecture honors a man who accomplished a rare trifecta of scholarship: 1) the selection of topics of clinical importance; 2) the use of impeccable research methods; and 3) the production of superbly written publications. The Jacobson Lecture honors the memory and legacy of our colleague Daniel M. Jacobson, M.D. (1956-2003).  Dan was an outstanding teacher and brilliant clinician with an inquiring mind.  During his lifetime, he published over 70 papers, many as the sole author.  His astute clinical observations greatly influenced the practice of neuro-ophthalmology.  He was a true colleague and friend, respected for his integrity and humility.  The Jacobson lecture is a tribute to these qualities. 

Award:  Lecture presented at the NANOS meeting on the topic of lecturer’s choice, plaque, honorarium

Publication:  Option to publish lecture content in the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology (submit by June for publication in the September issue)


  • A Fellow or International Fellow of NANOS in good standing
  • Demonstrates excellence in clinical neuro-ophthalmology
  • Advances the field of neuro-ophthalmology with publications that impact clinical practice
  • Shows commitment to NANOS and/or the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology based on current or previous involvement, e.g., committee service, task force member, officer, editorial board
  • An outstanding educator and speaker
  • Displays collegiality and integrity


The Jacobson Lecture Selection subcommittee makes a recommendation to the NANOS Executive Board for approval by January of calendar year preceding the lecture. 

Past Recipients 

2024 Recipient
Valerie Purvin, MD - Moving from Not Knowing to Knowing

2023 Recipient
Grant T. Liu, MD - Pediatric Pseudotumor Cerebri Syndrome: A Journey

2021 Recipient
Fiona Costello, MD - The Power of Connection 

2020 Recipient
Steven Galetta, MD - Optic Neuritis: Past, Present and Future

2019 Recipient
Nancy J. Newman, MD - Leber hereditary optic neuropathy: from bedside to bench to bedside

2018 Recipient
Jonathan C. Horton, MD, PhD - Vascular supply of the occipital lobe explains why certain patterns of visual field loss from embolic stroke are common and others are prohibited

2017 Recipient
Randy Kardon, MD, PhD - Going with the Flow

2016 Recipient
Neil Miller, MD - Optic Nerve Gliomas: Where have we been, Where are we now, and where are we going?

2015 Recipient
Thomas Slamovits, MD - Neuroendocrine Tumors In Neuro-Opthalmology

2014 Recipient
Leonard Levin, MD, PhD - Seeking Sense in Cecocentral Scotomas: Three Questions and Four Answers

2013 Recipient
H. Stanley Thompson, MD - Neuro-Ophthalmology at Iowa

2012 Recipient
Jonathan Trobe, MD, PhD - The Lasting Scientific Contributions of Dr. Daniel Jacobson

2011 Recipient
Kathleen Digre, MD - Neuro-Ophthalmologic Disorders in Pregnancy

2010 Recipient
Deborah Friedman, MD, MPH - IIH with Dan, and Beyond

2009 Recipient
Robert Daroff, MD - Reflections and Advice from an Aging Academic

2008 Recipient
James J. Corbett, MD - Familial Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension

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