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Neeru Gupta Appointed President of the ICO

Published: 05.03.2021

Neeru Gupta, MD, PhD, MBA, has been elected President of the ICO by the ICO Board of Trustees. Prof. Gupta officially began in this role on January 1, 2021, becoming the first female President of the organization since its establishment almost a century ago.

“Join me in welcoming Neeru to her new role,” says Prof. Peter Wiedemann, ICO Immediate Past President. “She is an exceptional and tireless advocate for our members and has been instrumental in expanding our reach over the last several years. We look forward to continuing to work with her as she builds on the ICO’s impressive legacy and advances our mission to improve access to eye care around the world.”

Prof. Gupta 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 world’s premier scientific journal for glaucoma research and the official journal of the World Glaucoma Association for which she serves as President-Elect. A global eye health champion, Prof. Gupta has dedicated herself to the ICO in a number of leadership roles, including as Chair of the ICO Advisory Committee, Chair of ICO Society Relations and Leadership Development, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Vice-President, and Interim President.

“I’m honoured to serve as the new President of the ICO,” says Prof. Gupta. “It’s a time of unprecedented courage, determination, and innovation as demonstrated by the work of our colleagues around the world. 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. This is an exceptional recognition that speaks to the vital role the ICO continues to play in representing, connecting, and working with the world’s ophthalmologists and our international partners.”

The ICO is set to unveil its future direction. “Over the coming weeks, we will introduce our new strategic plan with a triple aim of priorities — education, membership, and advocacy — that will guide our efforts to continue to build and lead a World Alliance for Sight,” says Prof. Gupta. “I’m grateful to work alongside all of you and look forward to taking the work of the ICO to the next level, together.”