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  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Appoints Stephen D. McLeod, M.D. as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal, Ophthalmology

    Renowned clinician, researcher and editor to lead the most-read clinical publication in medical eye care

    SAN FRANCISCO – The American Academy of Ophthalmology today announced the appointment of Stephen D. McLeod, M.D. as Editor-in-Chief of its official journal, Ophthalmology. Dr. McLeod is a highly respected clinician, researcher and editor who brings significant experience to the role of overseeing the most widely read clinical publication within the medical specialty of ophthalmology.

    Dr. McLeod brings extensive publishing experience to Ophthalmology, having served for 20 years on the editorial board and as associate editor for the American Medical Association’s journal for ophthalmology research, the Archives of Ophthalmology, and on the editorial board of its successor, JAMA Ophthalmology. He is also on the editorial board for the Journal of Refractive Surgery. A noted researcher himself, Dr. McLeod has been published more than 100 times in the peer-reviewed literature. He will assume his new role effective Jan. 1, succeeding George A. Bartley, M.D.

    “Stephen McLeod is a tremendous clinician-scientist with a deep personal commitment to the critical role of our profession’s flagship journal in helping to frame and address the most important issues of our time,” said David W. Parke, II, M.D., CEO of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.  “Dr. McLeod is a respected leader of one of our country’s most distinguished academic departments. “I’m sure he will bring that same energy, integrity, and commitment to excellence to Ophthalmology

    “I would also like to underscore the many contributions of George Bartley during his tenure as Editor-in-Chief.  We wish him the very best in his new role as Executive Director of the American Board of Ophthalmology.”

    Dr. McLeod is the Theresa M. and Wayne M. Caygill M.D. Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California San Francisco. He specializes in refractive surgery, cataract and corneal disease. In his research, he has focused on infectious keratitis and intraocular device development.

    He earned a medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md. After completing an ophthalmology residency at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois, Chicago, he completed fellowship training in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery at the University of Southern California's Doheny Eye Institute.

    He is extremely active in his profession, currently serving as the Academy’s Secretary for Quality of Care. He is also on the board of directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology and the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation. Dr. McLeod is a member of the Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration and is a member of the National Advisory Eye Council of the National Institutes of Health.

    “With the help of a worldwide community of investigators, reviewers and editors, Ophthalmology has evolved to become the dominant forum for dissemination of the very best evidence we have today for clinical practice in ophthalmology,” said Dr. McLeod. “I very much look forward to working with this community to advance research and clinical care for our patients around the globe.”

    About the American Academy of Ophthalmology

    The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. A global community of 32,000 medical doctors, we protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public. We innovate to advance our profession and to ensure the delivery of the highest-quality eye care. Our EyeSmart® program provides the public with the most trusted information about eye health. For more information, visit

    About Ophthalmology

    Ophthalmology®, the official journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, publishes original, peer-reviewed, clinically applicable research. Topics include the results of clinical trials, new diagnostic and surgical techniques, treatment methods, technology assessments, translational science reviews and editorials. For more information, visit