• 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

    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.