I am honored to be nominated as senior secretary for ophthalmic practice.
I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in ethics politics, and economics from Yale University (1993). I earned a medical degree from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (1997) and completed my ophthalmology residency at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center (2001). I am a comprehensive ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon with Regional Eye Associates in Cherry Hill, NJ. I am also an instructor on the Cataract and Primary Eye Care Service at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.
I was drawn to the Academy’s educational and research mission as a member of the Young Ophthalmologist Committee (2002-06). During my early years in private practice, our nation’s veterans faced a threat to high quality ophthalmic care at the Veterans Health Administration. As part of the Leadership Development Program (LDP VI), I presented “Complications of Laser Surgery” with a live laser demonstration at an AAO and VETs Act Coalition symposium at the U.S. Capitol (2004). I learned the importance of patient advocacy and relationships with legislators in our mission of protecting sight. The LDP is among the Academy’s crown jewels. I developed essential skills and formed relationships with rising stars who advocate for patients across the country.
During a nearly two-decade journey, I’ve continued to serve the Academy in numerous capacities, including the AAO Revitalization Study Group (2007-08). As an AAO delegate to the American Medical Association and past president of a state society (2009), I’ve advocated on the front lines as critical issues are presented which have the potential to either protect or threaten sight. As vice chair of the AMA Ophthalmology Section Council and former chair of the AMA Young Physicians Section (2010-11), I also work with leaders across medical specialties on critical issues which affect the practice of medicine nationwide.
Recently, I served on the American Academy of Ophthalmic Executives® (AAOE) Board of Directors (2014-17). I helped develop and currently serve as program director of the Ophthalmology Business Summit. Through collaboration between physician and administrator leaders, the AAOE continues to identify objectives, amplify strength and achieve key results.
I have dedicated my professional life to being a clinician, surgeon and patient advocate. As a member of the Communications Secretariat (2013-present) and clinical spokesperson for the Academy, I’ve experienced firsthand the importance of media training and messaging across numerous platforms. Through social media, I’ve worked to educate the public on critical issues within ophthalmology and across the house of medicine.
Practice management is essential as ophthalmic practices face increasing regulatory, payer-based, and nonclinical challenges. The Academy must continue to develop cutting edge initiatives to help colleagues educate, research and innovate across practice settings and subspecialties. Executive leadership training programs will help members navigate the changing landscape. As senior secretary for ophthalmic practice, I look forward to working with fellow trustees, AAOE board members and colleagues in a shared mission of protecting sight and empowering lives.