George A. (Jack) Cioffi, MD, has been appointed chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Ophthalmologist-in-Chief at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, effective March 1, 2012. Currently, he is chief medical officer and senior vice president at Legacy Health, R.G. Chenoweth Endowed Chair of Ophthalmology at Devers Eye Institute, and professor of ophthalmology at Oregon Health & Science University.
Dr. Cioffi is an internationally recognized glaucoma researcher and clinician. He joined Devers Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon, in 1991 as a fellow and was responsible for building the Institute's research department. His research focuses on how circulatory changes in the optic nerve may lead to glaucoma and on best practices in glaucoma surgery. He has been continuously funded for 18 years by the National Institutes of Health and has contributed to more than 200 publications. He is current editor in chief of the Journal of Glaucoma and chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Glaucoma Research Foundation.
As chief medical officer at Legacy Health since 2006, Dr. Cioffi oversees patient safety and quality, graduate and continuing education, and medical staff and research. He helped lead Legacy Health's "Big Aims" initiative that succeeded in significantly reducing hospital-associated infections and inpatient mortality to best-in-class rates.
Dr. Cioffi received his undergraduate degree (magna cum laude and phi beta kappa) from the University of Vermont and his medical degree (cum laude) from the University of South Carolina. He completed his residency at the University of Maryland, where he was chief resident. Since 2002, he has been listed among Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors.
Dr. Cioffi has received numerous honors in his career, including the Clinician-Scientist Award from the American Glaucoma Society, the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the 2010 Shaffer-Hetherington-Hoskins award from the Glaucoma Research Foundation in San Francisco.
Dr. Cioffi succeeds Dr. Stanley Chang, who provided exemplary and inspirational leadership during his time as Chair and Director of Ophthalmology. During his tenure, the department attracted a top-notch team of researchers and clinicians, developed new faculty practices in New York and New Jersey, more than doubled the number of surgical cases in the Eye Institute, and dramatically increased research funding. Dr. Chang will remain an active and valuable member of the faculty and continue his patient care, research and teaching commitments.