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Ruth D. Williams, MD, Begins Term as President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

01/31/2012   08:30:00 AM

SAN FRANCISCORuth D. Williams, MD, a nationally-recognized medical leader, began her term as the 115th president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology earlier this month. Dr. Williams also serves as president of the Wheaton Eye Clinic, located in Chicago's western suburbs. With more than 130,000 patient visits each year, Wheaton is one of the largest ophthalmology clinics in the Midwest. Dr. Williams specializes in glaucoma care. 

As president of the Academy, Dr. Williams will build upon extensive leadership experience with the Academy and other medical organizations. She served on the Academy's Board of Trustees for the past year as president-elect, as secretary for member services from 2005-10, and as trustee-at-large from 2000-04. She also led the Academy's young ophthalmologist program.

"I am honored to serve as the Academy's president," said Dr. Williams. "Ophthalmologists take pride in our ability to innovate to meet evolving demands. Today we offer our patients treatments that are more effective than ever for improving and protecting their vision. At the same time, healthcare reform presents uncertainties and challenges to our profession and our patients; however, I am confident that we can continue to provide excellent patient care even as we improve efficiencies."

"The Academy welcomes Dr. Williams' leadership strengths and talent for building community among physicians of diverse backgrounds," said David W. Parke II, MD, CEO of the Academy. "She brings invaluable strategic insight on key issues, such as how ophthalmologists can best position eye care services in relation to integrated health systems."

Dr. Williams attended medical school at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago. She interned at West Suburban Hospital Medical Center in Oak Park, IL, and completed a residency in ophthalmology at California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. She also completed glaucoma fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine and at Shaffer Associates in San Francisco.  

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