December 6, 2021 | By UCSF School of Medicine
Stephen D. McLeod, MD has announced he is stepping down as Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at UCSF, after nearly 15 years in the role and more than 20 years with the organization. He will join the American Academy of Ophthalmology as their Chief Executive Officer early in the new year. Jacque Duncan, MD, will serve as the interim chair of the department, effective January 1, 2022.
A UCSF faculty member since 1998, Dr. McLeod is a highly respected clinician-scientist, specializing in refractive surgery, cataract, and corneal disease. His research bridges the disciplines of cornea and external disease, cataract, and refractive surgery, and includes the diagnosis and management of infectious keratitis, the development of materials for the artificial cornea, and the development of intraocular lens devices and cataract surgery technology. He has nearly 200 peer-reviewed publications in these areas.
Under Dr. McLeod’s direction, the Department of Ophthalmology at UCSF more than doubled clinical care visits, tripled research funding, and successfully completed a $200 million capital and research base expansion program. The research program was the leading recipient of National Eye Institute (NEI) funds for the last three years running.
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