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Editor of Ophthalmology

George B. Bartley, MDGeorge B. Bartley, MD

Prior to serving as editor of Ophthalmology, Dr. Bartley served as a trustee-at-large on the board of trustees. He is also the Louis and Evelyn Krueger professor of ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic and emeritus CEO of Mayo Clinic Florida.

Dr. Bartley received a bachelor's degree. at Miami University in 1978 and his medical degree at the Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1981. After internship in Columbus, he pursued residency training in ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic and subspecialty training in ophthalmic plastic and orbital surgery at Wright State University. Bartley joined the department of ophthalmology at Mayo Clinic Rochester in 1986. He was appointed department chair in 1992 and served in that role until 2001, when he was elected to the Mayo Clinic Rochester Board of Governors. The following year, he was appointed as CEO of Mayo’s operations in Florida.

During Dr. Bartley’s term as CEO, Mayo Clinic Florida built a state-of-the-art hospital, doubled extramural funding for research, significantly exceeded fundraising targets and achieved the highest patient satisfaction scores of any Mayo site. During 2008, Dr. Bartley served as vice president for quality for Mayo Clinic nationwide. Non-medical activities included membership on the Florida Council of 100, an advisory body appointed by the governor of 100 business leaders.

Dr. Bartley resumed his surgical practice at Mayo Clinic Rochester in 2009. The author or coauthor of more than 200 publications, Bartley’s most notable works are his thesis for the American Ophthalmological Society on the epidemiology of Graves’ ophthalmopathy and his thesis for the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery on lacrimal drainage obstruction. His writings have ranged from baseball to gardening to the blindness of the poet John Milton to the ideas of the philosopher Francis Bacon. Bartley has served as the editor-in-chief of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and as an editorial board member of Ophthalmology, the American Journal of Ophthalmology, and the Archives of Ophthalmology. Bartley is a director emeritus of the American Board of Ophthalmology, past chair of the Council of the American Ophthalmological Society, and past president of the Cogan Ophthalmic History Society.

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