I am deeply honored to be nominated as the Vice Chair of the Council, where I currently represent the American College of Surgeons (ACS). During my service on the Council, we have been faced with many challenges, including the increased burden of documentation and regulation, reimbursement cuts, payment reforms, scope of practice expansion by non-ophthalmologists, among others. In dealing with these challenges, I believe that many opportunities have also arisen for the Academy. We have become more united, committed, and innovative in our approach and strategies to protect our patients and profession. If elected, I will continue this momentum and commitment and be the members' voice on the Board.
My career journey in academic medicine has given me an insight into and understanding of maintaining excellence and balance in patient care, research, and education. Currently, I am professor of ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin where my practice focuses on medical and surgical management of glaucoma in adults and children.
As a graduate of the Academy’s Leadership Development Program, I have been actively involved with many of its educational and leadership initiatives. I served as the Lead Section Editor for Glaucoma for EyeWiki, the Academy’s first online ophthalmic encyclopedia (2010-2016). This important educational resource is expected to exceed 7 million annual views in 2017. I currently serve as the Glaucoma Editor for Focal Points, the most heavily subscribed CME publication of the Academy. While working on the Digital Media Committee (2009-2014), we completed the first glaucoma surgical DVD to keep glaucoma surgeons up to date with surgical advances and skills. As a Glaucoma Compass Committee member (2007-2014), I contributed didactic CME material to sustain professional competence. I have represented the AAO as the Young Surgeon Representative to the ACS- Advisory Council for Ophthalmic Surgery (2008-2013). I have also been a strong advocate for my patients and colleagues at both state and federal levels and have regularly visited legislators. As for my contributions to the Academy, I have received the Senior Achievement Award (2017), Award for Exemplary Contributions as Glaucoma Section Lead Editor of EyeWiki (2016 and 2010), Special Recognition Award (2013), Secretariat Award (2011), Achievement Award (2011), Leadership Development Award (2010), and Leo Award (2008).
Other leadership positions have been service on the board of directors of the Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology, Wisconsin Academy of Ophthalmology, Commission on Accreditation of Ophthalmic Medical Programs, and Women in Ophthalmology. I have served as a program chair for 10 state society annual meetings. I have been working on the Patient Care Committee, Annual Meeting Program Planning Committee, and as a Commissioner to JCAHPO for the American Glaucoma Society. I have also contributed to the American Board of Ophthalmology (Glaucoma Exam Development Committee, Content Outline Committee, and as an oral board examiner).
I would be honored to use my knowledge, experience, skill sets, and a broad perspective in understanding the needs of each organization’s membership and in facilitating communication and coordination between them and the Academy’s Board. I look forward to contributing further as the Vice Chair of the Council.