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President Robert W. Panton, MD 2013 - 2014

Dr. Robert W. Panton is a board-certified ophthalmologist based in Elmwood Park, where he joined his family-owned private practice, Panton Eye Center, in 1991. He is active on staff at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, Rush Oak Park Hospital, Westlake Community Hospital, and West Suburban Hospital. A clinical assistant professor at the University of Illinois, Dr. Panton is a Fellow in both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Panton earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Brown University, in addition to a master’s in pharmacology, also at Brown. He served his internship in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Hospitals. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a fellowship in corneal and cataract surgery at the Johns Hopkins University.

A CMS member since 1987, Dr. Panton currently serves on the following committees: Long-Range Planning, Continuing Medical Education; Physician Advocacy; Membership/IMG Committee; Communications/Technology; and Healthcare Economics. His previous committee appointments include: Membership (Chair); Editorial Advisory Staff (Chair); Investment (Chair); and Young Physicians Group (Chair).

Dr. Panton has been a member of ISMS since 1987, serving on numerous councils and committees. He currently serves on the Committee on Finance & Medical Benevolence; Council on Economics; and CME Accreditation Appeals Panel. A delegate since 2002, he has also chaired the Governmental Affairs Council.

Dr. Panton practices with his father John H. Panton, MD, his older brother Peter J. Panton, MD, and sister Elizabeth Panton Karkazis, OD.

Dr. and wife, Marika, have three children, James, Zoe, and Jonathan.

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