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About the Academy
Vice Chair, The Council

Dr Mathew MacCumber WebMathew W. MacCumber, MD, PhD

Mathew W. MacCumber, MD, PhD, currently serves as vice chair of the Council

He completed an AB at Princeton University and an MD and PhD in neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He served as a resident and the assistant chief of service at the Wilmer Eye Institute. His retina training was under Robert Machemer, MD, at the Duke University Eye Center, where he received the Heed and  Ronald G. Michels fellowships. In 1996, Dr. MacCumber joined Illinois Retina Associates and Rush University Medical Center, where he now holds the positions of professor and associate chairman for research for the department of ophthalmology. He completed the Academy's Leadership Development Program, has served as the delegate to the American Medical Association and as a councilor to the Council both from the American Society of Retina Specialists. He serves on the board of the ASRS and the Macula Society, and is the vice president of the Chicago Ophthalmological Society.

Dr. MacCumber has served as an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and, from 2006 thru 2013, directed the vitreoretinal fellowship program at Rush University Medical Center and Illinois Retina Associates. He has received the Academy's Achievement Award (2004); ASRS; Honor Award and the Senior Honor Award (2005, 2009) and two Academy Secretariat Awards for education and advocacy (2008).

Dr. MacCumber has personally authored or co-authored over 45 peer-reviewed articles and nine book chapters, and edited the text Management of Ocular Injuries and Emergencies.He has served as principal investigator for more than12 multicenter clinical trials, including the NIH-funded Submacular Surgery Trials, the Studies of the Ocular Complications of AIDS and several protocols for the Diabetic Clinical Research Network. Current research interests include new pharmacologic treatments for age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and uveitis.

Dr. MacCumber lives in Chicago with his wife Judith Weinstein, MA, MPH, and their sons David and Ethan. Their daughter, Abigail, attends Scripps College in Claremont, Calif. In his free time, Dr. MacCumber enjoys tennis, skiing and spending time with his family.

Direct Financial Relationships with Industry

Company and Role Amount Received
Allergan, Inc., Consultant/Advisor <$10,000
Carl Zeiss, Inc., Consultant/Advisor <$10,000
Genentech, Inc., Consultant/Advisor <$10,000
Optos, Inc., Consultant/Advisor <$10,000
Regeneron, Inc. Consultant/Advisor <$10,000
ThromboGenics, Consultant/Advisor >$10,000