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ICO Welcomes First

Indeed, ophthalmology is a forward-thinking specialty

and one that’s consistently riding the latest wave of innovation.

Industry societies like the International Council of Ophthalmology (ICO) have also stepped up.

ICO recently elected their first female president in history, Prof. Neeru Gupta, MD, PhD, MBA. Prof. Gupta officially began this role at the start of the year on January 1, 2021.

Although the ICO was established nearly 100 years ago, Prof. Gupta is the sole female president.

 “I’m honored to serve as the new president of the ICO,” said Prof. Gupta in a press release.

 “It’s a time of unprecedented courage, determination, and innovation as demonstrated by the work of our colleagues around the world.”

Throughout her illustrious career, Prof. Gupta has held various roles. She is an internationally renowned ophthalmologist

and surgeon-scientist at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto in Canada.

She is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Glaucoma,

the official journal of the World Glaucoma Association, for which she also serves as president-elect.

Prof. Gupta has also dedicated herself to the ICO by holding several leadership roles, including chair of the ICO Advisory Committee,

chair of ICO Society Relations and Leadership Development, interim chief executive officer, vice president, and interim president.

“The ICO is committed to promoting eye health and ophthalmology, and I’m so pleased to share the news that once again this year,

the ICO has been awarded Official Relation status with the World Health Organization,” Prof. shared.

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