January 11, 2018
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ASCRS names Stephen H. Speares as executive director

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Stephen H. Speares has been named as the next executive director of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, according to a press release.

Speares, who currently serves as the vice president for Europe and Middle East with Glaukos and previously worked for Alcon, will succeed David Karcher, who is retiring after 38 years of leading ASCRS.

“Steve’s breadth of experience, excellent leadership skills, solid understanding of ophthalmology and pioneering spirit will take ASCRS to new heights,” Karcher said in the release.

Speares will be officially introduced in his new role at the ASCRS annual meeting in April, and Karcher will stay on in an advisory role through the end of the year, the release said.

“I am excited to lead ASCRS and build on Dave’s incredible track record of leadership, dedication to ophthalmology and unwavering commitment to those in the profession,” Spears said in the release. “As we move into this new era, I look forward to leveraging the society’s founding vision, rooted in innovation, to identify new opportunities to increase the value ASCRS brings to anterior segment surgeons and the patients they serve.”