The American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery announces that Daniel Paul Schaefer, MD, FACS, has assumed the Presidency for 2019.
Dr. Daniel P. Schaefer is a native of Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Canisius College with a B.A. in Biology, and received his Doctor of Medicine degree from SUNY at Buffalo in 1981. After serving his internship in Internal Medicine at the University Program, SUNY at Buffalo Affiliated Hospitals in 1982, he completed his residency training in ophthalmology at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1985, and was elected and served as Chief Resident 1984 to 1985. He received the SUNY at Buffalo, New York Ophthalmology Resident Teaching Award five times. He completed an ASOPRS-accredited fellowship training program at Wills Eye Hospital and Jefferson University, 1985 to 1986, under the preceptorship of Dr. Joseph C. Flanagan.
Dr. Schaefer joined the Department of Ophthalmology, SUNY at Buffalo, New York in 1986, and was promoted to Clinical Professor in 2001. He was appointed Co-Director of the department of Oculoplastic, Orbital, and Reconstructive Surgery in 1989, and promoted to Director in 1997 to present, while maintaining a private practice in Buffalo, New York. He has served as the Chief of Ophthalmology at
St. Joseph Intercommunity Hospital since 1991, and served as its President of the Medical Staff, 2001 to 2003.
Dr. Schaefer’s principal clinical and research interests are oculoplastic, orbital, and reconstructive surgery. He has served as Visiting Professor, and lectured throughout the US, Central America, and India, has written numerous chapters and articles in the field and has traveled frequently to several countries in Central America, South America, Africa, and India, lecturing, providing medical services and surgeries for the needy, while also teaching the local ophthalmologists.
Dr. Schaefer’s ASOPRS service includes: Member of the ASOPRS Education Committee 1989 to 2000 (Chair 2000-2002); member of the CME Committee 1991 to 1998 (Chair 1994-1998); Chair of the Committee for Transition of ASOPRS to Board Certification/Equivalency; and Board of Trustee for the ASOPRS Foundation.
Dr. Schaefer’s volunteer service also includes serving as President of the Upstate New York District #1, American College of Surgeons; member of its Committee for Membership Applicants 1996 to present; and member of the Medical Advisory Board of the American Society of Ocularists 1992 to 2009.
His awards include the 4th Kanchan Memorial Oration Award from the Kanchan Eye Hospital and Research Center, Murlidhar, Hyderabad, India in 1994; Signum Fidei Award from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute (inducted into the Society in 1999); bestowed Knighthood in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem in 2001 and advanced to its highest order of Knight of the Grand Cross in 2011; Caritas Award from St. Joseph Intercommunity Hospital in 2002; Lifelong Education for Ophthalmologist Continuing
Education Recognition Award and Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology; inducted into the American Ophthalmological Society in 2008.
Dr. Schaefer is married to Marlene Ann Schaefer and they have three daughters, Dawn Marie, Jamie Lea, and Alyce Daniela. They enjoy flying single engine airplanes, scuba, snorkeling, traveling, sports, and music.
I was very honored that my father had the pleasure of inducting me into the society when he was President of ASOPRS; he presented the diploma to me at the Business Meeting in Las Vegas on October 7, 1988. I will just miss that honor with my daughter during my 2019 Presidency of ASOPRS. My daughter, Dr. Jamie Lea Schaefer, will be finishing her ASOPRS-accredited fellowship in June of 2019.
She will be the first third-generation member of ASOPRS!
I have always been on a committee, or served as the chairman of a committee since I was inducted into ASOPRS in 1989. After attending the ASOPRS Executive Committee Meeting for over 10 years as Chair of various committees, I recognize the time and commitment this position requires and am committed to representing ASOPRS in organized medicine, in collaborative projects with other specialty groups, and direct future policy decisions. I am very humble, honored, and excited to accept this prestigious position as President and look forward to serving our ASOPRS members. Looking forward to our great future together.