Leadership Insight Introduction

Dr. Merton Flom (1926-2010) was not only an outstanding vision scientist, clinician, and educator, he was also a visionary in optometry with a passion for leadership.  Mert was a past editor of the Academy’s journal, served on the Academy’s Executive Committee for 16 years, and was Academy President 1980-1982.  Recognizing a need in optometry for a leadership culture, Mert founded the Academy’s leadership programs, which have been part of the Annual Meeting since 1994.  With his passing in February 2010, the profession and the Academy lost a giant in optometry.  In memory of him and his inspiration to us all, the Academy is proud to name this program the Merton C. Flom Leadership InSight Program.