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The ICO Celebrates 160 Years

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) recently marked 160 years working to improve eye health worldwide. Our… More »

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Peter Wiedemann New ICO President

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International Search - ICO Chief Executive Officer

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) is conducting an international search to fill a vacancy for the position of… More »

Date ICO Member Headline Topic Subspecialty Region
October 23, 2018 International Search - ICO Chief Executive Officer

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) is conducting an international search to fill a vacancy for the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and is now accepting applications.

The ICO is looking for a creative, strategic thinker, with strong analytical and organizational skills. The individual should be committed to strengthening the ICO and its contribution to attaining the highest level of eye health worldwide. The applicant should be ophthalmology trained and internationally respected with a track record of leadership resulting in significant collective accomplishments in eye care. S/he should have strong knowledge of eye care education and health delivery, ideally on an international scale, and experience with public health initiatives and projects related to improving eye care.

The applicant should have excellent communication skills with proven ability to work collaboratively in multicultural environments. An advanced degree in public health, education, international relations and/or management will be considered a strong asset. S/he will be expected to work closely with our member societies to support and enhance efforts to reduce vision loss worldwide. The individual should be available to travel internationally as much as 40 to 50 percent of the year as required. This is a full-time position and salary will be commensurate with experience.

Applicants should send a cover letter and CV by 15 November 2018 to:

Neeru Gupta MD PhD MBA
Chair, Nominations Committee
Vice President, International Council of Ophthalmology
guptan@smh.ca cc to ngupta@icoph.org

If you know of any outstanding individuals who might serve the ICO well in the capacity of CEO, please encourage them to apply. The Nominations Committee will review all applications and recommend candidates for interview by the Officers.


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October 8, 2018 ICO Position Papers

The International Council of Ophthalmology is pleased to offer these position papers as advocacy tools for members of our community who are working to make advancements on these important topics.

 

 


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September 7, 2018 The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh Adopts International Council of Ophthalmology Exams

The International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) Examinations is known for setting the global standard for ophthalmologists, universities, and nations, to measure ophthalmic education and knowledge. To date, more than 53,000 ICO Exams have been taken at 130 testing centers in over 80 countries around the world.

 

We are pleased to announce that the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh has adopted the ICO Examinations to replace their written examinations and will offer membership to ophthalmologists who have passed the necessary ICO exams.


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August 30, 2018 Peter Wiedemann New ICO President

Peter Wiedemann succeeded Hugh Taylor as President of the ICO. The transition of power took place at the end of the World Ophthalmology Congress in Barcelona, on 19 June 2018.

Professor Wiedemann is committed to leading the ICO into an exciting future with ICO Member societies to reduce the burden of eye disease worldwide. He is internationally recognized for his work in macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy and has held numerous leadership positions including past President of the German Society of Ophthalmology, and Secretary General of the Academia Ophthalmological Internationalis. He is Director of the Leipzig University Eye Hospital in Germany. His well-respected breadth of work includes more than 500 peer-reviewed papers and eight books, including Ryan’s Retina.

As ICO President, Prof. Wiedemann has identified collaboration and education as key priority areas. “It is important for the ICO to collaborate with our member ophthalmologic societies and leaders to support ophthalmologists and to advocate for access to high-quality eye care,” said Prof. Wiedemann. “I am proud to have the opportunity to serve with the ICO as we work toward our vision of a world in which no one has avoidable vision loss.”

Prof. Wiedemann has served the ICO in numerous roles including Treasurer from 2014–2018 and as Program Chair for both the World Ophthalmology Congresses WOC2012 in Abu Dhabi and WOC2014 in Tokyo.


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August 28, 2018 Please join the ICO in wishing Bill Felch a joyful retirement

This August, William C. Felch Jr. retired from his longtime role as CEO of the International Council of Ophthalmology. We invite the ICO global network to join our Board and staff in thanking Mr. Felch for his tireless work ethic, keen eye for details, and commitment to building a world alliance for sight.

Over the past 20 years, Mr. Felch has been a pillar of the organization serving in a variety of roles, first as a consultant and then Executive Director and CEO. His significant contributions to leadership development, ICO education and advocacy programs, and to ICO strategic planning, have been important to the advancement of the global eye health movement. Under his leadership as CEO, the organization expanded its programs and initiatives around the world and added over 100 ophthalmologic societies to the ICO’s global network. Without his dedication to eye health, the ICO would not be where it is today.

“I know you all join me in feeling a deep sense of gratitude for Mr. Felch’s longstanding service and his dedication to the ICO. We wish him well in his retirement,” said ICO President, Dr. Peter Wiedemann.

Before coming to the ICO, Mr. Felch served as Director of Communications for the American Society of Internal Medicine and spent 16 years in key positions at the American Academy of Ophthalmology, including as Vice President for Planning and Research. Mr. Felch subsequently worked for 12 years as an organizational development and communications consultant. He has facilitated strategic planning for more than 40 international, national, and local eye care and health care organizations, including the ICO.

In 1993, Mr. Felch facilitated the first ICO Strategic Plan and later joined the staff as Executive Director in 2007 and as CEO in 2012.

“The ICO has held a huge place in my heart and life,” noted Mr. Felch. “The greatest pleasure in my career has been working with incredibly dedicated ophthalmologists and staff who are committed to helping expand access to high-quality eye care around the world. I consider many of you my closest friends and very much look forward to staying in touch and crossing paths in the future. I would like to thank each of you for your support, your friendship, and your commitment to the ICO.”

“All of us on staff have been grateful to have Mr. Felch a valuable mentor,” says ICO COO, Lindsey Washburn. “We will miss his guidance, encouragement, and thoughtful leadership. His shoes will be hard for the organization to fill, but we wish him the very best in his retirement.”

The transition is being managed by ICO President, Dr. Peter Wiedemann, and the Board Officers. We look forward to updating the ICO community in the coming months as that process progresses.

The ICO is currently working on a retirement gift for Mr. Felch. If you would like to have your personal message included, we invite you to take a moment to add your message here.

If you'd like to contact Bill directly, he can be reached at wfelch@gmail.com.


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