Dean McGee Eye Institute Names Garyl Geist as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Dean McGee Eye Institute Names Garyl Geist as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI) announced today the appointment of Garyl Geist as its new Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Geist is currently the Chief Operating Officer of the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic and will join the Eye Institute in February.

“Garyl Geist’s impressive background in healthcare management, strategic planning and operations underscores our commitment to a continuing legacy of strong leadership in this position at the Dean McGee Eye Institute,” said Gregory L. Skuta, MD, DMEI President and CEO and Edward L. Gaylord Professor and Chair of the OU Department of Ophthalmology. “Garyl’s exceptional leadership has resulted in remarkable growth and increased effectiveness and efficiency in the organizations for which he has worked in the past. I am confident that Garyl will apply those same skills here to help propel the Eye Institute to new levels of excellence in the years to come.”

“The Dean McGee Eye Institute has an outstanding reputation in the healthcare community for its leadership in providing compassionate clinical and surgical care and for sustaining its deep commitment to education and scientific discovery,” said Geist. “It is an honor to join this leadership team as we set our sights toward even greater contributions and achievements in the future.”

Geist served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Valir Health, LLC before joining the Oklahoma Allergy and Asthma Clinic. In 2010, The Journal Record recognized him as one of Oklahoma’s “Most Admired CEOs”. In 2009, he was named one of Oklahoma City’s “Achievers Under 40.”

Geist earned his undergraduate degree in accounting from East Central University in Ada, Oklahoma, and a Master’s Degree in Accountancy from the University of Oklahoma. He resides in Norman with his wife and four children.

About the Dean McGee Eye Institute
The Dean McGee Eye Institute is dedicated to serving all Oklahomans and the global community through excellence and leadership in patient care, education and vision research. It is one of the largest and most respected eye institutes in the United States and houses the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. Its research and training programs are among the most highly regarded in the country. Nineteen of the Institute’s ophthalmologists are listed in the Best Doctors in America; its Director of Vision Research is a Past President of the International Society for Eye Research, Past Vice President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and a recipient of ARVO’s prestigious Proctor Medal; two members of the faculty are recent or current directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology; three serve or have recently served on the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology; one is Vice Chair of the Residency Review Committee in Ophthalmology for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education; and one is Immediate Past President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Past President of the American Glaucoma Society. For more information, visit


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