About Us

Our History and Board

Dr. Robert Gold
OMIC Chair

OMIC is the largest insurer of ophthalmologists in the United States. Formed in 1987 by a group of visionary eye doctors, our specialty-specific program is unique in our industry. Our mission is to serve the needs of members of the American Academy of Ophthalmology by providing high quality medical liability insurance products and services. OMIC strives to be a leader in the medical liability community and to promote quality ophthalmic care and patient safety.

Before OMIC, ophthalmologists were often forced to subsidize higher risk medical specialties and sometimes were unable to obtain coverage as disloyal commercial and multispecialty carriers entered and exited the market at different times during insurance market cycles. We exist to eliminate the instability, which can be a direct threat to our practice of ophthalmology.

Over our 30 years in business, OMIC has achieved many firsts in ophthalmic malpractice prevention and defense. We have created a timeline of major milestones on our Facebook page. Those not currently insured by OMIC may want to consider the OMIC Advantage and all of the products and services we offer for ophthalmologists.

Board of Directors

OMIC’s current Chair of our Board of Directors is Dr. Daniel Briceland of Arizona.

2023 OMIC Board and Committees

Each quarter and in our annual report, OMIC’s Chair writes a message to policyholders.

The day my systems went down

The future ain’t what it used to be

The year of vision

Past Messages from our Chair – George Williams, MD

“It’s just a PVD.”

Play Ball!

100 Years: A Continuing Legacy

Past Messages from our Chair – Tamara Fountain, MD:

I am the Daughter of an Aviator

Change is in the Air

Extra! Extra! Read all About it!

I Spent Mother’s Day With Granny

It’s Just Words on a Piece of Paper!

The Bean. Magnificent Mile. …And Deep Dish Pizza

We Value Your Security: A Letter from my Bank

2015-2016 Members Report.

Past OMIC Board Chairs

From Left: Dr John Flaxel, Dr. Bruce Spivey, Dr Mike Allen, Dr Reginald Stambaugh

From Left: Dr John Flaxel, Dr. Bruce Spivey, Dr Mike Allen, Dr Reginald Stambaugh

Reginald Stambaugh MD of Florida

(Served from 1987 to 1994)

John Flaxel MD of Oregon

(Served from 1994 to 1997)

Arthur (Mike) Allen MD of California

(Served from 1997 to 2005)

Joe McFarlane Jr MD of Texas

(Served from 2005 to 2009)

Richard Abbott MD of California

(Served from 2009 to 2011)

John Shore MD of Texas

(Served from 2011 to 2014)

Tamara Fountain MD of Illinois

(Served from 2014 to 2016)

George Williams MD of Michigan

(Served from 2016 to 2019)

Executive Staff

OMIC President & CEO Timothy Padovese

OMIC President & CEO
Timothy Padovese

President and CEO is Timothy Padovese

VP Finance and CFO is Ricci Rascoe

VP Risk Management is Linda Harrison

VP Product Management is Betsy Kelley

VP Underwriting is Neil Simons

VP Large Accounts is Ray Fontenot

VP Marketing and Sales is Robert Widi

VP Claims is Ryan Bucsi

VP General Counsel is Kim Wynkoop


Six reasons OMIC is the best choice for ophthalmologists in America.

Leader in the industry.

A-rated by AM Best, OMIC is consistently ranked among the top malpractice insurance companies in America for financial stability. No other carrier has matched OMIC's consistent financial performance with regard to both combined, operating, and surplus ratios, the most relevant financial measurements for an insurance carrier.