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Leadership Development Program

Program Participants
About the Program
Program Goals
Corporate Support
This Year's Program
Program Recognition
Nomination Submissions
Additional Information

Program Participants
The Academy congratulates the following Eye M.D.s who have been selected to participate in the Leadership Development Program Class of 2014 (LDP XVI):

Adams_Kenneth Kenneth Adams, DO
Albuquerque, N.M.
New Mexico Academy of Ophthalmology
Batra_Vineet V. Nicholas Batra, MD
San Leandro, Calif.
California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
Bradley_Anika Anika G. Bradley, MD
Winston-Salem, N.C.
South Carolina Society of Ophthalmology
Chan_Paul_Web only R.V. Paul Chan, MD
New York, N.Y.
Retina Society
Ciralsky_Jessica Jessica B. Ciralsky, MD
New York, N.Y.
Cornea Society
Dimmig_Jason Jason W. Dimmig, MD
Bend, Ore.
Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology
Engel_Kevin Kevin C. Engel, MD
Minneapolis, Minn.
Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology
Fry_Eric Eric L. Fry, MD
Garden City, Kan.
Kansas Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
Gallo_Jeffrey Jeffrey P. Gallo, MD
Worcester, Mass.
Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
Girkin_Christopher Christopher A. Girkin, MD
Birmingham, Ala.
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Harper_Thomas Thomas W. Harper, MD
Louisville, Ky.
Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons
Jacobs_Michael  Michael S. Jacobs, MD
Bogart, Ga.
Georgia Society of Ophthalmology
Kishor_Krishna Krishna S. Kishor, MD
Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Florida Society of Ophthalmology
Lesko_Cecily Cecily A. Lesko, MD FACS
Clifton, N.J.
New Jersey Academy of Ophthalmology
Merbs_Shannath  Shannath L. Merbs, MD, PhD, FACS
Baltimore, Md.
American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Recontructive Surgery
Motley_WWalker  W. Walker Motley, MS, MD
Cincinnati, Ohio
Ohio Ophthalmological Society
Pham_NamTram NamTran H. Pham, MD
Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Asia Pacific Academy of Ophthalmology / Vietnam Ophthalmology Society
Stone_Donald Donald Stone, MD
Oklahoma City, Okla.
Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology
Thliveris_Andy  Andrew T. Thliveris, MD, PhD
Madison, Wis.
Association of Veterans Affairs Ophthalmologists
Wong_William  William K. Wong Jr., MD
Aiea, Hawaii
Hawaii Ophthalmological Society


About the Program
Each spring, state, subspecialty and specialized interest ophthalmology societies are invited to nominate an Eye M.D. member to participate in the program. About 18 to 20 program participants are selected from the nominations submitted. Over the course of their year in the program, participants attend four education sessions that address a variety of leadership, advocacy and association governance topics.

Program Goals
The goals of the Academy's Leadership Development Program include:

  • Identifying ophthalmologists with the potential to become leaders in ophthalmology societies.
  • Providing orientation and skill development to developing leaders in order to promote ophthalmology locally and nationally.
  • Facilitating the promotion of program graduates into leadership positions both locally and nationally.


Corporate Support
Since the program's inception, the Academy has had the support of ophthalmic industry in implementing the Leadership Development Program. Over the course of the program's existence, industry partners have included ALCON, Allergan, AMO, Bausch & Lomb, Becton Dickenson, Genentech, Merck, Pfizer Ophthalmics and Santen. The Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company (OMIC) has also provided support. The Academy recognizes these industry partners and OMIC for their collaboration in developing future leaders in ophthalmology.

This Year's Program
LDPXVI participants began the Leadership Development Program with an orientation session in conjunction with the 2013 Annual Meeting in New Orleans. They will next visit the Academy's San Francisco headquarters and participate in an interactive two-and-a-half day meeting in January 2014. A session in April 2014 at the Academy's Mid-Year Forum in Washington, D.C., will focus on developing participants' advocacy skills. Participants will graduate at a final session at the Academy's 2014 Joint Meeting with the European Society of Ophthalmology in Chicago. 

During the its 2013 Annual Meeting in New Orleans, the Academy sponsored a global LDP alumni reception for participants and graduates of the Academy's Leadership Development Program, as well as participants and graduates of the national and supranational LDP programs from Latin America, Europe, the Middle East/Africa, Asia and India.


Program Recognition
Each year the Academy president requests approval by the Board of Trustees of his/her selection of honored guests to be formally recognized at the Opening Session of the Academy's Annual Meeting. In 2013, Academy President Paul Sternberg Jr., MD selected and the Board of Trustees approved the Academy's Leadership Development Program as the 2013 Special Recognition Award recipient. The Special Recognition Award is presented to an individual, group or organization for outstanding service in a specific effort or cause that improves the quality of eye care.  Dr. Sternberg invited LDP participants and graduates to attend the Opening Session of the Academy's 2013 Annual Meeting in New Orleans as honored guests to receive the Special Recognition Award.

The Leadership Development Program was honored by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) as a trophy winner in its 2001 Gold Circle Awards program for excellence and innovation in association management, and was recognized in ASAE’s April 2002 edition of Association Management magazine.

Nomination Submissions
Each spring, the Leadership Development Program solicits nominations for the upcoming program year. State, subspecialty and specialized interest ophthalmic societies are invited to nominate a member who has demonstrated a commitment to his or her society and who has shown potential to become a leader of that organization. The Selection Committee began soliciting nominations for LDP XVII, class of 2015, in March 2014.

Additional Information
For more information about the Academy's Leadership Development Program, see the online brochure (PDF 106KB), or contact Gail Schmidt, director of Ophthalmic Society Relations.