Calvin Roberts, MD, has been elected President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild. Dr. Roberts will leave his position as Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Eye Care, at Bausch Health Companies, on March 31.
Dr. Roberts is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College. The selection of Dr. Roberts follows a national search begun early last year after Alan R. Morse, JD, PhD, announced his plans to retire after a 52-year career at Lighthouse Guild. Dr. Roberts’ appointment is effective April 1.
In an interview with Eyewire News, Dr. Roberts talked his main focus as the new president of Lighthouse Guild.
“Never before have advances in technology been so primed to benefit the visually disabled. The advances in visual prosthetics, and the opportunities of artificial intelligence are intersecting uniquely for patients with vision loss,” Dr. Roberts said. “And so my feeling is that at the Lighthouse Guild we have the opportunity, or perhaps the responsibility, to be the advocates for those with vision loss, to be the leaders to coalesce these new technologies for the benefits of our patients.”
As a practicing ophthalmologist from 1982 to 2008, Dr. Roberts performed more than 10,000 cataract surgeries as well as 5,000 refractive and other corneal surgeries. He has co-founded a specialty pharmaceuticals company, led the development and commercialization of pharmaceuticals, and is a frequent industry lecturer and author. He currently serves as an Independent Director on multiple corporate boards and has served as a consultant to Allergan, Johnson & Johnson, and Novartis.
“It is with great pleasure that we announce Dr. Roberts as the new President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild,” James M. Dubin, Chairman of Lighthouse Guild, said in a company news release. “He is an expert and innovator who brings over 25 years of experience in eye care and the pharmacology/biotech industry. His business expertise, industry experience and ophthalmic leadership make him the right person to take the helm as we continue to expand our commitment to reducing the burdens of vision loss. This is an exciting time for Lighthouse Guild as we begin this new decade and look toward the future.”
“The Lighthouse Guild’s mission is to improve the lives of those with vision loss. And there’s a lot of ways you can help somebody,” Dr. Roberts told Eyewire News. “Obviously, those people who have some vision—you want to be able to enhance their ability to see. But even those people who don’t have vision, what you want to be able to do is increase their ability to function, their ability to work, their ability to travel, their ability to navigate their homes and the outside world, their ability to walk through a supermarket and be able to find exactly the products that you want, their ability to walk down the street and know where you’re going and know what obstacles are ahead of you. So it’s not just seeing, it’s really improving the quality of the lives of people with vision loss.”
Dr. Roberts received his BA from Princeton University and his MD from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons. He completed his internship and ophthalmology residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center and cornea fellowships at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the Schepens Eye Research Institute in Boston.
Lighthouse Guild is an organization dedicated to addressing and preventing vision loss. It provides coordinated care for eye health, vision rehabilitation and behavioral health as well as related services directed at prevention, early detection, and intervention of vision disorders.