Dr. Skuta is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Dean McGee Eye Institute and the Edward L. Gaylord Professor and Chair of the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine's Department of Ophthalmology in Oklahoma City. A native of Illinois, he received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois College of Medicine respectively. He completed an ophthalmology residency at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he was chief resident, and a glaucoma fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. Dr. Skuta also served on the faculty at the University of Michigan's W. K. Kellogg Eye Center from 1987 to 1992.
Dr. Skuta has contributed to more than 100 publications, book chapters, and educational products and has a particular research and clinical interest in wound healing and its modulation in glaucoma filtering surgery. He currently serves as President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). From 2007 to 2012, Dr. Skuta was the Academy’s Senior Secretary for Clinical Education. In 2006, Dr. Skuta completed a six-year term as Secretary for Ophthalmic Knowledge for the AAO. He currently serves or has served on the AAO's Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Committee of Secretaries, Nominating Committee, and Awards Committee.
Dr. Skuta is a Past President of the American Glaucoma Society (2005-2006) and a past Director/Senior Examiner (2001-2008) for the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO). He served as chair of the Written Examinations Committee for the ABO and on its Executive Committee, Nominating Committee, Examiners Committee, and Maintenance of Certification Committee. He was an ABO representative to the American Board of Medical Specialties. Dr. Skuta is a past member (2004-2007) of the Board of Governors of the World Glaucoma Association (formerly the Association of International Glaucoma Societies). He has been an editor for the AAO's ProVision print and CD-ROM educational products and also has served as a principal investigator for the National Eye Institute-sponsored Advanced Glaucoma Intervention Study (AGIS) and Collaborative Initial Glaucoma Treatment Study (CIGTS). In addition, he was a member of the Data and Safety Monitoring Committee for the Ocular Hypertension Treatment Study (OHTS).
He is a past chair of the American Glaucoma Society's Program Committee and the AAO's Self-Assessment Committee. Dr. Skuta has served on the AAO's Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) Committee and is a current member of the editorial board for the Journal of Glaucoma and a past editorial board member of the AAO's EyeNet magazine. He is a past president of the American Eye Study Club and a past director-at-large for the Oklahoma Academy of Ophthalmology. In 2003, Dr. Skuta was elected to active membership in the Glaucoma Research Society (formerly known as the Glaucoma Society of the International Congress of Ophthalmology). He has delivered lectures and presentations at more than 200 meetings throughout the United States and also in South America, the Caribbean, Europe, Asia, and South Africa.
Among Dr. Skuta's honors and awards are Phi Beta Kappa, president of the University of Illinois Varsity Men's Glee Club, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Resident Teaching Award from the University of Michigan Department of Ophthalmology, and the AAO's Achievement Award, Senior Achievement Award, and Life Achievement Honor Award. He is listed in Marquis' Who's Who in Americaand Who's Who in the World and among the Best Doctors in America, America's Top Ophthalmologists(Consumers' Research Council of America), Oklahoma Super Doctors, and Castle Connolly Medical Ltd’sAmerica’s Top Doctors.
He and his wife Anne, who is a nurse and Administrative Director of the Nazih Zuhdi Transplant Institute at INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, reside in Edmond, Oklahoma. They have three children (Jon, who is Director of Finance for the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Department; Cate, a physical therapist at Physical Therapy Central in Norman; and Matt, a film and media studies graduate of the University of Oklahoma - Norman who now lives in Burbank, California). They are members of the United Methodist Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City.