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Dr Joan Draper Elected To Danbury Hospital Board



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Dr Joan Draper Elected To Danbury Hospital Board

DANBURY — Danbury Health Systems has announced the election of Joan Patricia Draper, MD, to its board of directors for a three-year term.

A native of Newtown, Dr Draper is a board-certified ophthalmologist and has been a solo practitioner with a private practice in Danbury and Southbury since 1989. In 2004 Dr Draper was appointed medical staff president at Danbury Hospital. She has previously served on the Medical Affairs Committee, the Executive Committee, and as vice president of the medical staff.

Dr Draper completed her medical degree at McGill University in Montreal. Her postgraduate training included an internship in internal medicine at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, an ophthalmology residency at McGill University in Montreal, and a pediatric and Strabismus Fellowship at SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, N.Y. Dr Draper earned her AB degree cum laude in French literature from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Dr Draper’s career has been distinguished by several published research projects and presentations: “Superior Oblique Palsy: A Review of 47 Cases” co-authored with Dr M. Flanders for the Canadian Ophthalmologic Society meeting in Montreal; “Bilateral Congenital Third Nerve Palsy” co-authored with Dr M. Flanders for the Canadian Ophthalmologic Society in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Dr. Draper’s professional affiliations include the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Diplomat, Board Certified, Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians, Fairfield County Medical Association, American Medical Association, and the American Medical Women’s Association.

Fluent in French, Dr Draper enjoys travel, yoga, and reading. She resides with her husband Dr Gary Townsend and their three daughters in Brookfield.

Dr Draper grew up in Newtown, and is the daughter of Dr and Mrs Thomas F. Draper. Her father currently serves as the medical director of community medicine at the Seifert & Ford Family Community Health Center in Danbury, and is the medical advisor for the Newtown Health District.

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