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June 13, 2018

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Drs. Jones and Yeh selected for American Academy of Ophthalmology Leadership Program

Jeremy Jones, MD, and Steven Yeh, MD, of Emory Eye Center have both been chosen to participate in the 21st class of the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s (AAO) Leadership Development Program. Only 20 ophthalmologists from across the country were selected for the 2018/2019 class.

The year-long program is designed to provide both orientation and skill development to future leaders of state, subspecialty, and specialized interest societies related to ophthalmology. Participants take part in workshops focusing on leadership topics such as political advocacy, media relations, communication, practice management, and more. They also attend the AAO’s Mid-Year Forum in Washington, DC, to learn about issues facing ophthalmology and to meet with Federal legislators and their staffs to discuss issues of concern.

Almost 400 participants have completed the program since 1999. Of these, 214 have served as president of a state, subspecialty, or specialized interest ophthalmology society, and 251 have served the AAO as committee members, councilors, or Academy representatives to outside organizations. 

Jones is a glaucoma specialist and medical director of Emory Eye Center’s ophthalmology residency program. He also serves as associate chief of ophthalmology at Grady Memorial Hospital. Jones was nominated for program consideration by the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology, where he currently holds the office of vice president.

Yeh is a retina specialist and director of Emory Eye Center’s uveitis and vasculitis service. His clinical areas of expertise include advanced diagnostics for the care of adult and pediatric uveitis, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular disease, and retinal detachment surgery. The American Uveitis Society nominated Yeh for the program.

“We are very proud of Dr. Jones and Dr. Yeh for their selection to the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Leadership Program,” says Allen Beck, MD, interim chair of ophthalmology and interim director of Emory Eye Center. “This prestigious program will further advance their already-developed leadership skills.”



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