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 (OU) 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 115 publications, book chapters, and educational products and has a particular research and clinical interest in wound healing and its modulation in glaucoma filtering surgery as well as glaucoma clinical trials. He served as President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in 2014. 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 has served on the AAO's Board of Trustees, Executive Committee, Committee of Secretaries, Nominating Committee (chair in 2015), and Awards Committee. Dr. Skuta is currently the AAO representative to the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (NAEVR)/Alliance for Eye and Vision Research (AEVR). He also serves on the Board of Directors, Underwriting Committee, and Risk Management Committee for the Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company (OMIC) and on the Board of Directors of the American Glaucoma Society Foundation.
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 250 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 or has been listed in Marquis' Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World (and is a 2017 recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award) and among the Best Doctors in America, America's Top Ophthalmologists (Consumers' Research Council of America), Oklahoma Super Doctors, and Castle Connolly Top Doctors. He was inducted into the Tuscola (Illinois) Community High School Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2017, he was awarded a Regents' Professorship by the OU Board of Regents for "outstanding service to the University, to the academic community, or to an academic or professional discipline through extraordinary achievement in academic administration or professional service." He received the President's Award from the American Glaucoma Society in 2018 for "significant contributions to the glaucoma community through his scientific achievements, service to the Society, and/or service to the profession as a whole." In October 2018, he will receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Wisconsin Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.
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 engaged in law enforcement with the Oklahoma City Police Department and is married to Amy (Gibson) Skuta, a specialist with Scott Sabolich Prosthetics; Cate, a physical therapist with Physical Therapy Central in Oklahoma City and married to Justan Wright, who works for Continental Resources; and Matt, a film and media studies graduate of the University of Oklahoma - Norman who now lives and works in the Los Angeles, California area.) They are members of the United Methodist Church of the Servant in Oklahoma City.