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Stephen G. Schwartz, MD, MBA, Installed as FSO President

Posted: 06.28.2010

Stephen G. Schwartz, MD, MBA
New Florida Society of Ophthalmology president Stephen G. Schwartz, MD, MBA

The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO), the preeminent statewide professional association for medical and osteopathic doctors who specialize in vision care, installed Stephen G. Schwartz, MD, MBA, as president at its Annual Meeting, Masters in Ophthalmology, held June 25-27 in Orlando.

As FSO president, Dr. Schwartz will provide leadership for the nonprofit association, which represents more than 500 medical doctors in the medical and surgical specialty of ophthalmology. In addition to active participation in legislative advocacy and the dissemination of responsible information to physicians and patients throughout the state, the FSO also provides continuing medical education opportunities.

Dr. Schwartz serves as Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine and has acted as medical director for the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Naples since its opening in 2004.

Prior to joining Bascom Palmer, he served as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Residency Program Director at Virginia Commonwealth University (Medical College of Virginia Campus).

Dr. Schwartz has written or co-written more than 35 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 12 textbook chapters. He is a co-holder of a patent pending regarding the use of genetic testing for steroid-induced glaucoma. Dr. Schwartz also is a recipient of a Castle Connolly Regional “Top Doctor” Award, the FSO’s Outstanding Young Ophthalmologist Leadership Award, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Achievement Award, Prevent Blindness Florida’s Chairman’s Award, and a Faculty Award from the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology.

He is a graduate of Cornell University, New York University School of Medicine and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Dr. Schwartz completed residency training at New York University and fellowship training in vitreoretinal surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. He serves on the Board of Governors of Prevent Blindness Florida and is currently participating in the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Leadership Development Program. Dr. Schwartz lives in Naples, Fla., with his wife, Melanie, and three children.