Brian M DeBroff is an Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale University School of Medicine. He grew up in Pittsburgh and attended Tufts University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in Biology and Classics. As a medical student at Tufts, he was inducted in Alpha Omega Alpha and The Sir William Osler Honor Society and was presented with the Sandoz Award and the Mass...
Brian M DeBroff is an Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale University School of Medicine. He grew up in Pittsburgh and attended Tufts University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in Biology and Classics. As a medical student at Tufts, he was inducted in Alpha Omega Alpha and The Sir William Osler Honor Society and was presented with the Sandoz Award and the Massachusetts Medical Society Research Award. After his Ophthalmology Residency at the Eye and Ear Institute at the University of Pittsburgh, he completed an Anterior Segment Surgery Fellowship at the Gimbel Eye Centre/University of Calgary in Calgary, Canada. He has also completed an Executive Management Program at the Yale University Business School and Yale University School of Public Health in 2000.
His publications include 2 books, eight book chapters, and over 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has practiced Ophthalmology in Connecticut for the past 20 years, during which time he has been actively training Ophthalmology residents at the Yale University School of Medicine and has been the only Ophthalmologist to be presented with the Teaching Award twice (1998 and 2008). He has also served as the Residency Program Director and the Vice Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science for 7 years (1999-2006). He continues to teach as Director of Cataract Medical Education and Wet Laboratory Training for the Yale University Residency Program (since 1994). He is also on the Resident Surgical Curriculum Committee.
From 1999-2006, He is also was the Director of the Cataract Eye Service at Yale University and the Director of Comprehensive Eye Services, Consultative Eye Services for Yale-New Haven Hospital, and Chairman of the Operating Room Committee. He has served on numerous academic committees, including: CME, Appointment and Promotions, Medical School Admissions, Facilities and Operations Design, Graduate Medical Education, Liaison Chair Search, Clinical Chiefs, Practice Advisory to the Dean, Strategic Advisory Committee for Yale Medical School, Best Practices, and the Dean’s Clinical Practice Planning Committee.
He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is the Selection Chair for Ophthalmology applicants to the American College of Surgeons in Connecticut. He serves numerous editorial positions including Section Editor of Cataract Surgery Techniques for Techniques in Ophthalmology, and a Reviewer for: Archives of Ophthalmology, Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, Ocular Surgery News, Journal of Refractive Surgery, and the Ophthalmology Section of the Federal Practitioner.
His awards include: American Academy of Ophthalmology LEO Award, AAO Award for Federal Service, Plenary Award from the Diabetic Association of Bangladesh, Vision Leadership Award, Straatsma Award Nominee, Research Council of America Top Ophthalmologists (2001-2009), Castle Connolly’s Top Ophthalmologist (New York Metropolitan Area), and Best Doctors of America.
His area of expertise is Cataract Surgery. He performs the latest techniques of adult and pediatric cataract surgery, including complicated and traumatic anterior segment surgery. He has extensive experience and teaches other Ophthalmologists in performing Toric and Multifocal IOL procedures. He has lectured Nationally and Internationally regarding cataract surgery techniques and actively teaches and supervises Ophthalmology residents in performing cataract surgery.
Jason Schmit grew up in Rapid City, SD. He attended the University of
South Dakota and graduated with a degree in Biology. He then attended
the Illinois College of Optometry. He led his own private optometry
practice in Minnesota and has worked extensively in clinical care. For
the last 14 years, he had been involved with laser vision correction and
more recently with cataract procedures at LCA-Vision both clinically
and in management. He is a member of the American Optometric Association
and the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology. He has lectured
throughout the United States on topics ranging from the cataract patient
experience to dry eye. He also consults ophthalmology practices around
the nation specializing in enhancing the patient experience.
He joined Vance Thompson Vision in April of 2013 from Maple Grove, MN.
His focus lies in oculoplastics, aesthetics, cataract and refractive
clinical care. He recently was fundamental in establishing their Dry Eye
Center of Excellence.
Jason and Lori Schmit reside here in Sioux Falls, SD along with their
two boys, Gavin and Gabe. They enjoy golfing, tennis, travelling,
swimming, and spending time with their families.
Include advancements in cataract surgery and ocular surface disease.
Joondeph is a native of northern New Jersey. He completed his training as a retina surgeon in 1990 and since then has worked both in private practice and full-time academic ophthalmology. He has been in Denver since 2003 after returning from an academic position in New Zealand. He has more than 50 publications and is a current and past investigator in multiple clinical trials, looking at new and innovative treatments for a variety of retinal diseases. He works at the Lowry, Parker and Golden offices of CRA and attends a monthly outreach clinic in Goodland, KS.
He is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Parker, CO. He is also a part-time student at the University of Denver, pursuing a Master's Degree in Healthcare Leadership. Dr Joondeph is married and has three adult children. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his family. His hobbies include skiing, golf and fitness.
Endophthalmitis, ocular trauma, macular degeneration and quality measures in healthcare
Peter Van Patten trained as a neurologist and is a practicing ophthalmologist and eye surgeon. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies, is the founder of Celsprin LLC, and is the inventor of a novel treatment for prophylaxis of migraine using a Cox-2 inhibitor and aspirin (or active derivative). He has practiced ophthalmology including cataract surgery since 1991 and filed his first provisional patent application in August of 2000, leading to an issued patent in March of 2014. He filed his second provisional patent application in December of 2013 and founded Celsprin LLC (an intellectual property holding company) in March of 2014.
As a physician board certified in ophthalmology and neurology, he has more than 24 years of clinical and surgical experience and completed two full residency programs as well as a Transitional internship (including rotations in medical and surgical specialties).
He worked for Kaiser as an emergency room physician on weekends prior to completing his neurology residency. He then worked in the same Department for three months before joining Jackson and Coker as a full time Delaware-based locum tenens neurologist in September of 1987 prior to beginning his ophthalmology residency program in July of 1988.
After completing his second residency in 1991, he worked in private practice in Central Oregon for two years prior to becoming an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in 1993 where he served on the Patents and Copyrights Committee.
In 1996, He joined the East Range Clinics as a staff ophthalmologist and was offered shareholder status two years later. After several months, the clinic merged with SMDC Health System which subsequently became Essentia Health. In 2006, he was invited to become a Board member of the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology where he served for six years. He also served as a Board member of the Range Medical Society from 1999 through 2013 and an alternate Delegate and Delegate to the Minnesota Medical Association annual meeting several times, serving on a Reference Committee (including open debate of proposed resolutions) at the Annual Meeting in September of 2011.
He enjoys fly fishing and other outdoor activities, is a fitness enthusiast, likes to travel, and is also proud to support his daughter Arabella’s equestrian and educational activities in northern Virginia (where she is a member of the Foxcroft School Equestrian team).
Novel methods; compositions involving Cox-2 inhibition; aspirin (or active derivative)
Michael J Giese, OD, PhD, FAAO received his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Illinois College of Optometry in 1985 then he completed a hospital based residency at the Jesse Brown (West Side) VA Medical Center in 1986. Following his residency he became Director of Contact Lenses and Low Vision at Northwestern University School of Medicine, Department of Ophthalmology. In 1991 he left Chicago and became an assistant professor of Optometry at the Southern California College of Optometry in Fullerton CA. In 1993 he enrolled in a PhD program at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. He completed his PhD in 1998 after which he became a research ophthalmologist at the Jules Stein Eye Institute supervising the ocular immunology laboratory. Additionally, he saw patients as a member of the Ocular Inflammatory Disease Center specializing in uveitis. In 2003 he left UCLA and became a clinical associate professor at the College of Optometry at the Ohio State University where he served as Director of the Ocular Disease service. In 2008 he left Ohio State and relocated to Nova Southeastern University with the charge of developing research laboratory. Currently He is in private practice.
Miguel Paciuc was born in Mexico City in 1955. He is second son of Roumanian immigrants. He graduated from Medical School at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico on1978. His Ophthalmology residency and pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at the Association para evitar la ceguera in Mexico City. His International Strabismus Fellow with Dr. Arthur Jampolsky at the Smith Kettlewell Institute in San Francisco, CA.He was President of the Mexican Down’s syndrome Association for more than10 years. He has donePediatric ophthalmology private practice until 2010. Currently he is working at Denver Health Medical Center as Pediatric Ophthalmologist and Associate Professor at the University of Colorado since 2010.
Main professional interests are Strabismus, Diplopia, and Down’s syndrome
Robert M Easton
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Robert M Easton as a student at University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO), he served as AOSA Trustee and AOSA Vice-President. For his dedication to the profession, he was presented the 1982 AOSA Ray Myers Award. In addition, he did his externship at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida. He has been a solo professional practitioner in the greater Fort Lauderdale area after graduating from the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) in 1982.
One year after graduating form Optometry School, he became a Trustee for the Broward County Optometric Association and soon after the President of the BCOA. During his tenure with the BCOA he began the successful Gold Coast Educational Retreat. He chaired the Gold Coast for 5 years.
In 1986, he was elected Trustee of the Florida Optometric Association and eventually served as FOA’s President in 1993-94 and then he began the Vision Care Section for the Florida Public Health Association and opened dialogue with the Florida Society of Ophthalmology to work on joint legislation to improve relations between the professions. He also served as Florida’s AOA-PAC rep for 10 years. He became a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry in 1996.
After serving the FOA, he was appointed by the AOA President to the Professional Relations Committee for a 1-year term and then appointed to a 6-year term on the AOA-PAC Board. He served as Chair of AOA-PAC in 2000. In addition, he served as Keyperson for Clay Shaw-R, his Member of Congress, from 1986-2006.
In 1999, Governor Jeb Bush appointed him to the State Board of Optometry. He served as Chair of Probation, Examination, Continuing Education, and Unlicensed Activity Committees, was Vice-Chair of the Board from 2003-2004 and was elected Chairman in 2005. In addition, he served as the ARBO Representative for the FOA and worked with other members of the Board to add COPE as one of the clearinghouses for continuing medical education for Florida Licensees. In 2003, he was re-appointed to the State Board of Optometry by Governor Jeb Bush to serve a second term till 2007. Over the 2005 Spring Break, he participated in the NSU SVOSH mission to Carapungo, Ecuador. In 2002, he was appointed to serve the National Board Examination Review Committee as a member and was asked to be Chair of NBERC in 2003. At the annual 2003 ARBO meeting, he was elected to a 4-year term to the ARBO Board. He served as the ARBO President for 2006-2007. He was re-elected for a second term on the ARBO Board for 2007-2011.
He is a Past- President for his 155 member Rotary Club, 2011-2012.In 2006, University of Central Florida College of Sciences awarded the prestigious Professional Achievement Award during the annual Black and Gold Gala. He was appointed to the UCF College of Sciences Dean’s Executive Council from 2007-2009. In 2009, he was appointed by the provost of UCF as Faculty for the UCF College of Medicine. In addition, he was selected to be an Examiner/Consultant for the Florida Board of Optometry in 2009. In 2011 he became a Diplomate in the American Board of Optometry 2011-2021. He was recently installed in the Hall of Distinction as an alumni of Broward College. In his spare time, he continues training in boxing and kick-boxing. He has a 1st Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. His son, Rob, is a resident in Anesthesiology and his daughter, Linda, is currently an R.N at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Anterior Segment Disease; Corneal Topography; Contact Lenses and Precision Refraction
Robert Devenyi graduated summa cum laude from the University of Torornto School of Medicine. He completed his Ophthalmology training at the University of Toronto and then did further training in vitreoretinal surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He is Professor of Ophthalmology and Vision Sciences at the University of Toronto as well as the Ophthalmologist-in-Chief and Director of Retinal Services at the Donald K. Johnson Eye Center at the University Health Network.
He is the Karen and William Barnett Chair in Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto. He is the Retinal Surgery Lead at the Kensington Eye Institute. And he is the Team Ophthalmologist for the Toronto Maple Hockey Club. He specializes in all aspects of medical and surgical retinal disease, as well as combined cataract and retinal surgery. He is the first surgeon in the world to have performed combined femtolaser-phacoemulsification cataract surgery together with vitrectomy surgery. He is the first surgeon in Canada, and the second in North America, to have implanted the Argus II artificial retinal plant into a patient with severe retinitis pigmentosa.
His research interests include the development of a non-invasive choroidoscope to replace retinal angiography, the development of the world's first bioengineered permanent vitreous substitute and the surgical implantation of the world's first artificial retina, for patients who are completely blind secondary to genetic retinal disease.
Steven J Lichtenstein, is a pediatric ophthalmologist with the Illinois Eye Center as well as an Associate Clinical Professor in the Departments of Surgery and Pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and Chicago. He serves as Medical Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology for the Children’s Hospital of Illinois. He was received his medical degree from the University of Louisville, School of Medicine, where he also received his Masters of Science in Anatomy. Following completion of his internship in Internal Medicine at the University of Louisville Affiliated Hospitals, He was completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Yale University School of Medicine in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Yale-New Haven Hospital and then went on to complete a Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, Children's Hospital Boston.
Following his fellowship, he was in private practice in Louisville Kentucky for 16 years as Ophthalmologist-in-Chief with Louisville Children's Eye Specialists, where he also served as a Clinical Instructor as well as an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Louisville.
He is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American College of Surgeons, and the American Academy of Pediatrics, where he also served on the Executive Committee and Past-Chair of the Section on Ophthalmology. He is also a member of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus where he has served on numerous committees, and is the past president of the Peoria Medical Society.
He did most of the research in the early 90’s on ciprofloxacin, the first ophthalmic fluoroquinolone approved for the use in children, and has subsequently done research on the pediatric use of levofloxacin and moxifloxacin.
He has published numerous papers in the peer-reviewed literature, and has just completed two chapters in three major ophthalmology textbooks for the pediatrician. He was featured in the first American Academy of Pediatrics PREP Audio Series on the Red Eye and has lectured extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Japan.
Jerome A Legerton is an accomplished author, lecturer, vision scientist and consultant to the ophthalmic industry. He is an inventor on forty issued US patents and more than fifty patents pending for multifocal, aberration blocking, hybrid and scleral contact lenses, refractive surgery, corneal refractive therapy, contact lenses for refractive error regulation, contact lenses for wearable displays, protective lighting, humanitarian eyewear and diagnostic devices. He is a founder of SynergEyes, Inc. and co-inventor of Paragon CRT and NormalEyes mini-scleral lenses. During his 26 years in the private practice of optometry he specialized in low vision and contact lenses and served as the managing partner of a seven doctor multi-specialty practice in San Diego.
He was named the Young Optometrist of the Year by the California Optometric Association and Optometrist of the Year by the San Diego Optometric Society. He served as an elected City Councilman and Mayor Pro-tem for the City of Lemon Grove, CA and served as a Director of the San Diego Association of Governments. Dr. Legerton was honored for his community service with a proclamation by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for Jerome A. Legerton Day. He served as Benedict Professor, Practice Management for the University of Houston, College of Optometry and is the Practice Management Editor for Primary Care Optometry News and a Contributing Editor for Review of Optometry. He remains active in product development of novel contact lenses, contact lens enabled wearable electronic displays, humanitarian eyewear, and devices for early detection of ocular disease.
University of Central Florida College of Medicine
Jason Schmit grew up in Rapid City, SD. He attended the University of South Dakota and graduated with a degree in Biology. He then attended the Illinois College of Optometry. He led his own private optometry practice in Minnesota and has worked extensively in clinical care. For the last 14 years, he had been involved with laser vision correction and more recently with cataract procedures at LCA-Vision both clinically and in management. He is a member of the American Optometric Association and the Optometric Council on Refractive Technology. He has lectured throughout the United States on topics ranging from the cataract patient experience to dry eye. He also consults ophthalmology practices around the nation specializing in enhancing the patient experience.
He joined Vance Thompson Vision in April of 2013 from Maple Grove, MN. His focus lies in oculoplastics, aesthetics, cataract and refractive clinical care. He recently was fundamental in establishing their Dry Eye Center of Excellence.
Jason and Lori Schmit reside here in Sioux Falls, SD along with their two boys, Gavin and Gabe. They enjoy golfing, tennis, travelling, swimming, and spending time with their families.
Include advancements in cataract surgery and ocular surface disease.
Peg Achenbach is a graduate of Pacific University College of Optometry and has worked in the contact lens industry with Bausch & Lomb, J&J Vision Care, Contamac, Ltd, and SynergEyes. Her professional career includes 16 years of private practice. For eight years she was involved in research and drug development in oncology, HIV, dermatology and nutritional supplements as a co-founder of a biotech company. She has been an international lecturer for the past 20 years and was a panel member of the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She is a member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the American Optometric Association (AOA), International Association of Contact Lens Educators (IACLE), British Contact Lens Association (BCLA) and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry (FAAO). She obtained her undergraduate degree in Aeronautics from the University of North Dakota.
Vassilios P Kozobolis was Born in Athens, Greece. He Graduated from the Medical School, University of Messina, Italy (excellent with honors). His Specialty in Ophthalmology at the Hippokrateion Hospital of Athens his PhD on Exfoliation Syndrome and Exfoliation Glaucoma in the University of Crete, Medical School (excellent with honors). He specializes in various surgical techniques in anterior segment (Cataract, Glaucoma, Refractive Surgery, Corneal Transplantation, Corneal Cross linking). From 2002 head in the Department of Ophthalmology, Democritus University of Thrace, Medical School in Alexandroupolis, Greece. He founded the Eye Institute of Thrace (E.I.T.) focused on Glaucoma, Refractive Surgery and basic sciences and the Eye Bank and Corneal Transplantation Center in the University Hospital of Alexandroupolis He is Owner of 2 patents (European Patent Office: the intraocular tonometer). Head of the MSc entitled “Imaging in Ophthalmology”. He is author of various articles and reviewer in several journals in Europe and USA.
Glaucoma; Cataract; Refractive Surgery; PKP and Cross Linking
Antonio Ferreras is an Associate Professor of Health Sciences at the University of Zaragoza and a Consultant Surgeon (Ophthalmology) at the Miguel Servet University Hospital in Zaragoza (Spain). The University of Zaragoza awarded him his doctorate in 2003. His research interests include glaucoma, diagnosis based on functional and structural imaging technologies and vitreo-retinal diseases.
He has been the principal investigator for several research projects funded by the Spanish Health Research Fund and other institutions and companies. He has authored numerous articles published in major scientific journals of his specialty. In 2010, he received the Arruga award from the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology, which recognizes the best research and professional trajectory of a Spanish ophthalmologist younger than 40 years of age.
Glaucoma, diagnosis based on functional and structural imaging technologies and vitreo-retinal diseases.
Jay Lustbader is Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. He is also Professor of Ophthalmology at Georgetown University School of Medicine, serves as President of the Washington National Eye Center, and is the Medical Director of LasikPlus Rockville, Maryland.
He received his undergraduate degree Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.D. from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at the Wilme Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins, followed by a fellowship in Cornea and External Disease at the Center for Sight at Georgetown University. He has been on the faculty at Georgetown since 1992.
He has been actively involved in patient care, education, and clinical research throughout his career. He maintains a busy clinical practice in cornea and refractive surgery. He has delivered 50 invited lectures, authored 5 book chapters, and had numerous abstracts and publications. He has also received numerous awards, including the Achievement Award and Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Top Doctor recognition from Washingtonian Magazine. He is actively involved in a number of local and national medical organizations.
Resident education, Clinical research in refractive surgery techniques and corneal transplantation
John J Huang joined the Yale University School of Medicine starting July of 2007 as an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology specializing in vitreoretinal diseases and uveitis. His clinical practice involves medical and surgical treatment of patients with a wide range of retinal disorders, such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, macular hole, macular pucker, retinal detachment, cystoid macular edema and hereditary retinal degenerations. In addition, he utilizes the latest therapies for the management of noninfectious and infectious uveitis patients. Currently, he is also involved in a large number of clinical and translation research efforts aimed at bringing laboratory medicine to future patients. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications and co-authored ophthalmology textbooks.
Retina, Uveitis; Drug delivery; Genetics; HIV Infections
Eiden is president and medical director of North Suburban Vision Consultants, Ltd., a private group practice specializing in primary eye care, complex contact lens management, treatment of eye diseases, and refractive surgery. He is president and medical director of the National Keratoconus Institute, an organization providing patient care and practitioner education in the field of keratoconus and corneal ectasia. He is also co-founder and president of EyeVis Eye and Vision Research Institute, which is dedicated to clinical research and development of technologies in the eye care field. He is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center in the Department of Ophthalmology, Cornea and Contact Lens Service and an adjunct faculty member of the Indiana, Illinois, Salus, and UMSL Colleges of Optometry. He is Past Chair of the American Optometric Association’s Contact Lens and Cornea Section. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry. He is a research consultant for numerous contact lens, technology and pharmaceutical companies and lectures extensively both nationally and internationally.
Contact lenses; Keratoconus and Ocular surface diseases
Research endeavors involve creating enhanced technologies coupled with novel therapeutic modalities to advance the surgical correction of presbyopia at both the lenticular and corneal planes; Multidisciplinary approach to Keratoconus from genetic engineering to corneal stabling procedures; Customized MicroKeratotomy to effectively eliminate astigmatism caused by nonorthagonal asymmetric corneal toricity
Neil F. Notaroberto, MD, is a Medical Director of EyeCare 2020 Louisiana with offices in Slidell, Mandeville and Harahan Louisiana and Medical Director of the CLEVER Eye Institute. He is a fellowship trained ophthalmologist with expertise in retinal disease and surgery. His medical training includes The George Washington Medical Center in Washington, DC; Yale Medical Center in New Haven, CT; Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans, LA; University of Tennessee Medical Center in Memphis, TN; and the New South Wales Medical Center in Sydney, Australia. His research in bioinformatics and healthcare information technology began at the Yale Medical Center and culminated with a Medical Informatics fellowship at the GWU Medical Center resulting in the first monthly live Continuing Medical Education (CME) course over the Internet.
He is currently working on research projects to enhance the care of visually impairing eye disease in conjunction with biotechnology companies here in the USA and in Italy.
Diabetic retinopathy; Macular degeneration; best practices for telemedicine in Retinal disease surveillance.
Rebecca Metzinger joined the Department of Ophthalmology at Tulane School of Medicine in July 2008. She is chief of ophthalmology at the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System. She served as team ophthalmologist for the New Orleans Hornets during the 2004-2005 season. She received her BS in biomedical sciences in 1992 and her medical degree in 1995 through the integrated pre- medical/medical Inteflex Program at the University of Michigan. She completed an internship in general surgery in 1996 at the University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD. She also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship, a three-year residency in ophthalmology, and a fellowship in cornea and external eye diseases at Tulane University School of Medicine.
Prevention of corneal transplant rejection, Facial nerve regeneration and immunosuppressants.
Costas Karabatsas is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and a practicing Senior Consultant Eye Surgeon, cornea, refractive and glaucoma specialist. He gained his ophthalmology training and his clinical corneal fellowship (1991-1997) at the Department of Ophthalmology, Bristol Eye Hospital, UK, where he has also served as a Clinical Lecturer. He was awarded a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Bristol in 1997, for his work on management of post-keratoplasty astigmatism with the use of computerized topography. He subsequently completed a refractive surgery-LASIK mini Fellowship at University of Crete. He served as Ass. Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, Larissa University Hospital (1999-2007), acting as the Head of Anterior Surgery and Glaucoma Unit. In addition to his clinical role, he is active in research and teaching activities. He has published as a principal investigator over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers, chapters and books. He has delivered more than 300 lectures, both nationally and internationally. He is a member of International AAO, ESCRS and EGS, and is also an active member of the Executive Board of the Greek College of Ophthalmology, as well as the General Secretary of the Hellenic Cornea Society. He is on the editorial boards of several national and international ophthalmic journals. He is also a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.
Corneal diseases; Corneal transplantation; Keratoconus; Clinical trials; Evaluation of new drugs and medical devices in glaucoma.
Francesco Carones was Director of Refractive Surgery at the S. Raffaele Hospital University of Milan, Italy, up the year 2000, when he moved to private practice and co-founded the Carones Ophthalmology Center (Milan, Italy), where he performs cataract and refractive surgery. He has been involved in refractive surgery since 1989, when he started pioneering the use of the excimer laser. He participated in several clinical trials and contributed with original investigations, exploring the use of mitomycin C after laser refractive surgery and implanting novel phakic IOLs and pseudoaccommodative IOLs to correct ametropia. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the ISRS/AAO and a chairman of its International Council. He is Associate Editor of the Journal of Refractive Surgery and serves several editorial boards of the most important international journals. He published over 80 peer-reviewed scientific papers and 10 books and book chapters on refractive and cataract surgery.
Femtosecond laser surgery
Multifocal and presbyopia-correcting IOLs
Sorenson received her Doctor of Optometry degree from the University of Missouri-St. Louis before completing her residency at the Kansas City Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Low Vision Rehabilitation. She has practiced optometry at Mayo Clinic Arizona, Department of Ophthalmology, Scottsdale, Arizona, and as Dean of Clinical Instruction at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry in Glendale, Arizona. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry as well as a member of both the Arizona and American Optometric Associations who named her Arizona Optometrist of the Year in 2006. She has served as a member of the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO) Board of Directors and was the President of ARBO in both 2007-2008 and 2008-2009. She was appointed by the Governor of Arizona to the Arizona State Board of Optometry in 2001 and served as its Vice-President and President.
She was President of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) 2009 - 2010. Since joining the National Board in 2006, she has previously served as Secretary-Treasurer and has been a member of several NBEO examination development committees as well as the Vice-Chair of the 2006 National Board Examination Restructure Task Force. She is currently a board member of the NBEO-Board Certification program and a contributing author to Medscape – Optometry.
Ahmed Darwish is an Egyptian ophthalmologist who graduated from Ain Shams University in Cairo. He took his MBBch cerificate on November 1984 with excellent with highest honor degree. He began his residency in the ophthalmology department at Ain Shams University on 4/1986 and took his Master degree on 1989. In November 1993 he took his MD degree and on March 1994 he took the position of lecturer of ophthalmology at Ain Shams University. On 1999 he was upgraded to assistant professor and on 2004 to professor of ophthalmology and is still in this position up till now.
As regards his academic work in the university he is involved in research work, teaching for undergraduates and postgraduates, clinical training for younger staff, supervision for MSc & MD thesis, examining undergraduates and postgraduates both at Ain Shams University and as an external examiner in Suez Canal & Al-Azhar universities. Also he is involved as an instructor in scientific university days and conferences of Egyptian Ophthalmology Society.
Clinically, he shared as a founder or cofounder of vitreoretinal surgical units in several university and private hospitals and ophthalmology centers in Egypt & recently in Saudi Arabia. He is a member in many international ophthalmology journals and Egyptian ophthalmology and vitreoretinal societies, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Saudi Ophthalmology Society and Middle East & Africa Co. He is a referee for the evaluation of retina papers in the Bulletin of Ophthalmology Society of Egypt and the Egyptian retina journal.
J Vernon Odom is Professor of Ophthalmology at West Virginia University where he heads the West Virginia Lions Visual Function Laboratory. His research has centered on assessment of visual function using electrophysiology and psychophysics in normal and abnormal vision and relating visual function to structure. A second interest is in visual impairment and its rehabilitation.
Assessment of visual functions in clinical populations:
Amblyopia, Glaucoma, Retinal Disease, StrabismusLife span development of visual functions:
Parallel streams of human visual information processing
Pediatric Vision Related Quality of Life
Delivery of Ophthalmic Care in Rural Environments
Joseph P Gira graduated with distinction from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He interned at St. Johns Medical Mercy Center in St. Louis where he grew up and completed his residency at the University of Texas-Houston Health Science Center. He is now owner of a private practice in St. Louis, Ophthalmology Consultants Ltd. and owner of St. Louis Eye and Surgery Centers. He is certified by the America Board of Ophthalmology, A member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is a leading LASIK surgeon for the St. Louis region and is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois.
His honors and awards include the following: M.D. Degree received with Distinction, 1995
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
Merck Manual for Outstanding Achievement in Medical Education, 1995
Dean’s List: 1989-1993
University of Missouri Curators Scholar: 1989-1993
Honorarium Recipient – National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine 1997, 1998
He was involved in a publication in 2012: Malhotra R, Gira J, Berdy GJ, Brusatti R: Safety of Besifloxacin Ophthalmic Suspension 0.6% as a Prophylactic Antibiotic Following Routine Cataract Surgery: Results of a Prospective, Parallel-Group, Investigator-Masked Study. National Center Biotechnology Information, National Institutes of Health/Clinical Ophthalmology 2012; 6:855-63 Epub 2012 Jun 5.
Throughout his years of medical school and practicing in Ophthalmology he has been a part of several organizations and participated in different activities as follows: American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Medical Association, Missouri State Medical Association, Thai Physicians Association of America, Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, Children’s Mercy Hospital Health Fair Volunteer 1993, Basic Science Tutoring, UMKC School of Medicine, 1993-1995 and Kansas City Free Health Clinic Volunteer, 1992-1995, Mission Cataract 2011-Current.
His areas of expertise include cataract and refractive surgery. He uses cutting edge technology in performing Toric and Multifocal IOL procedures. He also actively participates in clinical trials and serves as the Principal Investigator. He oversees a dedicated research department that is within his practice.
Tina Guanting Qiu is an accomplished ophthalmology physician, trained retinal surgeon, stem cell biologist, and ocular transplant specialist with over 20 years of international experience. She had led scientific research in drug discovery, sustained drug delivery, cell/gene therapy and artificial retina, established and led scientific and medical advisory boards, and served as a strategic advisor to executives in large and small companies (Inotek, LambdaVision, SucampoPharma, Ocata Therapeutic, GLG Management). She was Chief Medical Officer at BetaStem Inc., Senior Director at Inotekand Program Leader at GlaxoSmithKline. She has a Medical Doctor degree (with honors) from Nanchang University, a PhD in Ophthalmology from National Sun Yat-sen University in collaboration with Sheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania followed by post-doctoral trainings at Boston University and Doheny Eye Institute, USC. She has invented, published and lectured across US, UK, Japan and China, and been featured at Scientific American and National Eye Research Center, UK (152 words).
Current research interest’s focus on clinical & medical development and product strategy” for the treatments of age-related eye problems including retina degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cornea, ocular surface diseases and retina genetic disorders. 2) Corporate executive leadership.
Joseph Dello Russo is one of a handful of doctors who in 1990 pioneered all of the present laser industry. No other laser surgeon in the eastern half of the country has performed as much surgery over the past twenty-two years. He introduced most innovations and protocols which make LASIK even safer and more precise. That is why he has been called the “godfather of laser vision correction” by radio host Howard Stern.
He has personally performed almost 150,000 laser vision correction procedures, making him among the top three surgeons in the country, consistently every year, according to laser manufacturers.
Since 1990, he has shared his experience with future LASIK surgeons by lecturing at national and international meetings, publishing many articles based on his surgical results, and offering free open seminars in his office where hundreds of present-day LASIK surgeons were trained by him and his son.
Prior to his LASIK career, he played a similar pioneering role in major developments in cataract surgery as one of the leading “laser” cataract surgeons in the 1970s and 1980s; he performed early implant surgeries, introduced the third Yag laser in the nation and established the first ambulatory eye surgery center in the Northeast office – now the standard of care not only for eyes but many other types of surgeries.
Osama Elbassiounyis an Egyptian ophthalmologist from Ain Shams University, in Cairo. He took his MBBch certificate December 1977. He began his residency in the ophthalmology department at Mansoura University Hospital 3/1979 and took his Master degree of Ophthalmology on 1982. He was the first member of Ophthalmology Department, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University (SCU), Ismailia, Egypt since 1982. This Institution is the first in Egypt to apply problem based, community oriented medical system in education and got accreditation recognition. He obtained a Governmental mission to obtain his MD degree in Ophthalmology with Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium. In 1985 he took the position of lecturer of ophthalmology & acting head of ophthalmology department SCU. On 1990 he was upgraded to assistant professor and on 1997 to professor of ophthalmology. He was a visiting professor of ophthalmology, Umm Al-Qura University, Mecca (2000 - 2002), Aljouf University (2011 – 2013) and Najran University (2013 – 2014), KSA.
As regards his academic work in the university, he is involved in research work, teaching for undergraduates and postgraduates, clinical training for young staff, supervision for MSc & MD thesis. Internal & External ophthalmology examiner in Egyptian & Saudi Universities was requested from him. He actively involved as a Life time member of Egyptian Ophthalmology Society, SOS & AAO.
Clinically, he shared as a founder of ophthalmology department and glaucoma specialist in several universities and private hospitals both in Egypt & Saudi Arabia. He was an ophthalmic referee for Umm AlQura Medical journal, KSA.
Anterior segment surgery including Glaucoma, Lasers,
Ophthalmic investigations and Ophthalmic E-Learning.
Mohamed Shafik Shaheen is a Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Alexandria Egypt. And he was also working as a Cornea and Refractive Surgery Consultant, Alexandria University Hospitals. He has done his Master degree of Ophthalmology (University of Alex) and Doctorate degree in Ophthalmology (University of Complutense, Madrid, Spain), Fellow of Instituto Ramon Castroviejo, Madrid, he Licensed to practice in Spain, Egypt, Dubai, Sudan and Libya. He was the Founder and director of Horus Vision Correction Center, Alexandria and three other leading refractive centers in Egypt and Middle East, and also he was Consultant Refractive Surgeon for Dubai government health authority (2007-2009) he was the Member of all International Refractive Societies and Founder member of many Refractive Societies in Egypt and Middle East. And he is a Board Member and Steering Committee member of all Egyptian Refractive Surgery Societies and also a Member of Reviewers board of many of the leading Refractive Surgery Peer reviewed journals. He was Winner of many honors and awards from the Egyptian Society of Refractive Surgery, Libyan Ophthalmology Society and Emirates Ophthalmology Society.
Femtosecond laser surgery
Multifocal and presbyopia-correcting IOLs