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Ruth D. Williams, MD

Vice Chair

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Dr. Williams is a glaucoma consultant and CEO of the Wheaton Eye Clinic, an ophthalmology practice founded in 1942 that provides subspecialty eye care to more than 140,000 patients annually.

She is a past president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Before serving on the Academy’s Board of Trustees, she represented ophthalmology at the AMA for nearly a decade, chairing its specialty section. She has served on the board of several ophthalmic organizations. She is a member of the American Glaucoma Society, the Chicago Glaucoma Society, Women in Ophthalmology, the American Medical Association and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Williams has given numerous named lectures, nationally and internationally. She has appeared on a dozen major television networks and talk shows and provided interviews to numerous magazines and newspapers including The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Health, Women’s Health, Shape, Good Housekeeping, and the AARP magazine.

She has been recognized by the American Academy of Ophthalmology with the Senior Achievement Award and chosen by her peers for the prestigious ”Top Doctors” Award in Chicago.

After attending Rush Medical College in Chicago, Dr. Williams completed an ophthalmology residency at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and a glaucoma fellowship at Shaffer Associates and the University of California San Francisco.

Dr. Williams joined the Glaucoma Research Foundation Board of Directors in September, 2015. She currently serves on the Board's Executive, Leadership, and Strategic Planning Committees.

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