Anne L. Coleman
SAN FRANCISCO — Continuing to use the IRIS Registry and providing care for Americans with treatable vision impairments and avoidable blindness are key goals for the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 2020, according to a speaker here.
Anne L. Coleman, MD, PhD, delivered the president-elect address during the opening session of the AAO annual meeting.
“I have a deep appreciation and admiration to all of you, my colleagues and friends, who work tirelessly to diagnose and treat eye diseases, to find new ways to prevent or limit visual impairment, and to reduce its impact on the health of our patients,” Coleman said.
Coleman will take office in 2020 after current president George A. Williams, MD, ends his term.
The AAO will continue its emphasis on improving quality of care through its educational resources, preferred practice patterns and the IRIS Registry, she said.
The IRIS Registry currently includes 60.78 million unique patients as of Sept. 1, 2019, and 75% of ophthalmologists contribute to the registry. Each ophthalmologist examines a median 2,406 patients and a mean 2,583 patients per year, she said.
“With the collaboration of many talents and mutual commitment, I look forward to working together with all of you, my colleagues and my friends, to protect sight and empower lives,” Coleman said. – by Robert Linnehan
Coleman AL. Academy president-elect’s address. Presented at: American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting; October 11-15, 2019; San Francisco.
Disclosure: Coleman reports no relevant financial disclosures.