Fairfax, VA – April 25, 2014 – Richard A. Lewis, MD, a nationally known glaucoma specialist and eye surgeon, will assume his role as the new president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in April, 2014. He will deliver the incoming president’s address on Saturday, April 26, during the Opening General Session of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and American Society of Ophthalmic Administrators Symposium and Congress in Boston.
Dr. Lewis, who currently serves as the association’s vice president, replaces outgoing president Eric D. Donnenfeld, MD, becoming the 29th leader of the association. 2014 also marks the 40th anniversary of the annual ASCRS meeting.
“This is a unique time for ophthalmology,” said Dr. Lewis. “Technology has broadened our diagnostic and surgical options in ways not envisioned only a few years ago. At the same time, government regulatory changes including the ACA, ICD-10, and the SGR effects on reimbursement threaten our care of patients. I want to see the ASCRS continue to guide its members thru these and other, yet unforeseen challenges going forward.”
Dr. Lewis is a practicing physician and partner at Grutzmacher Lewis & Sierra Surgical Eye Specialists, in Sacramento, California. The former director of glaucoma at the University of California, Davis, Dr. Lewis has lectured extensively on glaucoma and cataract surgery and is actively involved in clinical research in glaucoma therapy. He is past president of the American Glaucoma Society.
Dr. Lewis is on the editorial board of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Journal of Glaucoma, and Glaucoma Today. He has published more than 80 articles and book chapters focusing on glaucoma, ophthalmic surgery, and ophthalmic pharmacology in The Archives of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, and The American Journal of Ophthalmology. He is co-author of the book, Curbsides in Glaucoma. He has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor and Senior Honor Awards for his contributions in teaching and leadership and for initiating the American Academy of Ophthalmology Subspecialty Day meeting.
Dr. Lewis attended the University of California, Berkley, as an undergraduate and received his doctorate in medicine from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago. His professional training included an internship in internal medicine at Northwestern University Evanston Hospital; a residency at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California, Davis; and a fellowship in glaucoma at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology. He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Medical Examiners.
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. Since its founding in 1974, ASCRS has led the field through significant advances in technology and clinical science through its educational programs, publications and on-line resources. ASCRS has become the surgeons' primary source of up-to-date clinical information, published research, and regulatory information affecting the practice of medicine. www.ASCRS.org.