The World Association of Eye Hospitals (WAEH) is delighted to announce the appointment of Brendon Gardner, CEO of The Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital in Melbourne, as the new Chair of the organization. He officially assumes this leadership role, succeeding the outgoing Chair, Cathy Kowalewski of Wilmer Eye Johns Hopkins, who commendably served in this capacity for the past two years. Brendon Gardner’s new position was formally announced during the 17th Annual Meeting of the WAEH.
During her tenure Cathy Kowalewski made significant contributions to the WAEH, elevating its mission of fostering collaboration and excellence in eye healthcare worldwide. Her dedication and leadership have been instrumental in strengthening the organization’s global presence and influence. Brendon Gardner expressed his profound gratitude to Cathy for her tireless efforts and stewardship in furthering the vision of the WAEH.
“It is an immense honor to take on the role of Chair within the WAEH,” said Brendon Gardner. “I would like to express my deepest appreciation to Cathy Kowalewski for her exceptional leadership during her term. Her dedication and achievements have set a high standard, and I am eager to continue building on the foundation she has established.”
The 17th Annual Meeting of the WAEH provided an ideal platform for this significant transition, with members from around the world coming together to celebrate the organization’s accomplishments and chart a course for the future of eye healthcare. The event marked the beginning of Brendon Gardner’s two-year tenure, during which he aims to steer the WAEH towards even greater successes and international cooperation in the field of ophthalmology.
Under Brendon Gardner’s guidance, the WAEH will continue its mission of fostering collaboration, sharing best practices, and promoting knowledge exchange among its member hospitals. The organization looks forward to his leadership and the innovative initiatives that will further enhance the quality of eye healthcare globally.
The World Association of Eye Hospitals extends its heartfelt congratulations to Brendon Gardner and expresses deep gratitude to Cathy Kowalewski for her remarkable contributions to the organization. The future of eye healthcare holds great promise under their combined stewardship.
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