Stephen McLeod Appointed Editor-in-Chief of Ophthalmology Journal

By Nina Bai

Stephen McLeod, MD, the Theresa M. and Wayne M. Caygill, MD, Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at UC San Francisco, has been appointed editor-in-chief of Ophthalmology, the official journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

He will assume the new role effective Jan. 1.

Stephen McLeod
Stephen McLeod, MD

A UCSF faculty member since 1998, McLeod is a highly respected clinician, specializing in refractive surgery, cataract and corneal disease. He is also a noted researcher, with more than 100 peer-reviewed publications, focusing on infectious keratitis and intraocular device development to restore near vision to patients undergoing cataract surgery.

Ophthalmology is the most widely read clinical publication within the medical specialty of ophthalmology. McLeod brings extensive publishing experience to his new role, having served for 20 years on the editorial board and as associate editor for the American Medical Association’s journal for ophthalmology research, the Archives of Ophthalmology, and on the editorial board of its successor, JAMA Ophthalmology.

“With the help of a worldwide community of investigators, reviewers and editors, Ophthalmology has evolved to become the dominant forum for dissemination of the very best evidence we have today for clinical practice ophthalmology,” McLeod said in a press release. “I very much look forward to working with this community to advance research and clinical care for our patients around the globe.”

McLeod earned his medical degree at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. After completing an ophthalmology residency at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at the University of Illinois, Chicago, he completed fellowship training in cornea, external disease and refractive surgery at the University of Southern California’s Doheny Eye Institute.

“Dr. McLeod is a respected leader of one our country’s most distinguished academic departments, and I’m sure he will bring that same energy, integrity, and commitment to excellence to Ophthalmology,” said David W. Park, II, MD, chief executive office of the Academy in a press release.

McLeod currently serves as the Academy’s Secretary for Quality of Care. He is on the board of directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology and the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation, and is a member of the Ophthalmic Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee of the Food and Drug Administration and the National Advisory Eye Council of the National Institutes of Health.

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