About the Council
The Council was established in accordance with Section 7.01 of the Academy’s bylaws. Each member of the Council represents either a state or subspecialty society. The state and subspecialty/specialized interest sections meet concurrently at both the Council’s spring and fall meetings. Councilors also meet in nine smaller, regional groups.
Academy members are welcome and encouraged to attend Council meetings.
Learn more about the Fall Council Meeting.
Council Advisory Recommendations Due Feb. 1
The success of the Academy’s Council depends on your work to involve your respective constituents. The CAR process provides the best way to bring new ideas and member concerns to the attention of the Academy’s Board of Trustees.
The Council debates CARs and the issues they raise at the spring Council meeting, then forwards approved recommendations to the board. CARs have led to numerous Academy initiatives, including:
Apply for 2019 Council Leadership Positions by Feb. 15
As an outcome of Council Advisory Recommendation 15-06 (Nominations Process for Academy Leadership Roles), you can now submit your interest in Council leadership opportunities.
The 2018 Council Nominating Committees for the state and subspecialty/specialized interest sections will meet before the spring Council meeting to decide the slate of nominees. The full Council will vote on the list during the spring meeting, April 20 to 21. The following positions are available in 2018: Deputy Section Leader, Section Nominating Committee and Section Representative to the Academy Nominating Committee. Apply or nominate someone by Feb. 15.
Semi-Annual Reports Due March 1
- Each society on the Council must submit two reports a year. The reports are shared with all meeting attendees via the electronic agenda book.
- Spring 2018 reports are due March 1.
- Fall 2018 reports are due September 1.
- Download semi-annual report template and instructions.
27 Councilors Complete Their Terms in 20.
The fall Council meeting included time to recognize councilors representing 26 different societies who completed their terms on Dec. 31, 2017
Photo: Pictured left to right: back row: Peter L. Menger, MD; Anne E. Miller, MD; Brian E. Bowe, MD; Matthew Dean Kay, MD; David D. Ingvolstad, MD; Anthony J. Viti, MD; Bradley Dan Fouraker, MD; Lynn K. Gordon, MD, PhD, Council vice-chair; Mary Louise Z. Collins, MD; David A. Plager, MD; Gary S. Hirshfield, MD; Peter K. Kaiser, MD. Front row: Michael J. Elman, MD; Robert H. Janigian Jr., MD; Joanna M. Fisher, MD; Mathew W. MacCumber, MD, PhD, Council chair; Cynthia A. Bradford, MD, Academy president; Emilio A. Arce-Lopez, MD; Debra J. Shetlar, MD; William S. Clifford, MD
Not pictured: Marco A. Zarbin, MD, PhD, FACS; Louise A. Mawn, MD; Allan R. Slomovic, MD, FRCSC, MSc; Ahmad. A. Aref, MD; Lloyd M. Wilcox Jr., MD; Maria Cirone Scott, MD; James. B. Dickey, MD; Reshma Katira, MD; Woodford Van Meter, MD FACS; Kevin P. Wienkers, MD
Outgoing Council Chair; Mathew W. MacCumber, MD, PhD
Photo: Academy President Cynthia A. Bradford, MD (in blue), recognized outgoing Council chair Mathew W. MacCumber, MD, PhD (second from right) for his outstanding leadership as he concludes his term at the end of the year. Also pictured: Lynn K. Gordon, MD, PhD, vice-chair (left); Keith D. Carter, MD, FACS, 2018 Academy president (right)
Secretariat for State Affairs 2017 Hall of Fame Award
Photo: During the Council of Advocates session, John R. Stechschulte, MD (center), received the Secretariat for State Affairs 2017 Hall of Fame Award for his long-term advocacy efforts, particularly his mentorship and engagement of young ophthalmologists in advocating for their patients and profession. Pictured with him: Kurt F. Heitman, MD, Academy secretary for State Affairs (left), and Daniel J. Briceland, MD, Academy senior secretary for advocacy.