Bernard Godley, M.D.
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Bernard Godley, M.D.

Senior Client Partner, Academic Health Center Practice

Dr. Bernard F. Godley is a Senior Client Partner in the Houston office of Korn Ferry, representing the Firm’s Academic Health Center Practice. Dr. Godley is a thought leader in applying lean transformation principles to executive search process.

Dr. Godley served as Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at UTMB for ten years. As Chair, Dr. Godley is credited with the rapid turn-around of the Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences (OVS) Department at UTMB - significantly improving patient satisfaction, operational efficiency, and growth in faculty and services. 

Dr. Godley’s research focused on molecular mechanisms of macular degeneration, identifying the genetic locus for progressive bifocal chorioretinal atrophy as a trainee, and pioneering the study of mitochondrial DNA damage and repair in retinal cells as a contributor to macular degeneration as an NIH-funded investigator. He holds a U.S. patent for a novel noninvasive ocular drug delivery technology and started a biotechnology company. Dr. Godley has received a number of awards for both clinical and scholarly contributions, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award. 

Dr. Godley earned a bachelor’s degree at Brown University and completed the combined MD and PhD program at Harvard Medical School and MIT. After completing a medical internship at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he did an ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa, followed by retina fellowship at Moorfield’s Eye Hospital and the University of London, and the Retina Institute of Maryland. Dr. Godley obtained an MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management where he focused on leadership and finance. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American College of Surgeons.