Join us at the 3rd Annual Night for Sight Gala Fundraiser!
Support and connect with us during an evening of fundraising for our sight-saving programs with a silent auction, music, cocktails, and dinner.
Last year, through the generosity and support of patrons, sponsors, and donors, the funds raised helped us vision screen 11,150 children and provide 22 adult vision clinics.
We will also be honoring our 2019 Person of Vision: Dr. Rusty Rodts.
Born in Wichita, Kansas, Gerald (Rusty) E. Rodts Jr, MD attended Princeton University where he majored in biology and played varsity baseball. Dr. Rodts received his medical degree from The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University in New York, completed residency at UCLA, and finished a post-graduate spine fellowship at Emory University. In 2005, he joined his orthopaedic spine colleagues in the Emory Spine Center. Currently, Dr. Rodts is Chief of the Division of Spine Surgery in the Emory Department of Neurosurgery, Emory School of Medicine, and the Chief of Neurosurgery Service at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
Specializing in general and complex spine surgery, Dr. Rodts' clinical interests in spine include computer-assisted image-guided spine surgery, degenerative conditions, tumors, rheumatoid arthritic conditions of the cervical spine, revision spine surgery, spinal implant design, traumatic injuries, and education and training. He has served as President of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS), President of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)/CNS Joint Section on Disorders of the Spine and Peripheral Nerves, Scientific Chairman of the CNS, Joint Spine Section, and President of the Georgia Neurosurgical Society.
Every year since 2005, Dr. Rodts has received the Castle Connolly Research Award as a Top Neurosurgeon in the United States and has been named one of Atlanta Magazine's Top Neurosurgeons. He was the recipient of the 2019 Hugh McLeod Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Rodts is a Neuro-trauma Consultant to the National Football League and a consultant to the Department of Justice. He is also on the editorial boards of several neurosurgery/spine journals. Known for his compassionate bedside manner and professionalism, Dr. Rodts is also an avid baseball and football fan and enjoys surfing, reading, and attending his kids’ extra-curricular activities.