Dr Lewis Levitz has been appointed to the role of National Medical Director at Vision Eye Institute. He takes over from Associate Professor Tim Roberts, who has helped steer the organisation through significant events over the last eight years.
Dr Levitz, who has been with Vision Eye Institute for 13 years ago, said he is excited and honoured to step into the prestigious Medical Director position.
I look forward to meeting the high standards set by my predecessor, Assoc/Prof Tim Roberts, and his predecessor, Assoc/Prof Michael Lawless
“I have seen first-hand the importance of our diverse doctor group, support staff and leadership team – each with different skill sets and personalities – and how they work as one to deliver exceptional patient care,” said Dr Levitz.
“It’s incredible to see what it takes behind the scenes to keep an organisation of our size running smoothly, meeting all required regulations, and responding to challenges like the global pandemic.”
As Medical Director, Dr Levitz reports directly to the Vision Eye Institute Board regarding the organisation’s clinical standards in patient care and management. He will work closely with the Clinical Care and Infection Control committees and plan how to continue delivering the highest standards of patient care. The Medical Director also represents the interests of Vision Eye Institute to the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Ophthalmology (RANZCO).
“Being Medical Director comes with a significant responsibility to the many people who make up Vision Eye Institute, the healthcare professionals who refer to us and the patients we care for.” he said. “I look forward to meeting the high standards set by my predecessor, Assoc/Prof Tim Roberts, and his predecessor, Assoc/Prof Michael Lawless.”
During his tenure as Medical Director, Assoc/Prof Roberts helped oversee the creation and launch of the not-for-profit research foundation, Future Vision Foundation – a nod to Vision Eye Institute’s deep heritage in ophthalmic research. The Foundation extends this commitment further by encouraging and supporting the research efforts of staff and associated clinicians (including those with little-to-no formal research experience).
“The Foundation has been a dream since Vision Eye Institute first began – born from a shared desire by many of us to improve diagnosis, improve treatments and improve healthcare experiences for patients with eye conditions. We are thrilled to see it come to life,” said Assoc/Prof Roberts.
Like Assoc/Prof Roberts, Dr Levitz speaks highly of the depth of talent at Vision Eye Institute. “I am often awed and genuinely thankful for the loyalty and dedication I see on a daily basis,” Dr Levitz says. “Despite the size and spread of our doctor team, our annual doctor partner meetings allow us to catch up with our colleagues from across the country and share ideas, research and experiences. I am now in a privileged position to continue this culture of respect and collaboration.”