Robert W. Panton, MD, an Elmwood Park Ophthalmologist, and member of the Medical Staffs of Westlake Hospital and West Suburban Medical Center, was inaugurated as the Chicago Medical Society’s (CMS) 165rd president during ceremonies on June 11, at the CMS Annual Meeting.
Dr. Panton is board-certified in ophthalmology. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Ophthalmology and The American College of Surgeons. A graduate of Brown University Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island, Dr. Panton completed an internship in internal medicine at the University of Chicago Medical Center, followed by a residency in ophthalmology at the University of Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. He served a fellowship in cornea and anterior segment surgery at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.
A CMS member since 1987, Dr. Panton has served as secretary, vice-chairman of the Council, chairman of the Council, and president-elect. As CMS president-elect, Dr. Panton also served as chair of the Board of Trustees and Editorial Advisory Staff. He is a current delegate to the Illinois State Medical Society (ISMS). At the ISMS level, Dr. Panton serves on the Board of Trustees, and as a delegate to the ISMS House of Delegates. Dr. Panton is also a member of the American Medical Association.
He is in a group practice at his family-operated Panton Eye Center in Elmwood Park, working with his father, John H. Panton, MD, his brother Peter J. Panton, MD, and his sister, Elizabeth Panton Karkazis, OD.
A resident of River Forest, Dr. Panton and his wife Marika are the parents of three children.