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.
Dr. Frank Burns of Louisville has been selected as President-elect of KAEPS. His term will begin in the summer of 2018.
Dr. Burns brings a wealth of experience and service to KAEPS.
William 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.
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.
2018-2020 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Frank Burns, M.D. - President
William "Chip" Richardson, M.D. - President-elect
Ben Mackey, M.D. - Secretary/Treasurer
Carl Baker, M.D. - Immediate Past President
Julie Lee, M.D. - Councilor
Janelle Fassbender Adeniran, M.D. - At-Large Member
Sheila Garcia-Santana, M.D. - At-Large Member
Victor Neamtu, M.D. - At-Large Member
Woodford Van Meter, M.D. - At-Large Member
Jeff Taylor, M.D. - Bylaws Chair
Ashima Gupta, M.D. - Contractor Advisory Committee for Medicaid
Kenneth Weaver, M.D. - Ethics Chair
Rishi Kumar, M.D. - Health Plans Relations Chair
Thomas Harper, 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
Romulo Albuquerque, M.D. and Jeremy Clark, M.D. - Young Ophthalmologist Co-Chairs
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