BOSTON — After a busy year, outgoing American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery President Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, outlined ways in which the organization plans to improve on its success under new leadership.
Incoming ASCRS President Richard A. Lewis, MD, will play an important part in cementing the role glaucoma plays in the organization during his tenure as president, Donnenfeld said at the opening ceremonies of the annual meeting.
Speaking for Lewis, who was unable to attend the meeting, Donnenfeld said, “I’m pleased to announce that the 2015 ASCRS symposium in San Diego will be a joint meeting with the Latin American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. This is an exciting and powerful membership that will be certain to help advance our profession.”
The ASCRS Foundation will also play a major role, Donnenfeld said. Changes within the foundation include three new co-chairs: David F. Chang, MD, who will lead international efforts, Stephen S. Lane, MD, who will expand the organization’s presence in the U.S., and James V. Mazzo, who will guide industry relations, he said.
“Today the ASCRS Foundation is energized to create a national model of service providing free LASIK to our nation’s heroes, first responders and our military personnel injured in the line of duty,” Donnenfeld said.
In his tenure as president, Lewis will be supported by Robert J. Cionni, MD, as vice president, Kerry D. Solomon, MD, as treasurer and Bonnie Ann Henderson, MD, as secretary.
The ASCRS executive committee plans to build on the successes of the past year, Donnenfeld said, including the launch of the ASCRS survey targeting the opinions of 2,000 members to ensure their needs are met, a redesigned website for rapid access to information and the Resident Advanced Cataract Training program (REACT), a growing resident training day held in partnership with New York University and New York Eye and Ear that attracted more than 30 prestigious university programs this year.
“We have identified the daunting challenges we face,” Donnenfeld said. “At ASCRS, our resolve is that we cannot allow patient care to go quietly into the night. ASCRS is, and will continue to be, on the front lines making certain your voices are heard on the issues that matter most.”
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