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Eye M.D. Association Announces New Director of Congressional Affairs

04/05/2011   04:23:58 PM

SAN FRANCISCO—The American Academy of Ophthalmology has named Rebecca Hyder as director of congressional affairs. Hyder will lead the advancement of the Academy's federal legislative and congressional priorities through direct federal lobbying, PAC oversight and grassroots campaigns.

"Rebecca provides a proven mastery of Congressional operations and is a skilled leader in advancing the priorities of ophthalmologists and their patients," said Catherine G. Cohen, the Academy's vice president of governmental affairs.

Hyder has served as the Academy's manager of public health and manpower for the past two years. Prior to that, she worked in the House of Representatives for more than 20 years serving as legislative director and chief of staff to former Rep. Michael Bilirakis, R-Fla., senior member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and chairman of the health subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee. She also served as chief of staff to Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla.

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world's largest association of eye physicians and surgeons—Eye M.D.s—with more than 29,000 members worldwide.  Eye health care is provided by the three "O's" – opticians, optometrists and ophthalmologists. It is the ophthalmologist, or Eye M.D., who can treat it all: eye diseases and injuries, and perform eye surgery. To find an Eye M.D. in your area, visit the Academy's Web site at


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