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Candidate Statement - Council Chair

Warn_Ann 2012Ann A. Warn, MD, MBA

I have been honored to serve as vice chair of the Council for the last two years and greatly appreciate the opportunity to be the nominee for chair of the Council. 

The past two years have been a tremendous learning experience. Despite the uncertainty that faces medicine today, I feel confident that the Academy will continue to serve, meet and exceed the needs of our members. The Academy offers a wide array of member services from advocacy, to practice management, to extensive educational opportunities. The success of the Academy hinges on being responsive to its members, and the voice of the membership is conveyed through the Council. I consider it a privilege to be part of this amazing group. Many of the top programs in the Academy have started as Council Advisory Recommendation debates in the Council.

I have been a comprehensive ophthalmologist with the Dean A. McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma for 19 years. During this time, I have had the opportunity to serve my community and my state, as well as our profession. Locally, I have served on boards for several organizations, including a university foundation board. In addition, I spent nine years on the Oklahoma State Board of Health, overseeing the public health system of Oklahoma. Professionally, I have been involved with the Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology since the beginning of my career. I served in various state society offices, including councilor and two years as president. I have also been privileged to serve in various capacities with the Academy, including the Council, the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives Board of Directors, the OphthPAC Committee and the OMIC Board of Directors. I feel confident that this array of experience will be beneficial as chair of the Council.

Very few medical professional societies have a body such as the Council, where the views of the members can be conveyed to its governing body. I believe it is this opportunity that keeps the Academy strong. Working with Russell Van Gelder, MD, for the past two years has been wonderful, and my hope is to continue the tradition of a strong voice for the Council while promoting open debate and communication.

Thank you for considering me for the position of chair of the Council.