Rochester, Minnesota Clinical Profile


The research of George B. Bartley, M.D., pertains to the effect of board certification on the quality of patient care. He studies diseases affecting the structures around the eye, including the eyelids, lacrimal drainage system and orbit. Dr. Bartley also focuses on melanomas and cancers that affect the eye and its surrounding areas.

Focus areas

  • How board certification affects the standard of medical care people receive.
  • Medical education.
  • Adult learning.
  • Eye conditions, including blocked tear ducts and eyelid drooping.
  • Surgery to rebuild eye structures.
  • Melanomas and cancers involving the eye and areas around the eye.

Significance to patient care

The American Board of Ophthalmology, founded in 1916, was the first certifying board in medicine and surgery in the United States. Its primary purpose is to serve the public by verifying the competency of eye doctors known as ophthalmologists.

Professional highlights

  • Chief executive officer, American Board of Ophthalmology, 2017-present.
  • Alumni Achievement Award, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, 2021.
  • Laureate Recognition Award, American Academy of Ophthalmology, 2020.
  • President, American Ophthalmological Society, 2016-2017.
  • Editor-in-chief, Ophthalmology, 2012-2017.
  • Research award, American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2006.
  • Editor-in-chief, Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 1999-2002.
  • President, Cogan Ophthalmic History Society, 1997-2000.


Primary Appointment

  1. Consultant, Department of Ophthalmology

Academic Rank

  1. Professor of Ophthalmology


  1. Fellow Wright State University School of Medicine
  2. Resident Mayo Clinic
  3. Resident Ophthalmology, Programs in Rochester, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
  4. Internship Riverside Methodist Hospital
  5. Ohio State University College of Medicine
  6. BA Miami University

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