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Senior Secretary for Clinical Education

Louis B. Cantor, MDLouis B. Cantor, MD

Prior to assuming the role of senior secretary of clinical education, Dr. Cantor served on the Academy's Committee of Secretaries as secretary for ophthalmic knowledge from 2007-2012. He is the Jay C. and Lucile L. Kahn professor and chairman of the department of ophthalmology at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

Dr. Cantor received his medical degree from the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine in 1980. He completed his internship at the St. Vincent Health Care Center in Indianapolis, his residency at the IU department of ophthalmology and a glaucoma fellowship at the Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.

Dr. Cantor joined the IU department of ophthalmology as the director of the glaucoma service in 1985. From 1986 to 1989, he also served as chief of ophthalmology at Wishard Memorial Hospital in Indianapolis. In 1996, he assumed an additional role as director of the ophthalmology residency program for the department. In 1999, he attained the rank of professor of ophthalmology and in 2009 was named chairman of the department of ophthalmology.

In his years with the department, Dr. Cantor has made significant contributions to the research, patient care and education mission of the IU department of ophthalmology. Dr. Cantor is recognized as one of the leading experts in evaluating new topical medications in glaucoma. He created and developed an extremely successful clinical research program and has received more than 30 grants and fellowships to fund his research. He and his colleague, Alon Harris, PhD, developed the Glaucoma Research and Diagnostic Center, a state-wide referral center that has become the leading facility internationally for evaluating the effects of ocular blood flow. While at Wishard Hospital, Dr. Cantor established a strong residency training program and patient care service that remains a central part of the department’s current ophthalmology residency program.

Dr. Cantor is the author of 85 articles on all aspects of ophthalmology and has given more than 250 lectures and presentations worldwide on the diagnostic and medical and surgical aspects of glaucoma care. In addition, Dr. Cantor is an active member of numerous national eye organizations, including the American Ophthalmological Society, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology. At the Academy, Dr. Cantor served on the Glaucoma BCSC committee for 10 years as a member and chair of the committee, before assuming the leadership of the BCSC. In January 2007, Dr. Cantor became the Academy's secretary for education. He has been an associate and senior associate examiner of the American Board of Ophthalmology and served as treasurer of the American Glaucoma Society. He is a former member and chair of the Residency Review Committee for Ophthalmology and also served as chair of the Council of Review Committee Chairs, on the Executive Committee and the Strategic Initiatives Committee, Committee on Innovation in the Learning Environment, and ad hoc Committee on Non-Governmental Funding of Graduate Medical Education for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Dr. Cantor currently serves on the editorial review boards of several ophthalmology journals.

Dr. Cantor is also active in local eye organizations and has served as president of both the Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology and the Indianapolis Ophthalmological Society. In 1997, he was named Ophthalmologist of the Year by the Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology. Since 1985, Dr. Cantor has been an active member of the Indianapolis-based Prevent Blindness Indiana and holds positions on their board of directors and as the chairman of the Medical Advisory Board.

For 25 years, Dr. Cantor has been associated with Goldman Union Camp Institute in Indianapolis, where he spends a week every summer as the resident medical director for the camp’s children; he has also served as chairman of the Joint Camp Authority that oversees the camp.

Dr. Cantor and his wife, Linda, a lawyer, have three children: Robert, a medical student at Indiana University; Adam, a music and biology major at Indiana University; and Lauren, who is graduating from high school with plans to enroll at Indiana University.

Direct Financial Relationships with Industry

Company and Role Amount Received
Aerie, Consultant/Advisor <$10,000
Allergan, Inc., Lecture Fees >$10,000
Liquida, Consultant/Advisor <$10,000
Mati, Consultant/Advisor and Equity Owner >$10,000
Mobius, Lecture Fees <$10,000