Dr. Buckley is a native of Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Duke University in 1972 with a BSE in Electrical Engineering. He received his MD degree from Duke in 1977 followed by a residency in ophthalmology. He then completed two fellowships, one in pediatric ophthalmology and the other in neuro-ophthalmology, both at the University of Miami Bascom Palmer Eye Institute returning to the faculty at Duke in 1983. He is currently the Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and the James P. and Heather Gills Professor of Ophthalmology, Professor of Pediatrics, and the Vice Dean for Education for the School of Medicine, overseeing all of the student education programs including the PA, DPT, Path Assistant and Masters of Clinical Research, Biostatistics, and Clinical Leadership. He was the Chief of both the Pediatric and Neuro-ophthalmology services for many years. He has been involved with the development of the Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School (Duke-NUS) education program since 2001 and currently Co-Chairs the Duke-NUS Academic Committee. He is the director of the pediatric ophthalmology fellowship program at Duke and has trained over 45 clinical and 10 research fellows.
Dr. Buckley has served as President of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS), Chair of the American Board of Ophthalmology, Chair of the Section of Ophthalmology of the American Academy of Pediatrics, President of the American Orthoptic Society, and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of AAPOS. He has received the Life Time Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and AAPOS. He has published/edited eight books, 40 book chapters, and over 120 peer-reviewed articles. He has given many prestigious named lectures including the Marshall Parks Lecture at the AAO, the Costenbader lecture at AAPOS and the Richard Scobee Memorial Lecture for the AACO. Although he is considered an expert in multiple aspects of pediatric ophthalmology, Dr. Buckley is perhaps best known for his research and clinical innovations involving the treatment of complicated strabismus and congenital cataracts.