Innovator of the Year: Khaimi wins top award for glaucoma surgery advances
By: Kaelynn Knoernschild The Journal Record August 17, 2017
OKLAHOMA CITY – Mahmoud A. Khaimi walked off the stage at The Journal Record’s Innovator of the Year event on Thursday as this year’s overall award winner.
Khaimi, an ophthalmologist and clinical associate professor at the Dean McGee Eye Institute, is recognized for developing a minimally invasive glaucoma surgery called ab-interno canaloplasty. Known as ABiC, the procedure opens up the natural outflow channels of the eye to restore normal aqueous flow, without damaging tissue or leaving behind a stent or shunt.
Khaimi performed the first ABiC in 2015 and has since treated several hundred patients using the procedure.
“Based on the same principles as angioplasty, ABiC uses microcatheter technology to enlarge the eye’s natural drainage system, improving outflow and lowering eye pressure,” Khaimi said.
“This procedure provides glaucoma surgeons with a new treatment option between topical medications and traditional glaucoma surgery and its attendant risks, allowing doctors to treat patients at an earlier stage of the disease and saving more of their sight.”
Additionally, Khaimi has served on expert panels for the American Glaucoma Society and has been named to 405 Magazine‘s 2017 Best Doctors list. He is the associate lead ophthalmologist for the Oklahoma City Thunder basketball team and serves as the director of glaucoma services at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center.
“Honoring innovation is an important part of Oklahoma’s progress,” said Ted Streuli, associate publisher and editor of The Journal Record. “Over the past two decades we have recognized many great innovators, and this year was no different. Doctor Khaimi’s procedure is helping people around the world see better, and it’s helping push our state to the forefront.
“It’s an honor for The Journal Record and our sponsors to support not only Dr. Khaimi’s advancements, but those of our other honorees, all of whom have made important contributions in their fields.”
The Journal Record hosted its 20th awards ceremony celebrating business innovation in Oklahoma at the Embassy Suites Downtown Medical Center in Oklahoma City. John Scavona, vice president of sales at BIS, was the keynote speaker. BIS, a software company in Oklahoma City, was honored as the overall award winner in 2016 for its Grooper software platform, which examines how users perform document-driven processes, learning from the users to eventually take over the functions.
At the event, Bruce Carter, founder of Tall Grass Art Gallery in Pawhuska, received this year’s Creativity Award. The award winner is selected with the help of Creative Oklahoma and the award is sponsored by Francis Tuttle Technology Center. Carter is an entrepreneur, silversmith and artist who gives back to his community by taking part in various activities and organizations.
Creative Oklahoma has partnered with Innovator of the Year since 2009 to recognize Oklahomans who exemplify the creative process at work in their schools, businesses or communities, said Susan McCalmont, Creative Oklahoma president.
“This year’s awardee, Bruce Carter, has served the community of Pawhuska as a small business owner with a creative vision for economic development and life quality for the citizens of Osage County,” McCalmont said. “Over the last two years Bruce has convened community leaders, facilitated conversation and helped implement creative ideas that have led to visibility and profitability for the community.
“Bruce Carter lives each day with creativity at the forefront of his endeavors and works selflessly for the common good.”
Other 2017 Innovator of the Year finalists included:
• Agric-Bioformatics, Oklahoma City.
• Datebox, Oklahoma City.
• Digital Six Laboratories LLC, Oklahoma City.
• Draft2Digital, Oklahoma City.
• Drakewell, Oklahoma City.
• EdBooks LLC, Oklahoma City.
• Espress LLC, Oklahoma City.
• Exaptive Inc., Oklahoma City.
• Fast Inc. Network, Edmond.
• Francis Tuttle Technology Center, Oklahoma City.
• GradeScale LLC, Edmond.
• LevelOps, Oklahoma City.
• LifeSquire, Oklahoma City.
• Lynn Institute for Healthcare Research Inc., Oklahoma City.
• Martin Bionics, Oklahoma City.
• MetKnow, Tulsa.
• The Ninety10 Foundation, Edmond.
• Scissortail Data LLC, Norman.
• YukBGone, Stillwater.