Kentucky academy of eye physicians and surgeons

GOVERNANCE - The Academy is governed by a Board of Directors who is responsible for establishing goals and setting policy. Several committees of the Board serve various program activities. Officers are elected by the membership at-large every two years during the annual business meeting of the KAEPS. Committee Chairpersons are appointed by the President of the KAEPS and serve as the Board of Directors.

PRESIDENT

William "Chip" Richardson, M.D., is a Board certified ophthalmologist, an eye M.D. He founded Georgetown Eye Care in 2007 as a solo practitioner. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Kentucky. His practice interests include general ophthalmology and medical glaucoma, dry eye, and cataract surgery. He is an member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and officer of the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.

Dr. Richardson's collegiate experiences include a bachelor's degree from Cornell University, with a focus in molecular genetics, and a medical degree from the Ohio State University. During residency, he performed National Institute of Health sponsored research in ophthalmology and studied optical dispensing with Dennis Peck of Peck Opticians in Lexington -- one of the most highly respected opticians in the area. 

In his free time, Dr. Richardson is active in the Optics and Electo-optics Standards Council and is one of two active US Delegates to the International Standards Organization (ISO) TC172SC4 optical technical committee. This committee develops standards for telescopic weapon sights, holographic sights, thermal imaging, binoculars and spotting scopes. Dr. Richardson is committed to developing practical standards that respect eye safety and are relevant to the user. 

2010, 2016, 2017 News-Graphic Reader's Choice Award Winner and 2011 KAEPS Ophthalmologist of the Year, he will deliver the personal attention that you deserve. Dr. Richardson believes that all patients deserve to see their physician before, during and after any procedure. After surgery, you will see your surgeon for post-operative care. He has dedicated his office to providing full-time eye care in Georgetown with surgical services offered at Georgetown Community Hospital.


PRESIDENT-ELECT

Benjamin L. Mackey, M.D., was born and raised in Corbin and attended Saint Camillus Academy. He went on to Transylvania University and then to medical school at the University of Louisville, where he graduated with honors in 1998. He then completed his ophthalmology residency at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he served as chief resident. Dr. Mackey was board certified in 2004 and specializes in anterior segment surgery, including complicated cataract extractions. 





EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Elizabeth "Liz" Roach grew up in a medical family, with a father and grandfather serving as family practice physicians in Midway, Ky. Her passions of service and connecting with others led her to pursue work in government and the non-profit world. In her eight years of service for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, she worked in several capacities, including Deputy Speechwriter, Press Secretary, and Director of Scheduling. Most recently, she served as Development Manager at the non-profit organization The Council of State Governments. Based in Lexington, Liz is a member of the 2017-18 Leadership Lexington class, a board member of the Woodford County Community Fund, and a volunteer at Radio Eye. She is a graduate of Furman University and the Columbia Journalism School Publishing Program. 



2020-2022 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

William "Chip" Richardson, M.D. - President

Benjamin Mackey, M.D. - President-elect

John Franklin, M.D. - Secretary/Treasurer

Frank Burns, M.D. - Immediate Past President

Woodford Van Meter, M.D. - Councilor

Janelle Fassbender Adeniran, M.D. - At-Large Member

David Bryson, M.D. - At-Large Member

Victor Neamtu, M.D. - At-Large Member

Julie Lee, M.D. - At-Large Member

James Gullett, M.D. - Bylaws Chair

Ashima Gupta, M.D. - Contractor Advisory Committee for Medicaid 

Kenneth Weaver, M.D. - Ethics Chair

Benjamin Proctor, M.D. - Health Plans Relations Chair

Jeremy Clark, M.D. - Kentucky Ophthalmological Political Action Committee Chair

Maurice Oakley, M.D. - KMA Delegate

John Franklin, M.D. - Legislative Chair

Lucy Franklin, M.D. - Membership Chair

Daniel Moore, M.D. - University of Kentucky Representative

Christopher Compton, M.D. - University of Louisville Representative

Ryan Smith, M.D. and Jeremy Clark, M.D. - Young Ophthalmologist Co-Chairs

  COMMITTEES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Bylaws Committee- Review and submit proposed changes to the Bylaws to the Board and membership.
  • Ethics Committee- Establish professional standards for KAEPS members.
  • Health Plan Relations Committee- Works with all third party payers, including Medicare and Medicaid, to establish appropriate medical policies for services provided by ophthalmologists. Responds to questions from the membership. Addresses problems members are having with the appropriate third party payer. Addresses problems members are having with the appropriate managed care program.
  • KOPAC- Coordinates collection and distribution of PAC funds.
  • Legislative Committee- Work with the lobbyist and legislature on proposed rules and bills before the General Assembly and other state regulatory commissions and committees.
  • Membership Committee- Enlists and recruits qualified persons for active membership, maintains a census of ophthalmologists, and supervises a collection of demographic information regarding Kentucky ophthalmologists.

 


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