FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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FAIRFAX, VA – (October 16, 2014) – Robert J. Cionni, MD, a world-renowned expert in the field of modern cataract surgery and the medical director of The Eye Institute of Utah, will assume his role as the 30th president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) in April 2015. He currently serves as ASCRS’ vice president and will replace the outgoing president, Richard A. Lewis, MD. Dr. Cionni will deliver the incoming president’s address on Saturday, April 18, 2015, during the ASCRS Opening General Session in San Diego, California. Over a career spanning more than 25 years, Dr. Cionni has pioneered some of the most advanced techniques in his field. He is widely published and continues to be an invited to speaker at ophthalmic meetings worldwide.
“ASCRS has been so important in my career development. I am grateful to Dr. Robert Osher for introducing me to this organization as I came out of residency,” said Dr. Cionni. “ASCRS quickly became one of my main avenues for learning about the newest techniques and technologies that now provide improved outcomes for my patients. As time went by, ASCRS also provided me tremendous insight into managing a practice and navigating the pressures brought by ever-changing regulations.”
Dr Cionni has been an ASCRS member since his first year in practice, 1989. Since then, he has presented or instructed at 26 consecutive ASCRS·ASOA Symposium and Congress meetings. Dr. Cionni has also served as chairman of the Practice Management Clinical Committee and a reviewer for the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (JCRS). In addition to his current role at The Eye Institute of Utah, Dr. Cionni is an adjunct clinical professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Utah’s John A. Moran Eye Center. Prior to his time in Utah, he was the medical director of one of the largest ophthalmology practices in the country—the Cincinnati Eye Institute.
Concurrent with his active involvement in ASCRS, Dr. Cionni is a board-certified fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is also a member of the American-European College of Ophthalmic Surgeons, the International Intraocular Implant Club and the Utah Medical Association. Dr. Cionni is actively involved with the Utah Ophthalmology Society, serving on their education committee, editorial board and as a reviewer for numerous journals.
Dr. Cionni received his medical degree at the University of Cincinnati and completed his residency at the University of Louisville in 1989. Following residency, he completed a fellowship in anterior segment surgery with Dr. Robert Osher at the Cincinnati Eye Institute—specializing in complex cataract surgery, lens implants and refractive surgery.
More information on the ASCRS•ASOA Symposium and Congress (held from Friday, April 17 to Tuesday, April 21, 2015) can be found at Annualmeeting.ascrs.org. 
The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery is an international, educational society with 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