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AGS Committees

Chair: Louis R. Pasquale, MD

The AGS Research Committee has primary responsibility for the use of AGS resources designated to facilitate the research activities of its members. The most important activity is administration of the AGS grants programs, including the Young Physician Scientist Awards, the Mid-Career Physician Scientist Awards, and the Mentoring for Advancement of Physician-Scientists (MAPS) Awards. As well, the Research Committee will review proposals to use the AGSnet listserve for research purposes. The members of the Research Committee consist of a broad range of clinician-scientists. The main responsibility of the Committee members is to be the reviewers for the grant applications, with several conference calls and/or meetings occurring each year to discuss the awardees. Our recent focus has been to make the process mirror the NIH review process, so that applicants will become familiar with the NIH requirements. In addition, Committee members participate in the continual updating and revision of the application materials, and development of resources to help with career development of young clinician scientists.

Chair: Joshua D Stein, MD, MS

The Patient Care Committee has subcommittees that focus on issues that pertain to our ability to care for our glaucoma patients from a regulatory or practice management point of view.

The following subcommittees and are currently in place:


Supports the Patient Care Committee by addressing issues related to glaucoma advocacy and government relations.

  1. Advocate and educate for patient issues with State and Federal agencies, including such things as:
    1. Access to glaucoma medications, laser, and surgical procedures, diagnostic testing
    2. Scope of practice issues
    3. Advertisement of provider credentials
    4. Glaucoma screenings, including targeting high-risk populations
    5. Planning advocacy activities when we visit DC for meetings there


  1. Generate rapid review mechanisms for all or some of subcommittee members to quickly review and comment on glaucoma-related documents from other organizations, for example:
    1. AAO PPPs
    2. AAO OTA
    3. USPTF documents
    4. Others
  2. Develop “portfolios” of current hot topics that have evidence base from either published literature, Cochrane reviews, meta-analysis, or consensus exercises that can be used for Payment Policy or Quality Assessment reviews. Keep literature current and available for other subcommittees to use.


  1. Develop ideas for new Glaucoma care Measures
    1. Present to AAO Performance Measure Workgroup
    2. Act as liason and resource for Workgroup
  2. Monitor new Profiling schemes implemented by various Insurers
    1. Provide members with tools to fight unfair profiling
    2. Make sure Insurer Quality Measures are implemented appropriately
  3. Interact with the AAO PPP and POC committees to make sure their documents reflect specific “Quality-related” needs in the way their documents are formatted.


Supports the Patient Care Committee by reviewing and addressing health policy-related topics that can affect the ability of glaucoma sub-specialists to properly care for their patients with glaucoma.

  1. Integrate the work of the other subcommittees.
  2. Provide guidance and resources for the other subcommittees and their projects.
  3. Review and respond to insurer coverage policies when requested.
  4. Interact with the AAO Federal Affairs and Health Policy leadership when necessary or requested.

Chair: Felipe A Medeiros, MD, PhD

The Program Committee shall be responsible for planning and conducting scientific meetings, symposia and conferences held under the sponsorship of the Society, and shall have responsibility for determining whether or not to publish proceedings thereof. The program committee’s main responsibility is to ensure that all financial disclosures and potential conflict of interest are reviewed and resolved prior to finalizing the program for the annual meeting. The Committee reviews this during the abstract selection process and throughout the planning process.

The Program Chair will lead the program committee through creating and facilitating the Annual Meeting program and CME activities. The program committee will hold conference calls and face-to-face meetings as needed. There are pre-planning conference calls in May, June, and July. There is one abstract review conference call in November and a face-to-face meeting at the AAO annual meeting. Committee members will serve a three year term.

Chair: Ronald L Gross, MD

AGS Finance Committee, chaired by the AGS Treasurer, provides oversight of the finances of the AGS including revenues, expenditures, and the various investment activities. Committee members meet in person once per year during the annual meeting of the AAO. Typically the investment manager of the AGS portfolio also attends this meeting and provides a summary of the AGS investment account.

The finance committee reviews the performance of the investment portfolio and manager in comparison to various industry benchmarks. The finance committee ensures that the investment activity and the account allocation complies with the overall guidelines of the AGS investment policy that has been adopted and authorized by the executive committee of the AGS. On average, depending on the market activity, there may be one or two conference calls during the year to assess the investment account performance.

Chair: Steven Litinsky, MD, MBA

The Audit Committee assists the Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibility for oversight of the quality and integrity of the accounting, auditing, internal control and financial reporting practices of AGS. Committee members are appointed by the AGS president for a two year term.

During a date set in late May to mid-July, the AGS audit committee meets with AAO and the AGS management company’s staff (SF-AMS) to review the audited financial statements. After this initial meeting, the audit committee will meet with AAO, SF-AMS staff and with the audit partner to again review the financial statements and receive formal communication from the auditors.

Responsibilities of the Audit Committee:

  • Obtain annually from the independent auditors a statement describing all relationships between the auditors and AGS
  • Review the audited financial statements and discuss them with management and the independent auditors
  • Provide the auditors full access to the Committee and the Board, and to report on any and all appropriate matters
  • Review audit fees with SF-AMS
  • Address any and all management comments identified by the independent auditors
  • Oversee the reliability of financial reporting including effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting
  • Review and discuss the annual financial statements and determine whether they are complete and consistent with operational and other information known to Committee members
  • Understand significant risks and exposures and management’s response to minimize the risks
  • Understand the audit scope

Chair: Kelly W Muis, MD

The Bylaws and Strategic Planning Committee shall be responsible for evaluating proposed amendments to the Bylaws and will be responsible for strategic planning activities as directed by the President.

Chair: Steven J Gedde, MD

Members of the Education and Communication Committee (ECC) are appointed by the President and approved by the Board of Directors. They serve for two years, or until successors are appointed. The overall mission of the committee is to promote education and dissemination of information among the AGS membership, health-care providers, and the public.

The ECC is currently made up of three subcommittees: Website Subcommittee, Multimedia Subcommittee, and Glaucoma Fellowship Education Committee. The Website subcommittee is responsible for the AGS website. The Multimedia subcommittee is creating the multi-media content for the AGS website, and administers the annual AGS video competition for the annual meeting. The Glaucoma Fellowship subcommittee recommends fellowship guidelines to the AGS Board of Directors; develops the process for AUPO maintenance of certification for glaucoma fellowships; and represent the AGS at the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology.

Ad Hoc and Task Force Committees of the American Glaucoma Society shall be formed when a special circumstance requires the counsel of a committee and when the scope of the situation does not fit under the umbrella of an existing committee. The President shall charge the Ad Hoc Committee/Task Force Chair with duties as deemed appropriate. Committee member’s roles and responsibilities shall be determined by the President and/or committee/task force chair at the time of appointment.

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