Mayo Clinic Jacksonville’s Darby Miller, M.D., Re-Elected as President of Florida Society of Ophthalmology
Wellik, Nezgoda, Ruttig, Eichenbaum, Bovee, Kishor, Katz Round out Board Executive Leadership Team
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – (July 1, 2019) – Mayo Clinic Jacksonville cornea and cataract specialist Darby D. Miller, M.D., M.P.H., was re-elected as Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) president during the organization’s Masters in Ophthalmology 2019 annual meeting, held June 28-30 in Hollywood, Fla.
This is Miller’s second consecutive term as the organization’s physician leader.
As FSO president, Miller will guide the nonprofit association, which represents more than 500 medical doctors focused on preserving the medical and surgical specialty of ophthalmology. In addition to active participation in legislative advocacy and the dissemination of responsible information to physicians and patients throughout the state, the FSO also provides continuing medical education opportunities.
“This past year has been a busy one for FSO, its members, our patients and constituents,” Miller said. “I’m honored to be selected to continue leading our mission to advance the practice of ophthalmology.”
Miller completed his cornea fellowship at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and his ophthalmology residency and medical school at George Washington University Medical Center. He earned his Master of Science degree at Georgetown University and his Master of Public Health degree at Harvard University. In 2016, Miller received the FSO’s Michael R. Redmond, M.D. Outstanding Young Ophthalmologist Leadership Award. The annual award recognizes a Florida-based ophthalmologist under the age of 40 who has demonstrated organizational leadership, service, competence and devotion to the organization’s high ethical and professional standards.
The FSO also announced the elections of Sarah Wellik, M.D. as president-elect, Joseph Nezgoda, M.D., as secretary/treasurer, Nate Ruttig, M.D., as vice president of advocacy, David Eichenbaum, M.D., as vice president of education, and Courtney Bovee, M.D., as vice president of outreach.
Krishna Kishor, M.D., who preceded Miller as president, continues in his role of immediate past president, and Adam Katz, M.D., also continues in the role of past president.
Wellik, who previously served as FSO’s Public Relations Committee Chair, is a graduate of the University of California, Irvine where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in biological sciences and graduated Cum Laude. She subsequently received her medical degree from the University of California, Irvine and completed a medical internship at Yale University and residency in ophthalmology at Boston University.
Wellik did a Clinical Glaucoma Fellowship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami and has remained on staff at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and the Miami Veterans Affairs Hospital as an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology. She is active in glaucoma clinical research, as well as resident and fellow training, with numerous publications in peer-reviewed literature. For her leadership within the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) she has received the AAO Achievement Award and the AAO Eye Care America Service Award. Dr. Wellik was nominated to participate in the AAO’s 2020 Leadership Development Program.
Nezgoda is a fellowship-trained vitreoretinal disease and surgery specialist practicing in West Palm Beach and Boca Raton, Fla.
A former researcher at the world-renowned National Institutes of Health, he graduated with honors from Georgetown University and attended medical school at Rutgers-University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he received theExcellence in Teaching Award in honor of dedicated Einstein Medical Center, Mount Sinai at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, and Case Western University/The Cleveland Medical Center and The University of California.
For his humanitarian work and research efforts Nezgoda has received both the esteemed Leadership in Medicine Award from the American Medical Association and the Achievement Award of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Ruttig is a board-certified comprehensive ophthalmologist and practice administrator of Eye M.D. of Niceville in Niceville, Fla. An Ohio native, he received his bachelor's degree and medical degree simultaneously as part of the six-year combined BS/MD program at Youngstown State University and Northeastern Ohio University's College of Medicine in Rootstown, Ohio.
Upon graduating in 2000, Ruttig served in the U.S. Navy, completing his internship in Internal Medicine at the Naval Hospital Portsmouth in Portsmouth, Va., received his aviation medicine training at NAS Pensacola, Fla., and concluded his service at Training Air Wing Four in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he served as the VT-35 Stingrays flight surgeon from 2002 to 2006.
At the end of his naval commitment, Ruttig furthered his education as a resident of ophthalmology at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Mich. He worked in private practice for five years before starting Eye M.D. of Niceville.
Eichenbaum is a board-certified ophthalmologist trained in diseases and surgery of the vitreous and retina. He is Director of Clinical Research at his practice, Retina Vitreous Associates of Florida in the Tampa Bay area, and also a Collaborative Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.
He received his Bachelor of Arts and medical degrees from the University of South Florida (USF) in Tampa, completed his ophthalmology residency at USF vitreoretinal fellowship at Tufts New England Eye Center and he served as chief resident and completed a two-year vitreoretinal fellowship at Tufts New England Eye Center and Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston.
He has published in numerous professional journals, textbook chapters, and has presented his work at the American Society of Retinal Specialists, American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Association of Research and Vision in Ophthalmology meeting.
Bovee is a glaucoma specialist with Mid Florida Eye Center, serving the residents of Leesburg, Mount Dora and The Villages. She is active with numerous professional and medical societies, including the Young Ophthalmologist Advocacy Subcommittee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Florida Medical Society Board of Governors.
Bovee earned her medical degree from the University of South Florida and completed residency training at UCLA Harbor in Los Angeles and Eastern Virginia Medical School – Ophthalmology in Norfolk, Va. She completed glaucoma fellowship training at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, a division of the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology, where she was named the 2015-2016 Ruthanne and Richard Simmons Glaucoma Fellow by the Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology.
During residency Bovee was awarded the Kenneth Tuck Resident Advocate Award for her commitment to advocacy. She also has been the recipient of the Pfizer/AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award from the American Medical Association Foundation.
ABOUT THE FLORIDA SOCIETY OF OPHTHALMOLOGY (FSO)
The Florida Society of Ophthalmology (FSO) has a rich history of serving patients since its founding in 1939 as the Florida Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology. Today, the organization represents more than 500 physician members throughout the state and is focused on advancing patient care and protecting the medical specialty of ophthalmology. For more information, please visit the FSO website at