Chris Throckmorton.

ST. LOUIS—EyeCare Partners (ECP), a leading provider of clinically integrated eyecare, announced that Chris Throckmorton has been named chief executive officer, succeeding the role held by Ben Breier as interim CEO. This change is effective Jan. 29, 2024. “We are thrilled Chris is joining the organization,” said Breier, head of U.S. private equity health and life at Partners Group. “Chris’ proven track record and dedication to patients and clinicians made him the ideal candidate to lead the organization into its next phase of growth and success. We look forward to witnessing the positive impact he will have on our continued commitment to enhance vision, advance eyecare and improve lives.”

A health care leader with more than three decades of experience, Throckmorton is widely recognized for his strategic vision, operational acumen and commitment to delivering high-quality care. Most recently, he served as president and CEO of Athletico Physical Therapy, a leading provider of outpatient orthopedic rehabilitation services. Prior to that, Throckmorton had served as Pivot Health CEO since 2019, helping build the organization into a leading physical therapy provider.

“Joining EyeCare Partners as CEO is an incredible opportunity to lead a talented team that is passionate about world-class eyecare, continuous learning and innovation,” said Throckmorton. “As we look forward, I am committed to building upon the organization’s legacy of excellence and driving innovation and collaboration to meet the evolving needs of our patients and practices.”

Commenting on Throckmorton’s appointment, George Bernstein, board lead operating director, said, “As EyeCare Partners moves into its next stage of growth, Chris’ leadership—along with our executive leadership team—will be pivotal to maintain momentum, champion our values and advance the organization, elevating eyecare for the optometry and ophthalmology patients we serve and supporting our 8,600 team members.”

Throckmorton has also held prior roles as CEO of IntegraMed Fertility, and group president and chief operating officer of Surgery Partners, a leading operator of surgical facilities and ancillary services with more than 180 locations nationwide. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and he earned his MBA degree in finance from Georgia State University.

EyeCare Partners is a leading provider of clinically integrated eyecare. Its national network of over 300 ophthalmologists and 700 optometrists provides a lifetime of care to patients with a mission to enhance vision, advance eyecare and improve lives. Based in St. Louis, Missouri, over 700 ECP-affiliated practice locations provide services that span the eyecare continuum in 18 states and 30 markets.