Eye expert Dr. Charles Slonim elected president of Florida Society of Ophthalmology

USF Ophthalmologist Charles B. Slonim, MD, was elected president of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) at its annual meeting in June. His one-year term began in June.

Dr. Slonim is an adjunct professor of in the USF Department of Ophthalmology, associate professor in the USF Division of Plastic Surgery in the Department of Surgery, and associate professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

The FSO is the preeminent statewide professional association for medical and osteopathic doctors who specialize in vision care.

As FSO president, Dr. Slonim will help lead the nonprofit association, which represents more than 500 medical doctors focused on protecting 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. Slonim is a board-certified ophthalmologist. He has lectured extensively to ophthalmologists, optometrists and other physicians throughout the United States and in more than 55 international cities in more than 35 countries around the world. He has published a book, Eye Was There: A Patient Guide to Coping with the Loss of an Eye, 20 textbook chapters, 36 ophthalmic journal articles and 11 clinical symposia.

Dr. Slonim is a fellow of the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and a former fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Slonim received Honor Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology in 1993 and 2011 and the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists in 1998. He was awarded Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2010 Healthcare Heroes Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Slonim is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and New York Medical College. He completed an internship and ophthalmology residency at the Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, OH.