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Mr. Burdon takes up office as RCOphth President

1 June 2017

Mr Michael Burdon has been elected as the next President of The Royal College of Ophthalmologists. Professor Carrie MacEwen handed over the presidency at the AGM at the RCOphth annual Congress on 24 May 2017.

During his inaugural address to RCOphth members as President, Mike stressed the important work Carrie carried out during her term to ensure equal access to high quality eye care for all will remain a priority for The Royal College of Ophthalmologists.

As President, Mike will continue to ensure that the RCOphth is a leading voice within the eye health sector and the wider healthcare community, whilst representing its members and the profession. Mike will meet with senior government, Department of Health officials and key policy and commissioning decision makers to influence and shape hospital eye care services for the benefit of patients.

Mike said, ‘I am looking forward to working with members and staff to make sure that our strategies and initiatives will deliver the eye care services that patients deserve and our members demand. The RCOphth must lead the sector in making the right policy and commissioning decisions to help our members in this highly regarded profession.’

Mike will continue his work as a consultant ophthalmologist with an interest in neuro-ophthalmology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham.

He has an established reputation as a teacher of neuro-ophthalmology, speaking at numerous national and international meetings, and co-authoring “The Neuro-Ophthalmology Survival Guide” with Anthony Pane and Neil Miller and has extensive experience in the diagnosis and management (including surgical correction) of adult motility disorders. His main research interests are papilloedema and idiopathic intracranial hypertension.

The RCOphth Council, Trustees and staff extend their congratulations to Mike and look forward to working with him over the three years of his term of office.