• Elections

  • Active voting fellows and members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology may participate in the annual election for officers and trustees-at-large on the Board of Trustees and for proposed amendments to the Academy’s governance documents. The election occurs each fall following the Annual Business Meeting and votes may be cast by mail or electronically. Voting members must be in good standing at the time of ballot distribution or have completed the membership enrollment process before the balloting period opens.

    2015 Election - Nominees for Board of Trustees

    On Jan. 1, 2016, six elected Board of Trustees positions will become vacant. Elections to fill those positions will take place by hybrid (mail and online) ballot after the November 15 annual business meeting in Las Vegas. To nominate a candidate by petition for the 2016 board, submit a written petition to the Academy's CEO no later than Sept. 16. The petition must be signed by at least 50 voting Academy members and fellows.

    In accordance with Academy bylaws, notice is hereby given of the following nominations for the 2016 Board of Trustees as approved by the Board of Trustees at their June meeting. The nominees for Chair and Vice Chair of the Council were nominated by the Council during their April 2015 meeting.


    President-Elect: Cynthia A. Bradford, MD
    Candidate Statement

    Senior Secretary for Clinical Education: Louis B. Cantor, MD
    Candidate Statement

    Trustee-at-Large: Michael F. Chiang, MD
    Candidate Statement

    Trustee-at-Large: Cynthia Mattox, MD
    Candidate Statement

    Council Chair: Mathew W. MacCumber, MD, PhD
    Candidate Statement

    Council Vice Chair: Lynn K. Gordon, MD, PhD
    Candidate Statement

    2015 Proposed ByLaw Amendments

    View Amendments to the ByLaws, Procedural Rules and Code of Ethics.

    E-mail questions relating to the nomination process or the election to nominate@aao.org.

    Board Appointments:

    During the June 2015 Board of Trustees meeting, Lihteh Wu, MD was appointed for a three-year term as International Trustee-at-Large and will begin his term on January 1, 2016.

  • Who Can Vote?

    Only Active Fellows, Active Osteopathic Fellows, Life Fellows, Life Osteopathic Fellows, Active Members and Life Members are eligible to vote in Academy elections. 

    Vote Online

    Voting fellows and members who have not voted electronically in previous elections will receive an online opt-in email in the Fall. Those who choose to opt-in to the online ballot or who have voted online in previous elections, will receive their electronic voting materials via email on November 16, 2015. Emails will be sent to the email address listed in the Academy’s membership database.

    Those who did not opt-in and received a paper ballot may still vote online by following the instructions listed on the paper ballot form.

    Vote by Mail

    Paper ballot packets will be mailed to all voting fellows and members (who have not chosen to vote online) on Monday, November 16, 2015. The packet will consist of a ballot, Voting Guide and a business-reply envelope. The Academy’s election agent must receive the ballot by December 15, 2015. Late ballots will not be considered.

    Duplicate Votes
    Voting fellows and members may vote only once. If a voter submits their ballot online and by mail, only the mail ballot will be counted.