Article Date: 4/1/2003

We're Ready For a Change
OM welcomes a new optometric editor and sends our best to a valued friend.

"Life is a progression, and not a station." ­ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Management publications, Optometric Management included, implore readers to recognize change as an engine for growth and learning. Now it's our turn to practice what we preach.

Dr. Neil Gailmard, who served as chief optometric editor of OM for the past two years, has decided to step down from his editorial position and return to full-time clinical practice. I'm happy to report that Neil will still serve on our editorial advisory board and will continue to write the Management Tip of the Week e-newsletter.

A new standard

I know I speak for OM and the entire staff of our publishing company, BCI, when I say that we will miss Neil. His knowledge, foresight and judgement helped Optometric Management set a new standard of excellence in the coverage of practice management and patient care.

Personally, Neil impressed me from our first conversation, which was a phone interview for my position with OM. He immediately made me feel as though we were old friends. Although he held his editorial position for only one year when we first spoke, I mistook him for a seasoned veteran of the publishing field. (For those of you familiar with publishing, I mean that in a good way.)

The next step

I'm happy to report that Walter D. West, O.D., will take over the reins as Optometric Management's chief optometric editor beginning with our May issue.

Those of you who know Dr. West know that we couldn't have asked for an editor with better credentials. He is a senior partner of Primary Eyecare Group, a private practice in suburban Nashville, Tenn. He has contributed to OM and to our sister publication, Contact Lens Spectrum. In addition, he has published numerous articles and has helped develop educational videos.

Dr. West has served as a consultant and clinical investigator to most of the major contact lens, solution and pharmaceutical manufacturers in the eyecare industry. He also has experience in the area of patient communications software.

Best wishes and a welcome

The staff of Optometric Management wishes Neil all the best as he returns to full-time practice. We would also like to extend a hearty welcome to Walt as he joins the OM team. I'm confident that we'll accomplish great things together.


Optometric Management, Issue: April 2003