Andrew Prince, MD
Although it is certainly both an honor and privilege to have been nominated as trustee-at-large to the Academy's Board of Trustees, it is also a responsibility that I am pleased to accept. To represent our rank and file at this critical and unprecedented time, when government, the insurance industry and allied health professions, to name a few, threaten the very existence of our profession and ability to care for patients, requires leadership, experience and a clear understanding of the issues that confront us. I believe that I will bring all these qualities to the Academy Board.
As both a subspecialist in glaucoma and member of the American Glaucoma Society, as well as a general ophthalmologist, I am keenly aware of the challenges that we all face regardless of how we practice. I have spent many years training our residents, allowing me to be quite familiar with the issues facing residency programs as well.
I have been a member of the board of directors of the New York State Ophthalmological Society for the past 20 years, in addition to having served as its president, as well as a two term councilor to the Academy. Since completing the Academy's Leadership Development Program, I have been a member of the Committee for State Governmental Affairs and subsequently the associate secretary for state affairs. Most recently, I have been a member of our OPHTHPAC Committee during its merger with the Congressional Advocacy Committee. Additionally, I have been a member of the Advocacy and Government Relations Subcommittee of the American Glaucoma Society's Patient Care Committee.
I am a clinical associate professor of ophthalmology at New York University College of Medicine, senior attending surgeon at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and attending at The Hackensack University Medical Center. These affiliations have made me quite familiar with the continuous challenges we face to medical education, residency training, community-based medicine, specialty hospitals and large hospital systems.
My experience with my state ophthalmological and medical societies, as well as OPHTHPAC, has educated me about the real and potential effects of local, state and federal governments on our specialty.
My goal as trustee-at-large would be to represent all members of our Academy. To accomplish this, I commit myself to actively seeking information regarding what the membership is thinking and feeling and what issues must be addressed on a short-term and long-term basis. It is my goal to bring the experience I've acquired serving my state society and the Academy in a wide range of important roles, training residents and practicing ophthalmology for the last 27 years in a dramatically changing environment to the board. In addition, I will dedicate myself to continuing the Academy's leadership role nationally as well as globally.
I am excited about this opportunity to serve our membership. I fully appreciate the obligation of the trustee-at-large position, and I intend to listen and respond to the concerns of our diverse community of physicians. I thank you for your consideration and support.