Gregory P. Kwasny, MD
Dr. Kwasny currently serves on the Committee of Secretaries as the secretary for federal affairs.Over the years, he has served ophthalmology in several capacities.After serving as the president of the Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology, he was elected to serve as that state's representative on the American Academy of Ophthalmology Council in 1988. After serving two terms, he was appointed to the Academy's Federal Economic Policy Committee in 1994.He became chairman of that committee in 1996 and served in that capacity until being appointed to the Health Policy Committee in 1998. As a member of that committee, he served as the Academy's representative to the AMA's Practice Expense Advisory Committee.
Dr. Kwasny also served as ophthalmology's alternate representative to the AMA's Relative Value-Scale Update Committee (RUC).In 2004 he was appointed chair of the Health Policy Committee, and in 2006 became the Academy's representative to the RUC.The whole RUC advisory team, including Dr. Kwasny, was given a Special Recognition Award from the Academy in 2007. He continues to represent ophthalmology at the RUC and CMS, with a special interest in the practice-expense portion of medicare reimbursement policy.
A native Hoosier, Dr. Kwasny received his doctor of medicine degree from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1970.After a year of internship at The Cleveland Clinic, he completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1974.He spent two years on active duty in the Air Force at Carswell AFB, near Fort Worth, from 1974 to 1976.He became board certified in 1976, and fellow of the American College of Surgeons in 1978. Upon completion of his military service, he returned to the Milwaukee area and began private solo practice.
He has been active in the teaching of residents for more than 30 years at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Veteran's Administration Hospital. He was appointed clinical professor in 1998.He was honored with the Marvin Wagner Preceptor Award in 2008. He has been selected by the residents to receive the volunteer faculty teaching award multiple times.In 2001, he was selected as the MCW's "Eye Alumnus of the Year." He has been included as one of the area's "best doctors" by Milwaukee Magazine four times in succession.He was active in teaching at the Lancaster Course in ophthalmology in Waterville, Maine, for 15 years.
In 1995, Dr. Kwasny was given the Academy's Honor Award. He received the secretariat's award in 2002, and the Senior Achievement Award in 2008.He is a past president of the Milwaukee Ophthalmological Society and was given its Recognition Award in 2010.
Outside of ophthalmology, he maintains currency as a commercial pilot and certified flight instructor.He has been a pilot for more than 40 years, and is qualified to fly several different types of aircraft, including seaplanes and gliders.More recently, he has become a disciple of Norm Abram from Public Television's This Old House and The New Yankee Workshop.It was Dr. Kwasny's great pleasure to nominate Norm for the Academy's first EyeSmart Award. In his home workshop, Dr. Kwasny builds projects and furniture for family and friends, as well as helping his grandkids build some of their own toys.