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ASRS names new 2024-2025 president

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The American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) has selected Reginald J. Sanders, MD, FASRS, as its 2024-2025 president.

Let’s start with ASRS.

Originally founded in 1982 as The Vitreous Society, ASRS is currently the largest retinal organization across the globe.

Its membership consists of +2,600 retina specialists from “all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and over 55 countries.”

Who is Sanders replacing?

Judy E. Kim, MD, FASRS, of the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Kim served as president from 2022-2023 and currently serves as president of the Foundation of the ASRS.

Now Sanders. What’s his background?

A retina specialist and vitreoretinal surgeon at The Retina Group of Washington (RGW), an affiliate of the PRISM Vision Group in Maryland, Dr. Sanders has also served as chief of the Retina Service at Georgetown University / Washington Hospital Center since 2001.

In addition, he is a clinical professor at both Georgetown University and Howard University medical schools.

Anything else?

Sanders has also participated in multiple retinal treatment studies as a sub-investigator and principal investigator. Of note, he served as principal investigator for Lucentis (ranibizumab injection; Genentech) for its indication to treat wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

In 2017, Sanders was inducted as a charter member to the inaugural class of the Retina Hall of Fame.

More recently, in 2021, he received the ASRS’s Packo Service Award in recognition of his “exceptional service to the Society,” which included 15 years as a member of the Board of the ASRS.

Anything to keep an eye out for in the near future?

The 42nd ASRS Annual Scientific Meeting will kick off in Stockholm, Sweden, July 17-20, 2024, at the Stockholmsmässan Convention Center.

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