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Congratulations to Dr. Keith Carter, President of AAO 2018

Congratulations to Dr. Keith Carter, President of AAO 2018

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018
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Keith D. Carter, M.D., Begins Term as 2018 President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

By Brad Bennett , in PR PR Health on January 2, 2018 .

SAN FRANCISCOJan. 2, 2018 — Keith D. Carter, M.D., FACS, began his term as the 122nd president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology on Jan. 1. Dr. Carter was elected by the Academy's community of ophthalmologists in recognition of his scientific leadership, international reputation as a leading academician and teacher, and his deep commitment to advocacy for patients and the profession.

Keith D. Carter, M.D., Begins Term as 2018 President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Dr. Carter will focus his presidential year on enhancing the community impact of the Academy and the profession. He brings 30 years of experience as an innovative physician educator to issues of access to care, enhancement of quality programs, incorporation of new technology into the patient-centered experience, and to promoting diversity within medicine. 

“Diversity benefits not only the educational experience but also allows us to better represent the patient populations we serve and address the unfortunate health disparities that surround us,” Dr. Carter said. “I look forward to working with the Academy board, various committees, and subspecialty leaders, and serving as the Academy's president in the year ahead.”

Before serving as president-elect in 2017, Dr. Carter was an at-large member of the Board of Trustees from 2007 to 2010. Other leadership roles within Academy include the Ethics Committee, Committee for the Medically Underserved–Mentor Program, Self-Assessment Committee, Public Liaison Committee, Annual Meeting Program Committee, and Subcommittee for Ocular Tumors, Pathology, and Orbit, Lacrimal Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Carter's clinical specialty is in oculoplastic surgery. A faculty member at University of Iowa Health Care since 1988, he now serves as chairman and head of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and holds a joint appointment as professor of otolaryngology at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

He is a graduate of Purdue University Pharmacy School and earned his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency training at the University of Michigan and oculoplastics and orbital surgery fellowship at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

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

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Congratulations to Dr. Adrienne Scott for recognition from the AAO Leadership Development Program

Congratulations to Dr. Adrienne Scott for recognition from the AAO Leadership Development Program

Thursday, Dec 07, 2017

AAO Leadership Development Program (LDP) XIX, Class of 2017 graduates

Dr. Adrienne Scott Graduates from AAO Leadership Development Program

On Monday, November 13th during the Society Presidents’ Recognition and Awards Session held in conjunction with AAO 2017 in New Orleans, Dr. Scott was recognized for completing her participation in the Academy’s Leadership Development Program XIXI, Class of 2017.   Dr. Scott was among a select group of nineteen participants chosen for the LDP XIX, Class of 2017, from among a large group that was nominated by state, subspecialty and specialized interest societies.  The class also included an international participant from Turkey who represented the International Council of Ophthalmology.

 Dr. Scott was recognized for her outstanding project.  She developed a questionnaire for medical students at Johns Hopkins Medical school, evaluating factors that may influence them pursuing an ophthalmology career.  Students of different races/ethnicities and genders shared the same top 3 reasons for not choosing ophthalmology as a career: “insufficient interest,” “lack of exposure,” and “too specialized”.  Clinical experiences in a specialty can increase interest and motivate some students toward pursuing it as a career.  Therefore, strategies to remedy lack of interest in ophthalmology should focus on providing experiences to expose and immerse students in the field early in their medical education. These data should inform recruitment strategies so that Ophthalmology can best respond to the needs of the patients it serves.

In January 2017, Dr. Scott took part in a 2 ½ day interactive session in San Francisco covering a wide variety of leadership and association management topics.  The meeting also included a visit to AAO headquarters to hear from the 2017 Academy President Cynthia Ann Bradford, MD, CEO David Parke II, MD and Academy Vice Presidents on key priorities for the Academy.  Next was a trip in April 2017 to attend the Mid-Year Forum 2017 in Washington D.C. where Dr. Scott visited members of Congress and their staff to discuss issues important to the medical profession as part of Congressional Advocacy Day.  During a dedicated LDP session on Capitol Hill, Dr. Scott and her LDP colleagues also heard from 2017 US Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) about building effective relationships with legislators and how best to advocate on behalf of patients. 

During the final LDP XIX session in New Orleans, Dr. Scott heard from leadership of the AAO and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology regarding global collaborative efforts and key priority issues for organized ophthalmology and was encouraged to put her leadership skills to good use.

 Look for great things from Dr. Scott in the future!

Dr. Scott pictured with LDP classmates and Linda Tsai, MD – AAO Director, Leadership Development Program


Congratulations to Dr. Leslie Jones, Newly appointed Chair at Howard University

Congratulations to Dr. Leslie Jones, Newly appointed Chair at Howard University

Friday, Aug 25, 2017
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Philadelphia Tribune Article August 4, 2017

Philadelphia Tribune Article August 4, 2017

Friday, Aug 04, 2017

The Black ophthalmologists came together as the National Medical Association held its 115th Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly in Philadelphia from July 29 through Aug. 2. They traveled from across the country, including the U.S. territory of the Virgin Islands, to attend the event.

I had the pleasure of attending the “White Winter Gala in July,” which the Black physicians group held at the Pyramid Club, as a guest of Ruth Scarborough Ramsey, the Ophthalmology Section’s administrator.

The event was a wonderful time for everyone to enjoy themselves in a relaxed atmosphere.


Dr. Chasidy D. Singleton, chairman of the Ophthalmology Section, had this to say about this subgroup: “The mission of the NMA Ophthalmology Section is to end debilitating eye disease and blindness, especially in underserved communities, in order to eliminate inequalities in eye care.

“In like-mindedness, I desire to serve my local community and abroad via advocacy for my profession, skillful and compassionate care of my patients, training and mentoring our resident physicians and students, and remaining a consistent voice in the fight to gain equal and high-quality eye care for all.”

During dinner, master harmonica player Deacon Leslie Pitts awed everyone with an amazing rendition of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Pitts, who began playing the harmonica at age 6 and is now in his youthful 80s, received a standing ovation.

Singleton, who delighted guests with a cello selection, began attending the NMA meeting as a Rabb-Venable scientific competitor in 2002 in Philadelphia during her ophthalmology residency.

“Now, 15 years later, I am honored and thrilled to be the chair of the entire section,” he said.

Other outstanding NMA Opthamology Section officers are: Dr. Atif B. D. Collins, Dr. Shelby R. Wilkes, Dr. Scarlette M. Wilson and Ramsey.

The view of the city landscape and beyond from the 52nd floor was phenomenal and so was the spirit of the upbeat gathering. During a cocktail reception, guests enjoyed a meet and greet with local heroes, including members of Tuskegee Airmen-Philadelphia Chapter, who autographed beautiful color photos.

The heroes who received “The Military History Award” were Dr. Eugene RichardsonPierce “Ted” T. RamseyNathan O. ThomasVincent Mallory and Alma Bailey.

Dr. Keith Carter, president of Professors of Opthamology and president of the American Academy of Opthamology, was the recipient of the 2017 “Leadership Award.” Past Opthamology Section chairs were also acknowledged for their outstanding contributions.

State Rep. Christopher M. Rabb, (D-200), who received the “Outstanding Achievement Award,” is the son of the late Dr. Maurice F. Rabb Jr., an accomplished and dedicated ophthalmologist who would have celebrated his 85th birthday on Aug. 7.

We all have the capacity to build on other people’s legacies based on our unique gifts, talents, skills and opportunities,” said Rabb. “I grew up in the post-civil rights era, benefiting from all the social justice South. And so, what he experienced and endured is very different than what I have experienced and endured as a Black man. And the opportunities I have today are because of the sacrifices made by previous generations.”


“My father operated quietly by being an example. He was the product of the politics of respectability, which is not much in vogue these days, but was a part of survival mode for lots of many Black folks of his era seeking to be in arenas dominated by white people where we were excluded by law or practice,” Rabb said in recalling his father, who died in 2005.

“And so, he let his actions speak for him and he did things behind the scenes so that future generations could be more overt, more direct and more vocal. My form of service is as an elected official and public servant whereas my father’s was as a healer, a teacher and a researcher, mentoring people who were marginalized,” said the lawmaker, whose legislative district comprises Philadelphia.

“They were not only Black people, but other people of color including Arabs, people of the Muslim faith, and women who were systematically excluded from participating in the field of medicine largely before the 60s. That inspired me to serve and to mentor and to speak truth to power because his example was so bright and his reach so far,” Rabb said.

Some of those familiar Philadelphia faces seen “Out & About” were Mae HadfieldLouise Watkins, Dr. Charles and Ruth BridgesIrma Brooks and her daughter-in-law Lisa Brooks from California, Marjorie Chew and Donna Dubose Miller.

Other highlights of the elegant but relaxing affair included cocktail reception entertainment by keyboardist Les Brown and dancing to great sounds by DJ Julius Brown.

It was a memorable event that filled me with tremendous pride. Congratulations and best wishes to the National Medical Association’s Ophthalmology Section.

Have a fantastic week “Out & About” everyone!