FAIRFAX, Va. – Jan. 5, 2016 – Kerry D. Solomon, MD, an internationally recognized leader in cataract surgery, LASIK vision correction and dry eye therapy, will assume his role as the 31st president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) in May 2016. He currently serves as ASCRS vice president and will replace the outgoing president, Robert J. Cionni, MD. Dr. Solomon will deliver the president’s address Saturday, May 7, 2016, during the Opening General Session of the 42nd annual ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress in New Orleans.
Based in Charleston, South Carolina, Dr. Solomon is the managing partner at Carolina Eyecare Physicians and director of the Carolina Eyecare Research Institute, which tests and improves technologies and procedures for cataract surgery, refractive lens surgery, LASIK vision correction, glaucoma, macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. He was one of the first in the country to perform laser-assisted cataract surgery, topography-guided LASIK and toric astigmatism surgery. Dr. Solomon is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including being named one of the "Top 50 Opinion Leaders in the Fields of Cataract and Refractive Surgery" and one of the "Best Doctors in America" every year since 2002. In addition, he was listed as one of Premier Surgeon magazine’s Top 250 Surgeons and was named “Top Doctor” by U.S. News & World Report (honoring the top 1 percent of physicians—the highest rating an ophthalmologist can attain).
“ASCRS is well poised to take its communications, learning resources and membership engagement efforts to the next level through the use of technology, and I am excited to lead the society at this juncture,” says Dr. Solomon. “In the upcoming year, we will launch several initiatives online and via a mobile app that will enable our members to connect, learn and innovate in new ways. Although the effort will be high tech, its focus will be aligning with the legacy of ASCRS and its founding principles of being a society where sharing information and new ideas is encouraged and supported,” adds Dr. Solomon.
A member of ASCRS since 1987, Dr. Solomon has served on the Eyeworld Editorial Board and the FDA Committee, as well as held the offices of treasurer and vice president on the ASCRS Executive Committee. In addition to his involvement with ASCRS, Dr. Solomon is an executive board member of the American/European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery and is active in multiple ophthalmic organizations and professional and scientific societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the International Society of Refractive Keratoplasty, the South Carolina Society of Ophthalmology and the Charleston Ophthalmological Society.
In 2011, Dr. Solomon and two fellow surgeons founded Operation Sight-Charleston (OSC) a charitable initiative dedicated to providing free cataract surgery for those in need in their community. OSC became a founding member of the ASCRS Foundation’s Operation Sight network, which offers nationwide access to care for those who otherwise could not afford it. In its first year, Operation Sight provided 216 free cataract surgeries.
Dr. Solomon received his medical degree at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He completed his internship at Yale University and his residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Following residency, he completed fellowships in ophthalmic pathology (University of Utah Health Sciences Center) and cataract and refractive surgery and corneal transplantation (Johns Hopkins).
More information on the ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress (held from Friday, May 6, to Tuesday, May 10, 2016) may be found at annualmeeting.ascrs.org.
About ASCRS The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is an international educational society with more than 9,000 members. Its mission is to advance the art and science of ophthalmic surgery and the knowledge and skills of ophthalmic surgeons by providing clinical and practice management education and by working with patients, government and the medical community to promote the delivery and advancement of high-quality eye care. ASCRS.org