Bonnie An Henderson, MD, an internationally-recognized expert in cataract and refractive surgery specializing in complicated anterior segment surgery, will assume her role as the 32nd president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) in May 2017. She currently serves as ASCRS vice president and will replace the outgoing president, Kerry D. Solomon, MD. Dr. Henderson will deliver the president’s address Saturday, May 6, 2017, during the Opening General Session of the 43rd annual ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress in Los Angeles.
“ASCRS is the premier educational society for anterior segment surgeons, and I am excited about having the opportunity to serve as its president," Dr. Henderson said in a news release. “I look forward to continuing my work with the leadership of the society to advance its mission.”
Based in Boston, Dr. Henderson is a partner at Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston and a Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Henderson has authored over 125 articles, papers, book chapters and abstracts and has delivered over 275 invited lectures worldwide. She has published five textbooks on cataract and refractive surgery. Her textbook, "Essentials of Cataract Surgery," is one of the most commonly used textbooks to teach cataract surgery in the United States.
Dr. Henderson's principal research involves cataract surgery outcomes and innovative methods of teaching, including the development of a digital-based method for teaching cataract surgery, supported by a Department of Defense TATRIC grant. She has invented and commercialized a number of medical instruments including the modified capsule tension ring, astigmatism correcting markers, and a capsule polisher, for which she donates her interests to charity.
Dr. Henderson has been awarded an Achievement Award, the Secretariat Award, and the Senior Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, “Best of” awards from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery for her research and films and the “Teacher of the Year” award from Harvard Medical School. She has been awarded the Visionary Award by the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery and received the Suzanne Veronneau-Troutman Award from Women in Ophthalmology. She has been chosen by her peers nearly every year for the past consecutive 13 years as “Top Doctor” by Boston Magazine, as “Top 100 Doctors in the United States” by the US New Report, “Top Doctor” by Castle Connolly, and a “Top Surgeon” by Becker's ASC Report.
A longtime member of ASCRS, Dr. Henderson served on the EyeWorld Editorial Board, the Cataract Clinical Committee, the Skills Transfer Subcommittee, and the ASCRS Research Council. She has also held the offices of secretary, treasurer and vice president on the ASCRS Executive Committee. In addition to her involvement with ASCRS, Dr. Henderson serves as the Associate Editor of the Journal of Refractive Surgery and on the editorial boards of Ocular Surgery News, Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today and Advanced Ocular Care.
Dr. Henderson received her medical degree from Dartmouth College and from Dartmouth Medical School with high honors. She completed residency training in ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. She currently serves on the Board of Overseers at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.