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Release: Dec. 10, 2001
Weingeist, UI Department of Ophthalmology staff to lead professional organizations
CITY, Iowa -- Several members of the University of Iowa department of ophthalmology
and visual sciences recently won election to the presidency of their professional
Jean Hill, nurse manager in the UI Ophthalmology Clinic, will serve as president
of the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses (ASORN). Hill's two-year
term began Nov. 12 following a year of service as president-elect. Hill says
her goals include publishing evidence-based practice guidelines for LASIK
procedures, updating ophthalmic nursing care standards and revising the ASORN
curriculum standards and procedures manual. ASORN fosters excellence in ophthalmic
patient care and supports the ophthalmic team through individual development,
education and evidence-based practice. After her term as president ends, Hill
will serve an additional year as a member of the ASORN board of directors.
Pam Kutschke is the new president-elect of the American Association of Certified
Orthoptists (AACO). Kutschke will serve for one year as president-elect followed
by a three-year term as president. Orthoptists diagnose vision disorders,
interpret clinical findings and provide therapy to patients. Orthoptists treat
patients of all ages, but the majority of their patients are children. The
mission of the AACO is to promote and advance the professional skills and
education of orthoptists.
Thomas Weingeist, M.D., Ph.D., professor and head of the UI department of
ophthalmology and visual sciences, will begin his term as president of the
American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) on Jan. 1, 2002. AAO is the largest
national membership association of eye physicians and surgeons with more than
27,000 members. Weingeist served as president-elect in 2001.
In his address to the academy at its recent annual meeting, Weingeist said
that he plans to develop lines of communication that will provide all members
access to him and all AAO staff via a presidential Web site. Weingeist went
on to say that he will enhance the academy's educational efforts and use the
Internet to provide information upon demand to eye specialists.
"The AAO is a world-class organization because it provides world-class
people with opportunities to grow, work and serve our profession at the highest
level," Weingeist said.
Weingeist also will lead the AAO board in determining the future direction
of the academy, as well as develop policies that support its mission to advance
the lifelong learning and professional interests of ophthalmologists in order
to assure that the best possible eye care is provided to the public.
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