David W. Parke II, MD: That Special Something With Commentary by George A. Williams, MD

By George A. Williams, MD

David W. Parke II is the chief executive officer of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, headquartered in San Francisco.

Dr. Parke was photographed at the 44th annual Aspen Retinal Detachment Society meeting in Snowmass, Colo., in March 2016.


I have had the privilege and pleasure of knowing David W. Parke II, MD, since we were fellows together at the Medical College of Wisconsin from 1982 to 1983. Even then, it was apparent that David possessed that special something that defines leadership. His sense of academic and professional mission and purpose was, and is, truly exceptional. Whether he is serving as a residency program director, department chair, president of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), president of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (representing more than 790,000 physicians), or chief executive officer of the AAO, David’s vision, candor, and drive bring out the best in everyone. As ophthalmologists, we are all well served by his dedication to our profession and patients.

—George A. Williams, MD


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