Dr. Kara Cavuoto Receives Exceptional Mentor Award from the American Medical Women’s Association
Kara Cavuoto, M.D., assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was honored with the 2017 Exceptional Mentor Award at the American Medical Women’s Association’s 102nd annual meeting award luncheon. This award celebrates those who have made an impact on the lives of students in medicine. An “Exceptional Mentor” goes above and beyond what is required and actively reaches out to those around her to help guide them in their career path.
Dr. Cavuoto evaluates and treats patients with pediatric eye disorders, including amblyopia and strabismus, as well as adults with strabismus. In addition, Cavuoto serves as the director of medical student education in ophthalmology. In this role, she oversees all ophthalmology clerkships and pre-clinical graduate coursework and advises University of Miami medical students applying for ophthalmology residency. Cavuoto attended both college and medical school at the University of Miami as part of the Honors Program in Medicine combined BS-MD degree program. She completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital followed by ophthalmology residency and a pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. She is board certified in ophthalmology and currently practices at both the Miami and Palm Beach Gardens offices of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.
In the words of her nominator, Dr. Carla Osigian, “Dr. Cavuoto is a leader in mentorship, research, and service – both in the academic and global communities. Dr. Cavuoto’s love of teaching is evident in all that she does and makes her an invaluable part of the learning environment at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and the University of Miami. Dr. Cavuoto is a mentor for trainees at all levels in the clinic, the operating room, and in research. She is also an example in service, from the national level to the university level. Her efforts have resulted in an extremely successful match rate, with nearly 100% of students matching in this extremely competitive specialty over the past four years.”