Ophthalmic Advisory Board

James Branch, M.D.

(member since 2013)

Dr. Branch is in private practice in Winston Salem, N.C. He received his M.D. degree from Howard University College of Medicine and ophthalmology residency at the VA Hospital in Tuskegee, AL. Dr. Branch is a very active member of his community of Winston Salem, NC. These activities are, in part, responsible for his ability to be top-enroller in clinical trials, such as bacterial and adenoviral conjunctivitis.

Deepinder Dhaliwal, M.D.

(member since 2015)

Dr. Dhaliwal is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Director of Cornea, Cataract and External Disease Service, Director of the Refractive and Laser Surgery Center, and Director and Founder of the Center of Integrative Eye Care. After receiving both her undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University, Dr. Dhaliwal completed her residency training in ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh where she was selected to be chief resident in her final year. Following her residency at Pitt, Dr. Dhaliwal received subspecialty training in cornea, external disease, and anterior segment surgery at the University of Utah and in refractive surgery under Dr. J. Charles Casebeer. Her special interests are in vision correction surgery, corneal transplantation and cataract surgery.

Eric Donnenfeld, M.D.

(member since 2011)

Dr. Donnenfeld is in private practice in Rockville Center, NY as well as a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at NYU. Dr. Donnenfeld received his M.D. degree from Dartmouth Medical School and his ophthalmology residency at Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital, NYC and corneal fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia. PA. He is past president of Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group and serves on the Board of Directors of American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. Dr. Donnenfeld has published over 175 journal articles, and over 20 book chapters and books.

Alice Epitropoulos, M.D.

(member since 2015)

Dr. Epitropoulos serves as a clinical assistant professor at the Ohio State University, in addition to operating a private practice. Dr. Epitropoulos received her bachelor and medical degrees from Ohio State University. She completed her internship at Riverside Methodist Hospital and returned to Ohio State University for her residency in ophthalmology where she served as Chief Resident. She maintains memberships, fellowships, and/or diplomatic status with the following groups and associations: National Board of Medical Examiners, American Board of Ophthalmology, Fellow American College of Surgeons (FACS), International Society of Refractive Surgeons, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, American Academy of Ophthalmology, Ohio Ophthalmological Society. Dr. Epitropoulos has always been actively involved in organized medicine; she has served on the legislative task force committee to the Ohio State Medical Association and was also secretary treasurer of the Columbus Medical Association. She participates in Access Health Columbus for the uninsured and serves as a medical reviewer for a national ombudsman program. Dr. Epitropoulos currently serves as a medical correspondent on the NBC Channel 4 Health Team and is one of the team ophthalmologists for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Preeya Gupta, M.D.

(member since 2015)

Dr. Gupta is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Duke University Eye Center as well as the Clinical Director at Duke Eye Center in Durham, NC. She attended medical school at Northwestern University Medical School, completed her residency in Ophthalmology at Duke Eye Center, and completed a fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at the Minnesota Eye Consultants, Phillips Eye Institute. Her research interests include dry eyes, keratoconus, and cataract surgery.

Pedram Hamrah, M.D.

(member since 2015)

Dr. Pedram Hamrah is a clinician/scientist who has focused his research activities on antigen presenting cells. Dr. Hamrah trained in Ocular and Transplantation Immunology at Schepens Eye Research Institute at Mass. Eye and Ear Infirmary. There, he participated in research studies that resulted in findings that refuted a previous long-standing belief that the cornea is immune privileged due to the absence of bone marrow-derived cells and due to antigenic sequestration, and subsequently resulted in a paradigm shift in corneal immunology.

Dr. Hamrah’s research has been supported by the NIH K12 Harvard-Vision Clinical Scientist Development Program, a K08 individual award, an individual R01 from the National Eye Institute, a Career Development grant from Research to Prevent Blindness, and his appointment as the inaugural Henry Allen Cornea Scholar at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles, over 30 reviews and book chapters, and has given more than 60 lectures and presentations worldwide. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Claes Dohlman Society Award, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Excellence in Research Scholarship Award, the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology/Research to Prevent Blindness Resident and Fellow Research Award, the Research to Prevent Blindness Career Development Award, the Clinical Research Award in Cornea and Ocular Surface Science from the European Association in Vision and Eye Research, the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and was most recently awarded Silver Fellow at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Dr. Hamrah currently serves as the Section Editor for Clinical Science and Clinical Practice of the journal The Ocular Surface, Cornea Section Editor of the journal Eye, Assistant Editor of the journal Ocular Immunology and Inflammation, and Ophthalmology Associate Editor for BMC Ophthalmology. He serves on numerous additional editorial boards and is a peer reviewer for over 50 ophthalmology, immunology and transplantation journals. He is an Instructor at the American Academy of Ophthalmology and recently served as Chair of the ARVO Members-in-Training Committee.

Terry Kim, M.D.

(member since 2014)

Dr. Kim is Professor of Ophthalmology at Duke University School of Medicine as well as Associate Director of the Corneal and External Disease Service and Refractive Surgery Service at the Duke University Eye Center, Durham, NC. Dr. Kim received his M.D. degree from Duke University School of Medicine and his residency in Ophthalmology at Emory Eye Center, Atlanta, GA. His fellowship training was in Cornea and External Disease at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Kim has published over 75 articles in peer-reviewed journals and over 30 book chapters and books.

Steven Lichtenstein, M.D.

(member since 2012)

Dr. Lichtenstein is Medical Director of Pediatric Ophthalmology Children’s Hospital of Illinois, Peoria as well as Associate Clinical Professor in the Division of Ophthalmology, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and Chicago. Dr. Lichtenstein received his M.D. degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and his residency in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Yale University and his fellowship training in the Department of Ophthalmology, Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School. He has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles mostly on various aspects of pediatric ocular infections.

Richard Lindstrom, M.D.

(member since 2014)

Dr. Lindstrom is founder and attending surgeon of Minnesota Eye Consultants as well as Adjunct Clinical Professor Emeritus at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. Dr. Lindstrom received his M.D. degree from the University of Minnesota as well as his residency and fellowship training. He did further fellowship training in anterior segment surgery at Mary Shields Hospital in Dallas, TX and glaucoma at University Hospital in Salt Lake City, UT. Dr. Lindstrom is past president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He is an inventor on over 35 patents in ophthalmology and has published over 350 peer-reviewed articles and over 60 book chapters and books.

Ivan Mac, MD/MBA

(member since 2015)

Dr. Mac completed his medical training at Wake Forest University where he earned a dual MD/MBA degree. He went on to complete an ophthalmology residency at the University of Louisville and upon completing the residency, founded Metrolina Eye Associates.  He serves as CEO of MEA and is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He has been named one of the nation’s top cataract and refractive surgeons by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. Dr. Mac is a recognized leader in the management of dry eye disease and blepharitis and lectures at the local and national level. He is a consultant to Alcon Laboratories and i-Optics Corporation. Dr. Mac is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.  A native of Southern California, Dr. Mac currently resides in the Charlotte, NC area and is married with three children.

Francis Mah, M.D.

(member since 2014)

Dr. Mah is the Director of Cornea and External Disease and Co-Director of Refractive Surgery, Scripps Clinic Medical Group, La Jolla, CA. Dr. Mah received his M.D. degree from the Medical College of Ohio, received his residency training in Ophthalmology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and fellowship training in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery from the Ophthalmology Department, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA. Dr. Mah is serving as Executive Vice President of the Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group. He has published over 25 peer-reviewed articles many of which focused on various aspects of ocular infections of the cornea and conjunctiva.

Katy Najafi-Tagol, M.D.

(member since 2011)

Dr. Najafi-Tagol is the developer of Avenova and founder and medical director at Eye Institute of Marin, San Rafael, CA. Dr. Najafi-Tagol received her M.D. degree from UCLA School of Medicine. She did her residency training in Ophthalmology at Brookdale University Hospital, Brooklyn, NY and fellowship training in Glaucoma at the prestigious Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles, CA. She has served as Vice President of Medical Affairs and medical monitor on NovaBay’s ophthalmic and urologic clinical studies.

Terry O’Brien, M.D.

(member since 2015)

Before joining the team at the acclaimed Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Dr. O’Brien served as Director of Ocular Infectious Diseases at The Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He was also the founder of the Eye Microbiology Lab at Wilmer Eye Institute. Dr. O’Brien has written many publications, including articles in the Journal of Cataract Refraction Surgery, Ophthalmology, Cornea, and the International Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology. He was the Past President of the Ocular Microbiology & Immunology Group, on the Executive Boards of the International Conference of Eye Infections, and an active member of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. Additionally, Dr. O’Brien is senior assistant editor of the esteemed Journal of Refractive Surgery and past Editor-In-Chief of Contemporary Ophthalmology.

Henry Perry, M.D.

(member since 2015)

Dr. Perry is a board certified ophthalmologist specializing in corneal, cataract and refractive surgery. He is a partner at Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, as well as the Chief of Cornea Service at Nassau Medical Center. He has also written over 190 peer-reviewed papers and numerous chapters on corneal and refractive surgery. Dr. Perry received his medical degree with honors from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. After completing his residency at the Nassau County Medical Center and the University of Pennsylvania Scheie Eye Institute, Dr. Perry completed fellowships in ophthalmic pathology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, in cornea and external disease at the cornea service of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard University, and cornea research at Eye Research Institute of Retina Foundation. In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Association of Ophthalmic Pathologists, Dr. Perry is affiliated with the American Medical Association, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Nassau County Medical Society, the New York State Medical Society, the International Society of Refractive Keratoplasty and the Eastern Ophthalmic Pathology Society.

Steven Rosenfeld, M.D., Ph.D.

(member since 2015)

Dr. Steven Rosenfeld is a board-certified, fellowship-trained ophthalmologist who specializes in medical and surgical treatments of corneal conditions, infectious and inflammatory eye diseases, and all forms of laser vision correction. Dr. Rosenfeld has been in private practice with Delray Eye Associates, PA since 1985. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Rosenfeld currently serves as a Voluntary Professor on the clinical faculty at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine, where he previously held a full time faculty position. Dr. Rosenfeld has authored dozens of textbook chapters and scientific articles on the topics of cataract surgery, PRK and LASIK surgery, corneal transplant surgery, and ocular infections. He has co-authored two recent textbooks — one on lens and cataract surgery and one on refractive surgery — under the auspices of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is on the editorial review boards of EyeNet magazine and Focal Points Clinical Modules and is a reviewer for Ophthalmology and the American Journal of Ophthalmology. Dr. Rosenfeld obtained his medical degree at the Yale University School of Medicine, where he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He completed his medical internship at Yale/New Haven Hospital and his ophthalmology residency at Barnes Jewish Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Dr. Rosenfeld continued his extensive training with a fellowship in cornea and external diseases at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, where he studied under the guidance of Dr. Richard Forster.

Sheri Rowen, M.D.

(member since 2015)

Dr. Rowen is in private practice at NVISION Eye Center in Newport Beach, CA. She gained a worldwide reputation in her field after being one of the first ophthalmologists in the nation to offer “instant vision” surgery. She earned her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine and completed her surgical internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital, along with a two-year research fellowship at the Hospital’s prestigious Wilmer Eye Institute. Dr. Rowen served as a Research Assistant for the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute. She later completed a three-year residency in Ophthalmology with the University of Maryland. Dr. Rowen has served as a Clinical Instructor at Johns Hopkins Hospital as well as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery; she also served on the Board of Trustees for the ISCLS (International Society of Cosmetic Laser Systems). She lectures both nationally and internationally.

John Sheppard, M.D., MMSc

(member since 2015)

Dr. Sheppard is the President and Senior Managing Partner of Virginia Eye Consultants; COO of EyeRx Research, Inc., and founder of ProVision-Network.com. Dr. Sheppard joined the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) faculty in 1989 and is now Professor of Ophthalmology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology. He also serves as Research Director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program at EVMS, Clinical Director of the Thomas R. Lee Center for Ocular Pharmacology, and Medical Director at the Lions Eye Bank of Eastern Virginia. Dr. Sheppard received a Masters degree in Medical Science and an MD from Brown University on a full Armed Forces Health Professions Scholarship. After an internship in pediatrics at the University of Virginia, he spent four years with the U.S. Navy as 6th Fleet Medical Officer and Chief of Family Practice. He completed Ophthalmology residency at the University of Pittsburgh Eye and Ear Institute and a 30 month fellowship in corneal diseases, uveitis, third world blindness, and ocular immunology at the Proctor Research Foundation at the University of California, San Francisco. He has participated as principal investigator in over 110 clinical research trials and served on the medical advisory board for 41 pharmaceutical and medical device companies. He has authored over 110 peer review abstracts, journal articles, and chapters. An acclaimed speaker, he has presented over 700 invited lectures and visiting professorships worldwide. As uveitis section editor for eMedicine.com, the AAO online uveitis committee, editorial board member of Clinical Ophthalmology and Eye & Contact Lens, and a reviewer for dozens of peer review journals, he works at the forefront of the electronic publishing age. Dr. Sheppard has enjoyed serving on the EVMS Development Committee, the College of William & Mary Steering Committee, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and as Founder of the Virginia Eye Foundation.

Shachar Tauber, M.D.

(member since 2015)

Dr. Tauber is a corneal and refractive surgeon and director of ophthalmic research. He received his undergraduate degree from Washington University, St. Louis in 1983 and his medical degree from Tulane School of Medicine, New Orleans in 1992. He went on to complete his residency in the Department of Ophthalmology there. With Mercy Clinic Eye Specialists, Dr. Tauber has helped more than 10,000 people obtain better vision through all laser “blade-free” LASIK vision correction eye surgery and other laser vision correction procedures. He has treated thousands more for cataract and corneal disease using non-laser refractive surgery. Dr. Tauber is board certified in Ophthalmology, Cornea Surgery, Refractive Surgery and Ophthalmic Research. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the International Ocular Surface Society, the Unite for Sight Board of Directors, and the AAO Self-Assessment Committee. Dr. Tauber has been a principal investigator for numerous FDA investigative studies and serves on the Adjunct Faculty at the Center for Applied Science Engineering at Missouri State University. Previously, he served as an Assistant Professor at Yale University’s Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. Dr. Tauber has received several LASIK awards from laser instrument manufacturers and has been named to “Best Doctor” lists on the national, regional and local level by his peers, including being named “Top Doc” for ophthalmology by 417 Magazine consistently since 2006.

Russell Van Gelder, M.D., Ph.D.

(member since 2014)

Dr. Van Gelder is Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA. Dr. Van Gelder received his M.D. and Ph.D. Neurosciences degrees from Stanford University School of Medicine. He received his residency training in Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and fellowship in Uveitis and Retina at Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University Medical School St. Louis, MO. Dr. Van Gelder is President of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) as well as serving on its Board of Directors. He has served as President of the American Uveitis Society. Dr. Van Gelder is an inventor on 5 patents and has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles.

Steve Wilmarth, M.D.

(member since 2011)

Dr. Wilmarth has served in a variety of roles with NovaBay Pharmaceutical since 2002 including Chairman, Ophthalmic Advisory Committee. He was responsible for establishing the relationship with Alcon and David Stroman, Ph.D. which rapidly grew the company, taking NovaBay public in 2007.

Dr. Wilmarth attended University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University School of Medicine.  He is Board Certified, specializing in cataract surgery and laser vision correction.

Dr. Wilmarth is a Founding Member and Chairman of the Board of Medical Vision Technology, the largest private ophthalmic group practice in Northern California. He is a Founding Member of Sutter Sierra Surgery Center in Roseville, CA and serves on the Medical Executive Committee. Dr. Wilmarth is a Founding Member of Horizon Vision Centers, the largest provider of laser vision services in Northern California with six centers in the San Francisco Bay area and the Greater Sacrament area. He is the Medical Director of the Horizon Vision Center in Roseville, CA.