You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
— MAHATMA GANDHI

Meet the Founders

 

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BONNIE AN HENDERSON, MD

founder and program director

Past President, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery

Clinical Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine

Bonnie An Henderson M.D. is an internationally-recognized expert in cataract and refractive surgery, specializing in complicated anterior segment surgery. She served as the President of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery from 2017-2018 and is a Clinical Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine.  Dr. Henderson is the Associate Editor for the Journal of Refractive Surgery, has served as the associate editor of Eyeworld of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and on the editorial board of Eyenet Magazine of the American Academy of Ophthalmology

Dr. Henderson has authored over 175 articles, papers, book chapters, and abstracts and has delivered over 300 invited lectures worldwide including 30 invited Visiting Professorships and 15 Named Lectures. She has published 5 textbooks in cataract and refractive surgery. Her textbook, Essentials of Cataract Surgery, is the one of most commonly used textbooks to teach cataract surgery in the United States. Dr. Henderson’s principal research involves cataract surgery outcomes and innovative methods of teaching, including the development of a digital-based method for teaching cataract surgery, supported by a Department of Defense TATRIC grant. She has invented and commercialized a number of medical instruments including the modified capsule tension ring, astigmatism correcting markers, and a capsule polisher. She donates all of her royalties from the textbooks and instruments to charity.

Dr. Henderson has received an Achievement Award, the Secretariat Award, and the Senior Achievement Award by the American Academy of Ophthalmology, “Best of” awards from the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery for her research and films, and the “Teacher of the Year” award from Harvard Medical School. She is featured on the 2019 Power List as one of ten people chosen for the 'Champions for Change' category by the readers of The Ophthalmologist. Dr. Henderson has received the Visionary Award by the American- European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery and received the Suzanne Veronneau-Troutman Award from Women in Ophthalmology.

Dr. Henderson completed her ophthalmology residency at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.  She graduated from Dartmouth College and from Dartmouth Medical School with high honors. She serves on the Board of Overseers at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, the Executive Committee of American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the Executive Board of the Massachusetts Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and has served on the Physician Board of Directors at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.  Married with three children, her interests include culinary arts and competing in triathlons.


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JEANIE AN KARTALIAN, MD

cofounder

Jeanie An Kartalian M.D. is the cofounder of EnVision Summit and a champion of the Take Your Child to Conference concept. After sharing the experience of being the only parent to bring a teen to conference to hear an inspirational speaker, she realized that this was an opportunity for change. She leverages her medical training and entrepreneurial resolve to build partnerships across academia, industry and nonprofit sectors to create programs that help foster holistic growth in youths. Dr. Kartalian has launched a school-wide fitness challenge, after-school CPR training and a healthy cooking class program for the most vulnerable teens—all sponsored by the local business community.

She currently serves on the board of the American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, and participates in the Financial Aid and Scholarship Committee. Previously she served as one of the founding board members of the Children’s Museum of Northern Virginia, now called the Children’s Science Center. She has also helped with the Capital Campaign of the International Museum of McAllen. Her decades of service includes teaching as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal after graduating with a major in mathematics from Carleton College. Her medical and residency training were both at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, followed by the Pediatrics Residency Program. Dr. Kartalian has a Certificate in Marketing from Georgetown University, and has cofounded a medical device startup. She considers her most important role as a cofounder to be launching her three children, from whom she derives tremendous joy, inspiration, and optimism.