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As Chief Executive Officer since 2007, Joseph P. Bilson has developed an impressive record of success.  Mr. Bilson’s leadership has achieved clinical volume goals through aggressive program development and robust financial performance during some of the harshest global economic periods on record.

Mr. Bilson’s accomplishments have been many during his 30 years with Wills Eye.  He strategically planned and developed a very successful network of multi-state ambulatory surgery centers.  He implemented major projects, including Wills On Wheels, a new mobile eye clinic for community outreach and education.  He constructed a state-of-the-art Diagnostic Testing Center with advanced testing equipment not available elsewhere in the Eastern United States.  He also launched the Wills Eye Knowledge Portal for online ophthalmic medical education.

Mr. Bilson also has served as President of the Wills Eye Surgical Network since 1995.  Prior to Wills Eye, he held various senior positions with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Mercy Catholic Medical Center.  Mr. Bilson attended Penn State University and Rowan University.  He is a graduate of the School of Business with a concentration in Accounting and Finance.  He graduated magna cum laude with honors.  He is president of the American Association of Eye and Ear Centers of Excellence, where he also served as Secretary/Treasurer in 2009.

Under his leadership, Wills Eye has ranked consistently as one of the nation's top ophthalmic specialty hospitals by U.S. News & World Report.