Charlton Named Chair of WVU Ophthalmology
 Judie Charlton, M.D., is the new chair of the WVU School of Medicine's Department of Ophthalmology

Judie Charlton, M.D., has been named chair of the West Virginia University Department of Ophthalmology, in the WVU School of Medicine.

As chair, Dr. Charlton will lead the physicians, scientists and other faculty who care for patients, conduct research and educate future physicians at the WVU Eye Institute.  More than 37,000 patients are seen each year at the Eye Institute and funded research exceeds $3 million. 

“Dr. Charlton has an excellent reputation as a physician in West Virginia and throughout the country,” John Prescott, M.D., dean of the WVU School of Medicine, said.  “With Dr. Charlton as chair, ophthalmology is poised for continued success in the future.”

Bruce McClymonds, president and CEO of WVU Hospitals, said Dr. Charlton is a respected leader. 

“She will be an exceptional chair.  Dr. Charlton has a clear and compelling vision for the future of ophthalmology services at WVU,” McClymonds said.

Dr. Charlton has served on the faculty of WVU since 1990 in various leadership positions, including two terms as chief of staff for WVU Hospitals.  She has also served in significant national leadership roles for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. 

In addition to her clinical expertise specializing in glaucoma, Dr. Charlton has conducted funded research studies related to visual disability and dry eye.  She holds two patents for dry eye medications.

She has been honored as a WVU School of Medicine Distinguished Teacher.  In addition, Dr. Charlton received the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Clinical Service and the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award.
Charlton, a native of Fairmont, W.Va., earned her medical degree and completed her residency and a glaucoma fellowship at WVU.   

She succeeds John Linberg, M.D., who served as chair for ten years and led the department through unprecedented growth, including construction of the WVU Eye Institute.  Dr. Linberg will remain on the faculty.

“The WVU Eye Institute, its faculty and staff stand among WVU’s greatest assets – demonstrating the best in patient care, education, research, outreach and service to the state,” Dr. Prescott said. “Dr. Charlton’s leadership ensures continued excellence and achievement.”

For more information about the WVU Eye Institute, visit www.wvueye.com.

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Amy Johns, HSC News Service (304) 293-7087
aj: 01-23-08

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