It is my pleasure to announce the appointment of Donald L. Budenz, MD, MPH, as UNC’s next Chair of Ophthalmology effective October 1, 2011. Dr. Budenz specializes in cataracts and glaucoma. His research is focused on diagnostic testing for glaucoma, glaucoma epidemiology, and surgical clinical trials in glaucoma.
Dr. Budenz is currently Professor at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, where he also holds joint appointments in Epidemiology and Public Health. He also has served as associate medical director of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and chair of its quality assurance committee.
Dr. Budenz is actively engaged in global health initiatives. He travels to Ghana each year to treat patients and to train local surgeons. For the past 15 years, he has conducted several clinical trials and studied the epidemiology of blindness, visual impairment, and glaucoma in that country.
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Budenz earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School. His Internal Medicine internship was served at Bryn Mawr Hospital and he completed his residency in Ophthalmology at the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania. Following a Glaucoma fellowship at the University of Miami and several years practicing medicine, Dr. Budenz completed an MPH at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
Dr. Travis Meredith is stepping down from his position as chair, a position he has held since 2001. Under his outstanding leadership, the department expanded its clinical service sites, tripled the number of faculty members in the department, and enhanced the residency and fellowship offerings. The department also celebrated the dedication of the Kittner Eye Center in 2008. Dr. Meredith will continue to work part time as Chair Emeritus and Professor of Ophthalmology.
Please join me in both thanking Dr. Meredith for his service to UNC and welcoming Dr. Budenz.