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Secretary for Ophthalmic Knowledge

Christopher J. Rapuano, MDChristopher J. Rapuano, MD

Dr. Rapuano is the Secretary for Ophthalmic Knowledge. He is a past chair of the Cornea Preferred Practice Patterns Committee, the Basic Clinical Science Course #13 Refractive Surgery Committee and the Cornea Section of the Annual Meeting Program Committee. Dr. Rapuano has also served on the Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee and is on the EyeNet Editorial Advisory Board. He is a recipient of the Academy's Honor Award, Senior Honor Award and three Secretariat Awards. 

Dr. Rapuano is currently the Director of Cornea Service and Co-Director of the Refractive Surgery Department at Wills Eye Institute and Professor of Ophthalmology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Originally from northern New Jersey, Dr. Rapuano joined the Cornea Service at Wills after completing his Cornea fellowship in 1991. He was instrumental in reintroducing refractive surgery to Wills at that time. Dr. Rapuano is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in corneal diseases, with a special interest in refractive surgery. He has published several books, numerous book chapters and over 150 articles in the peer-reviewed literature on corneal diseases, refractive surgery and excimer laser PTK surgery. During his ophthalmology residency, Dr. Rapuano co-authored a best-selling textbook in ophthalmology, The Wills Eye Manual, which is currently in its sixth edition. He is also the series editor for the Wills Eye Color Atlas Series, which is currently in its second edition. 

In addition to his work with the Academy, Dr. Rapuano is a consultant for the FDA Ophthalmic Devices Panel and serves on the editorial boards of several peer-reviewed ophthalmology journals including Cornea, Expert Review of Ophthalmology and Current Opinion in Ophthalmology. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Yearbook of Ophthalmology. He is currently the President Elect of the Cornea Society and is a past Scientific Program chair. He is a member of the American Ophthalmological Society.

Dr. Rapuano lives with his wife, Sara, and their four children in the Philadelphia suburbs. Sara has an MBA from the Wharton School and is involved in practice administration and does medical billing, practice management, ASC and hospital consulting.