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Candidate Statement - Secretary for Annual Meeting

Rubenstein_Jonathan 2012Jonathan B. Rubenstein, MD

It is a great honor to be re-nominated for the position of secretary for the Annual Meeting. Education and peer-to-peer networking have always been one of the Academy's most important endeavors and the ideal venue for these activities is at the Annual Meeting. It provides an opportunity for approximately 14,000 ophthalmologists from around the world to meet with each other and learn the latest developments in ophthalmology — ultimately enhancing their ability to provide the highest quality of care to their patients. I am very excited for the opportunity help create an outstanding Annual Meeting for our membership.

The Annual Meeting is a combination of the Subspecialty Day meetings and the Annual Meeting program, consisting of scientific sessions, posters, videos, instruction courses, special projects and the skills-transfer courses. In recent years, special efforts have been made to tailor many of the Academy courses, social and networking activities to the residents-in-training, young ophthalmologists ("YOs") and senior ophthalmologists ("SOs"). There has also been coordination with international ophthalmic societies to broaden the worldwide appeal of the Annual Meeting. Our meetings have paired with the Middle East Africa Council of Ophthalmology, the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, the European Society of Ophthalmology and the Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology in an effort to emphasize the global nature of our mission to provide optimum care to our patients.

I have been an active member of the Academy for 27 years, receiving both the Achievement and Senior Achievement Award, and have served on the Digital Media Committee, Skills Transfer Advisory Committee and the Annual Meeting Secretariat of the Academy. I chaired the Skills Transfer Advisory Committee for five years and have been the secretary for the Annual Meeting for the past three years.I am an active member of the International Society of Refractive Surgery, The Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and The Cornea Society. Although primarily in private practice, I am academically affiliated with Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where I hold the rank of Deutsch Family professor and vice chair of the department of ophthalmology and director of the cornea and refractive surgery service at Rush.At the Skokie Hospital of the North Shore University Health System, I am the director of the section of ophthalmology and am in private practice with my five excellent partners. Currently, I am an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and am a past president of the Chicago Ophthalmological Society.

My experience for the past three years as secretary for the Annual Meeting and my involvement in multiple leadership roles in the Academy and in my practice has prepared me well to continue in the position of secretary for the Annual Meeting. I look forward to helping the Academy and all of its membership by providing a first-rate Annual Meeting that continues the standard of excellence that we expect from the Academy.