Retina Faculty

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Ronald E. Frenkel, MD
Former, Voluntary Professor of Ophthalmology,
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Dr. Frenkel is a Former Professor of Ophthalmology on the Voluntary Faculty at the US News #1 Ranked Eye Hospital Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.  He is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of the Kresge Eye Institute and has been annually rated a Top Doctor by Castle Connolly, And has also been rated a Top Doctor by US News and World Report. Dr. Frenkel a recipient of the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Frenkel was honored with an Ophthalmology Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, did his residency at the Kresge Eye Institute and his internship at Harvard Medical School. His multi-field expertise is evidenced by him being one of the very few Elected Members of both the American Society of Retina Specialists and the American Glaucoma Society.

He has spoken at over 100+ Medical meetings, published over 80+ Peer Reviewed Manuscripts & Abstracts, and has been a Principal Investigator in 90+ Clinical Trials that have brought revolutionary new treatments to patients in his field of studies.

Michael S. Ip, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology at David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

Dr. Ip is a graduate of New York University School of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Pittsburgh and his vitreoretinal fellowship at New England Center, Tufts University.

Dr. Ip is the author of hundreds of articles in leading professional journals and books. He is also known for his finely honed talks to national and international audiences of his peers. He is a principal investigator or co-principal investigator on several multi-million dollar national research enterprises where he and his colleagues work to better define therapies that will improve vision in patients with diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration, retinal vein occlusion, and other diseases.

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Lee M. Jampol, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology
Northwestern University

Dr. Jampol is a full-time faculty member at Northwestern University. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine. His career has focused on clinical trials, inflammatory diseases of the retina, cystoid macular edema, pharmacology of the retina and central serous chorioretinopathy.

 

He has also been extensively involved in clinical and research work on diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Since 1985, when he became a member of the Data Monitoring Committee of the Macular Photocoagulation Study, he has been extensively involved in data monitoring and planning of clinical trials. 

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Theodore Leng, MD, FACS
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and, by courtesy, of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at the Stanford University Medical Center 

Theodore Leng, MD, MS, FACS received his AB in Philosophy and BS in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, graduating with Departmental Honors. He received his Masters of Science in Biological Sciences from Stanford University while conducting research at the Hopkins Marine Station in Pacific Grove, CA on cellular ion membrane channels. Dr. Leng received his medical degree from the Stanford University School of Medicine, during which he completed a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowship.

Dr. Leng completed his ophthalmology residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, the highest ranked eye hospital and residency training program in the country. He was awarded the Heed Fellowship, the most prestigious national award for ophthalmologists entering a career in academic medicine. Dr. Leng returned to Stanford University to complete a fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery and was awarded the Paul Kayser International Travel Scholarship to work in Santiago, Chile. He has been a full-time faculty member of the Stanford University Department of Ophthalmology since 2010 and has been named one of “America’s Top Ophthalmologists” by the Consumers’ Research Council of America and is a Castle Connoly "Top Doctor."

In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Leng has a vibrant clinical and basic science research program and has published over 200 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, book chapters and abstracts. He is frequently invited to speak at national and international meetings. Dr. Leng serves as the Associate Editor of the peer-reviewed journal, Ophthalmic Surgery Lasers & Imaging Retina.

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Edwin H. Ryan, MD
Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology
University of Minnesota

Dr. Ryan was awarded his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota. He completed a residency in Ophthalmology at Northwestern University and a fellowship in Diseases and Surgery of the Retina and Vitreous at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Ryan directed the Retina Service at the University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology from 1989 to 1992, and is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Ryan joined VitreoRetinal Surgery in 1996.

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David Sarraf, MD
Clinical Professor, Ophthalmology, Stein Eye Institute, UCLA

Dr. David Sarraf is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Stein Eye Institute at UCLA and member of the Retinal Disorders and Ophthalmic Genetics Division. He has published close to 250 research papers, case reports and reviews and has authored 16 book chapters and is co-author for the second edition of the Retina Atlas and will be Section Editor for the 7th edition of Ryan Retina.  Dr. Sarraf is a world leader in the field of advanced retinal imaging and has delivered approximately 300 invited lectures at various meetings worldwide including several endowed and keynote lectures.

 

Dr. Sarraf is Associate Editor for the journal Retinal Cases and Brief Reports and is an Editorial Board Member of the journals Retina and OSLI Retina and is Section Editor of (Ocular Imaging Section) for the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology. He is also Section Editor for the Retina Times (X-Files) of the ASRS and has served on the BCSC section of the AAO and has been awarded Achievement and Secretariat and Senior Achievement awards by the AAO.

 

Dr. Sarraf is also Co-Director of the Pacific Retina Club and the International Retinal Imaging Symposium and is co-founder of the International Retinal Imaging Society. He is a member of the ASRS, AOS (American Ophthalmological Society), Retina Society and Gass Club and has served as an Executive Board Member and Program Committee Member in the Macula Society. He has also served as an Advisory Consultant of the DRCR Network and is a Scientific Board Member of the Macula Foundation Inc and Optovue Inc.

 

Dr. Sarraf’s focus of research interest is in the field of advanced retinal imaging. He has been a pioneer in the clinical application of OCT angiography and is a world expert on OCTA and OCT imaging of the macula and has applied these technologies to better understand the structure and arrangement of the retinal capillary plexus and the ischemic cascade.

 

Dr. Sarraf’s research has also focused on the dry and wet forms of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and specifically the evaluation of pigment epithelial detachment and retinal pigment epithelial tears. He was nominated to the American Ophthalmological Society because of his research work on the subject of PED and AMD.

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Richard F. Spaide, MD
Clinical Associate Professor, Ophthalmology
Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York

​Dr. Spaide specializes in diseases of the retina and vitreous. His particular interests include retinal surgery, macular degeneration, macular holes, macular pucker, diabetic retinopathy, and intraocular inflammation. He has published more than 300 articles and 50 book chapters and 9 books about the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases. He has given lectures around the world.

Dr. Spaide was chosen as the 2016 recipient of the Roger H. Johnson Macular Degeneration Award. This is given every 2 years to an individual making a substantial contribution to the understanding, diagnosis, or treatment of macular degeneration, and is one of the most prestigious awards in macular degeneration research.

Dr. Spaide is on medical boards of a number of institutions and has been mentioned in multiple Who's Who and Best Doctors lists. He is a past executive editor of the American Journal of Ophthalmology and is currently associate editor of the journal Retina. He is on the editorial board of numerous journals.

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Michael W. Stewart, MD
Professor and Ophthalmology Chair
Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida

Michael W. Stewart, MD is a Professor in the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. For the past 7 years, Dr. Stewart has also served as Chairman of the Mayo Clinic Facilities Planning Committee where he heads the institution's construction projects and maintenance services.

Dr. Stewart received his undergraduate degree in chemistry from Harvard College and graduated from the McGill University School of Medicine. He served as an Internal Medicine resident at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami and completed a residency of Ophthalmology at Emory University. This was followed by vitreoretinal fellowships at the Retina Research Foundation at Touro Infirmary in New Orleans and the University of California, Davis.  Dr. Stewart is past president of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology and current councilor of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists and Macula Society and received an Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Glaucoma Faculty

Louis B. Cantor, MD
Professor and Jay C and Lucile L Kahn Chair of Glaucoma Ressearch and Education

Louis B. Cantor, MD completed his undergraduate and graduate medical education at Indiana University and was an ophthalmology resident at Indiana University, graduating in 1984. In 1985, he completed his glaucoma fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia under the direction of George L. Spaeth, MD.

 

Dr. Cantor joined the IU School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology as director of the Glaucoma Service in 1985. From 1986 through 1989, Dr. Cantor also served as chief of Ophthalmology at Wishard Memorial Hospital, now Eskenazi Health (Indianapolis). From 1996 until 2006, he served as director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program for the department. In 1999, he attained the rank of Professor of Ophthalmology. Dr. Cantor also served as chair for the department from 2009 - 2017.

Dr. Cantor is a frequent invited lecturer and has presented several named lectureships. He is the recipient of multiple grants and has published more than 100 abstracts and 80 peer reviewed publications.

 

Dr. Cantor was appointed Senior Secretary for Education for the American Academy of Ophthalmology in January 2013. He is a member of the American Medical Association, the Indiana State Medical Association, the Association for Research and Vision in Ophthalmology, the American Glaucoma Society, and other professional organizations. In addition, Dr. Cantor serves as an associate examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology and has served as a scientific advisor and reviewer for many ophthalmology publications, including Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, Journal of Glaucoma and others.

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Ronald E. Frenkel, MD
Former, Voluntary Professor of Ophthalmology,
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Dr. Frenkel is a Former Professor of Ophthalmology on the Voluntary Faculty at the US News #1 Ranked Eye Hospital Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He is a recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award of the Kresge Eye Institute and has been annually rated a Top Doctor by U.S. News and World Report and Castle Connolly. Dr. Frenkel a recipient of the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Frenkel was honored with an Ophthalmology Fellowship at Harvard Medical School, did his residency at the Kresge Eye Institute and his internship at Harvard Medical School. His multi-field expertise is evidenced by him being one of the very few Elected Members of both the American Society of Retina Specialists and the American Glaucoma Society.

He has spoken at over 100+ Medical meetings, published over 80+ Peer Reviewed Manuscripts & Abstracts, and has been a Principal Investigator in 90+ Clinical Trials that have brought revolutionary new treatments to patients in his field of studies.

Robert D. Stamper, MD
Professor & Director of Glaucoma Clinic, UCSF

Dr. Robert Stamper, director of the Glaucoma Clinic, is an ophthalmologist who specializes in glaucoma and cataract surgery. His research interests include early methods in diagnosing glaucoma to prevent vision loss. Stamper's research efforts have involved evaluating new surgical procedures for glaucoma.

Stamper earned his medical degree at State University of NY, Downstate Medical Center. He spent two years as a Peace Corps Physician. Later he completed his residency in ophthalmology and fellowship in glaucoma at Washington University in St. Louis.

Dr. Stamper belongs to the American Academy of Ophthalmology and received its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2008. He also is a member of the American Ophthalmological Society, the American Glaucoma Society and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Currently, he is the immediate past chairman of the Prevent Blindness Northern California.

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Steven D. Vold, MD
Chief Medical Editor of Glaucoma Today, 
Ophthalmologist at Vold Vision

Dr. Steven Vold is an award-winning, board-certified ophthalmologist based in Northwest Arkansas with over 24 years of experience. As an innovative vision professional in the industry, he specializes in complex glaucoma and cataract diagnosis and treatment, as well as groundbreaking laser vision correction treatments. Dr. Vold is known for his passion and dedication to his patients, and strives to make every patient comfortable and happy with their results.

 

Graduating from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota with a major in Biology, Dr. Vold went on to the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis. Here, he graduated as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, a group that recognizes the top ten percent of medical students in the nation. Afterwards, he completed an ophthalmology residency and a glaucoma fellowship at the Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. With numerous scholarships and academic awards, Dr. Vold has held himself to the highest of standards throughout his education and beyond.

Cataract Faculty

Fasika A. Woreta, MD

Director of the Eye Trauma Center
Director of the Ophthalmology Residency Program at the Wilmer Eye Institute

Dr. Woreta is a cornea and cataract specialist and the Eugene de Juan, M.D. Professor of Ophthalmic Education at Wilmer Eye Institute’s Baltimore and Columbia locations. Her expertise is in in corneal and external eye diseases, including complex cataracts and anterior segment reconstruction following trauma.

An associate professor of ophthalmology, Dr. Woreta received her M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and her M.P.H. degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She completed her residency in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute, then completed a fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at the Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami, as well as an accident and emergency and cataract fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital.

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Christina R. Prescott, MD, PhD

Member of the Faculty, Department of Ophthalmology at NYU Grossman School of Medicine 
Vice Chair for Education, Department of Ophthalmology
Director, Division of Cornea Services, Department of Ophthalmology

Christina Rapp Prescott, MD, PhD is a corneal specialist with specific interests in pediatric corneal pathology and surgical education. Her clinical research is focused on improving outcomes of corneal disease in children, who currently have significantly worse outcomes than adults for most corneal diseases.  Dr. Prescott has published and presented both nationally and internationally on pediatric corneal surgery. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Prescott is a surgical educator who is involved with surgical education at the national and international level.  She also organizes and teaches cataract and corneal surgery courses for residents, fellows, and practicing ophthalmologists both in the United States and in India.   

 

After graduating from Columbia University with a degree in biophysics, she enrolled in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) program at the University of Colorado, where she completed a PhD in neuroscience, as well as an MD.  She then completed her ophthalmology residency at Yale, followed by a fellowship in cornea, with a focus on pediatric corneal pathology, at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard University. Upon completion of fellowship, Dr. Prescott joined the faculty at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins University. While at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Prescott mentored thirty-five corneal fellows, and received the highest evaluations for both mentorship and surgical teaching.  At Johns Hopkins, she built a busy cornea practice, becoming the highest volume surgeon at Wilmer within 5 years of joining the department. In 2021, she was recruited to NYU as the vice chair for education and the director of the cornea service.   

 

Dr Prescott is actively involved in numerous organizations to promote ophthalmology education, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Cornea Society, the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Eye and Contact Lens Association, Women in Ophthalmology, and the American Board of Ophthalmology. Dr. Prescott is the web editor for the Eye and Contact Lens Journal, and the Director of Scientific Programming for the Eye and Contact Lens Association. Dr Prescott has served on the cornea committee for the American Board of Ophthalmology for the past 8 years, responsible for developing the cornea content for ophthalmology certification examinations for both residents and practicing ophthalmologists. She has received both the Secretariat Award and the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.   

Neuro/Plastics Faculty

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William Katowitz, MD
Attending Surgeon, Fellowship Director & Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Perelman School of Medicine at University off Pennsylvania

Dr, William Katowitz is an Attending Surgeon in the Division of Ophthalmology. He works with children with thyroid conditions, hemangiomas and vascular malformations. Dr. Katowitz graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and did his internship at Pennsylvania Presbyterian Medical Center. He is known for his expertise in Oculoplastic and orbital surgery. 

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Matthew Kay, MD     

Chairman and Program Director                 

Larkin Hospital Ophthalmology Residency 

Dr. Kay is Chairman and Program Director of the Larkin Hospital Ophthalmology Residency program and a practicing neuro-ophthalmologist in South Florida. He completed his undergraduate education at Northwestern University and attended Temple University for medical school, Rush University for his residency training, and completed a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital. Dr. Kay has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and frequently presents at local and national ophthalmology meetings. When not practicing medicine, Dr. Kay enjoys travelling, hiking, fine dining, and spending time with his family.