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Meet the ABO's Newest Director: Dr. Ann Acers-Warn

Oklahoma ophthalmologist Ann Acers-Warn, M.D., MBA, will join the American Board of Ophthalmology as a Director beginning in January 2018.

Her four-year term begins in January and is renewable for an additional four years. As a Director of the ABO, Dr. Acers-Warn will contribute to the development of certification standards and assessments for new and practicing ophthalmologists, participate in organizational governance, and monitor operational performance.

The appointment of Dr. Acers-Warn, a longtime ABO Examiner and examination development volunteer, will bring the ABO to 17 physician Directors and two Public Directors in 2018. J. Douglas Cameron, M.D., MBA, Minneapolis, MN; Keith H. Baratz, M.D., Rochester, MN; and 2017 Chair Paul P. Lee, M.D., J.D., Ann Arbor, MI, complete their second and final terms as Directors in December 2017.

“Dr. Acers-Warn is an accomplished physician and respected leader in the community of ophthalmology,” said ABO CEO George B. Bartley, M.D. “With her proven leadership experience, clinical expertise, and business acumen, she will be a tremendous asset to the American Board of Ophthalmology as we continue to modernize our programs and improve the way ophthalmologists pursue board certification.”

About Dr. Ann Acers-Warn

A resident of Lawton, Oklahoma, Dr. Acers-Warn practices comprehensive ophthalmology at Dean McGee Eye Institute. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Department of Family Preventative Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and a Clinical Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Rural Health at the Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Dr. Acers-Warn serves on the Oklahoma Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision (appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin) and is the Board’s immediate past president. She has also served on the Oklahoma State Board of Health (appointed by Gov. Frank Keating) and was its president from 2004-2005. Dr. Acers-Warn has held various leadership roles within the American Academy of Ophthalmology Board of Trustees, including Vice Chair and Chair of the Council. She is currently on the Board of Directors for the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company (OMIC), a director of the American Eye Study Club Foundation, past president and at-large director of the Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology, and a member of both the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the Oklahoma State Medical Association.

For her accomplishments in ophthalmology, Dr. Acers-Warn has been recognized with the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Achievement Award, Senior Achievement Award, and the Secretariat Award. She was also presented with the Distinguished Alumni Award by the Cameron University Alumni Association.

Dr. Acers-Warn earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, before continuing her medical studies at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and then at the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City. She completed residency training in ophthalmology at the Dean McGee Eye Institute and became certified by the ABO in 1996. Dr. Acers-Warn earned an MBA from Cameron University in Lawton, Oklahoma and is active in numerous community and civic organizations.

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