From its inception, the Bressler was designed to recognize excellence that had not been adequately acknowledged, although each of the Bressler Prize recipients' work was well known and highly regarded. This criterion, the superb contributions of each of the prize recipients, and the professional standing of the selection committee members have contributed to the rapidly growing prestige of the prize. The Bressler Prize recipients have received significant additional accolades subsequent to their recognition by the Bressler Prize selection committee, providing testament to the success of the prize in fulfilling its original intent. Each year, the Bressler Prize recipient is invited to join the selection committee, contributing new wisdom and fresh insight to the committee deliberations. The original committee members who remain today are Daniel M. Albert, MD, MS, Stanley Chang, MD, John T. Flynn, MD, Alan R. Morse, JD, PhD, and Paul A. Sieving, MD, PhD. In addition, John G. Clarkson, MD, Richard M. Hill, OD, PhD, J. Anthony Movshon, PhD, Ronald E. Smith, MD, J. Wayne Streilein, MD, and Joseph B. Walsh, MD, were members of the original selection committee.