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About the Academy
Past President

B. Thomas Hutchinson, MDB. Thomas Hutchinson, MD

Dr. Hutchinson is a past president of the Academy and past chair of the Advisory Board of the Foundation of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  He currently serves as a member of the Foundation Advisory board.

Dr. Hutchinson received his doctorate in medicine from Harvard Medical School. Following an internship at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, and two years in the U.S. Public Health Service, Dr. Hutchinson returned to Boston for a fellowship in the Howe Laboratory, Harvard Medical School, a residency in ophthalmology and a fellowship in glaucoma at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

He is a founding partner and current president of Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston, a subspecialty group practice. His practice focus is on glaucoma and cataract; his professional interests also include quality assurance, credentialing and public service programs. He is an associate clinical professor of ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and a surgeon at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.  He was also a consulting editor for the Harvard Medical School Health Newsletter for many years. Dr. Hutchinson was a founding officer and is a past-president of the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, a past-president of Prevent Blindness America- Massachusetts, and past-president of the New England Ophthalmological Society. He served for nine years as a director, one as chairman of the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society, the AMA, the American Glaucoma Society and is a past-president of the Chandler-Grant Glaucoma Society.

He has served in several capacities within the Academy, including vice-chair and chairman of the Council, the first secretary of ophthalmic practice, a board director and as president. He is the founding chairman of the Academy’s National Eye Care Project, now EyeCare America, the Foundation’s national public service program. He served as a director of the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company, an Academy subsidiary.

Dr. Hutchinson has received awards from the Academy including the Lifetime Achievement Honor Award; he was a guest of honor at the Academy’s 100th anniversary. Other honors include Man of the Year in 1998 from the New England Ophthalmological Society, a similar award from the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons in 1999, a Man of Vision award from Prevent Blindness America-Massachusetts in 2001, the Howe Medal from the Buffalo Ophthalmological Society and a Distinguished Service Award from Ophthalmology Times. He has been repeatedly cited as one of the “Best Doctors in America” by Woodward and White.

Dr. Hutchinson has been a visiting professor at multiple universities and medical centers in the United States and internationally. His curriculum vitae includes multiple original ophthalmic reports, chapters in books and editorials in major ophthalmic journals. For many years he was the director of the Harvard Postgraduate Course in Ophthalmology and for 10 years was an assistant chief editor of the AMA Archives of Ophthalmology. For more than 40 years he has maintained an active role in the teaching of medical students, residents and fellows in ophthalmology.

Dr. Hutchinson and his wife June currently reside in Boston and Newport, R.I., where they enjoy old houses and antiquing.

Direct Financial Relationships with Industry
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