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Chief Medical Editor, EyeNet

Richard P Mills, MDRichard P Mills, MD

Dr. Mills has been an integral part of the Academy's leadership for the past two decades, from serving on the Board of Trustees in the 80s and 90s as secretary for public and professional information to being elected the Academy’s president in 1995. Among the numerous Academy positions Dr. Mills has held are: delegate to the AMA House of Delegates; chair of the Bylaws and Rules Committee, member of the Committee of Secretaries, and chair of the Academy Foundation EyeCare America Seniors EyeCare Committee. His most visible current roles are the chief medical editor of EyeNet Magazine and chair of the Steering Committee for EyeCare America.

Dr. Mills received his medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine in 1968 and completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Washington, and a glaucoma fellowship at the University of British Columbia. In 1999 he completed a master’s degree in public health at the University of Washington.

He is active on numerous committees, professional boards and educational task forces. He just retired from eight years' service as a director of the American Board of Ophthalmology and delegate to the American Board of Medical Specialties. He is a governing Council member of the American Ophthalmological Society and has served as vice chair for the Residency Review Committee for Ophthalmology at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. He has also served as secretary of the American Glaucoma Society.

After serving on the faculty at the University of Washington for more than 20 years, becoming acting chair of ophthalmology, Dr. Mills took the position of professor and chair of the department of ophthalmology at the University of Kentucky. In 2003, he returned to Seattle in private glaucoma practice and continues to serve the University of Washington as clinical professor.