On Monday, November 16th during the Society Presidents’ Recognition and Awards Session held in conjunction with AAO 2015 in Las Vegas, David Silbert, MD, FAAP was recognized for his participation in the Academy’s Leadership Development Program XVII, Class of 2015. Dr. Silbert was among a select group of eighteen participants chosen for the LDP XVII, Class of 2015, from among a large group that was nominated by state, subspecialty and specialized interest societies.
In January 2015, Dr. Silbert took part in a 2 ½ day interactive session in San Francisco covering a wide variety of leadership and association management topics. The meeting also included a visit to AAO headquarters to hear from the 2015 Academy President Russell Van Gelder, MD, PhD, CEO David Parke II, MD and Academy Vice Presidents on key priorities for the Academy. Next was a trip in April 2015 to attend the AAO’s Mid-Year Forum in Washington D.C. where Dr. Silbert visited Pennslyvania Members of Congress and their staff to discuss issues important to the medical profession as part of Congressional Advocacy Day. During a special session on Capitol Hill, Dr. Silbert and his LDP colleagues also heard from 2015 US Congressman Phil Roe, MD (R-TN) about building effective relationships with legislators and how best to advocate on behalf of patients.
During the final LDP XVII session in Las Vegas, Dr. Silbert heard from leadership of the AAO and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology regarding global collaborative efforts and key priority issues for organized ophthalmology and was encouraged to put his leadership skills to good use.
Dr. Silbert pictured with LDP classmates and:
Aaron Weingeist, MD – AAO Director, Leadership Development Program
Daniel Briceland, MD – AAO Senior Secretary for State Affairs