July 15, 2010
Dr. Paul R. Lichter begins term as President of Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis
ANN ARBOR, MI - Paul R. Lichter, M.D. has been elected President of Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis (AOI), the most prestigious international academic organization in ophthalmology. Founded in 1975, the AOI is limited to 70 members worldwide. Its membership currently represents 33 countries. Dr. Lichter has been a member since 1991 and Secretary-General since 2002.
Dr. Lichter, a glaucoma specialist, is Chair and F. Bruce Fralick Professor of the University of Michigan Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. He is also Director of the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center.
He has written over 200 publications and given numerous named lectures around the world, including the 50th Edward Jackson Memorial Lecture. Dr. Lichter served as President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) during its centennial year, and has been president of many ophthalmology organizations, including the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology, the American Ophthalmological Society, and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology.
From 1986 to 1994 Dr. Lichter served as Editor-in-Chief of the AAO’s peer-review journal, Ophthalmology. He has been on the editorial boards of several major journals and is currently an Associate Editor of the American Journal of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Lichter is a Detroit native who graduated from Cranbrook Schools, Bloomfield Hills. He received his undergraduate, medical school, and ophthalmology residency education at the University of Michigan, after which he completed a glaucoma fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. He has served as Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences since 1978.
The Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis is a university-centered international organization committed to excellence in education, research and culturally appropriate medical services to preserve and restore vision for people of the world. It encourages and funds symposia around the world and forges partnerships with other groups that explore effective ways to prevent blindness on the world stage. Dr. Lichter is at the beginning of a four-year term as president.