2019 PROGRAM COMMITTEE
A Big Thank you to our Amazing Program Committee!
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology & Associate Residency Program Director
Cornea, Cataract & Refractive Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology & Associate Residency Program Director
Cornea, Cataract & Refractive Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine
Zaina Al-Mohtaseb, M.D. is an ophthalmologist specializing in cornea, external disease, cataract and refractive surgery. Dr. Al-Mohtaseb earned her medical degree with honors from Baylor College of Medicine. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the Cullen Eye Institute at Baylor College of Medicine and was elected Chief Resident in her final year of training. She finished her training at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (top program in the nation) with a fellowship in cornea/external disease, cataract & refractive surgery. She has excelled in three main aspects during her career—clinical and surgical, research, and education. She has authored more than 40 scientific publications and book chapters and is an active peer-reviewer. She has taken an active leadership role and presents at multiple national and international conferences and has become a key opinion leader in ophthalmology. She truly enjoys education and is currently the associate residency director at BCM and involved heavily with the ASCRS Young Eye Surgeons committee.
Director of Drs. Berrocal & Associates
Past President of the Pan-American Vitreo-Retinal Society
María H. Berrocal, M.D. is Director of Drs. Berrocal & Associates in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her Medical Degree from the University of Illinois. She completed her ophthalmology training at the University of Puerto Rico where she received the best surgeon award. She completed her surgical and medical retina training at the department of Ophthalmology New York Hospital/Cornell University. She then completed a medical retina fellowship with Dr. J Donald Gass at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and received the prestigious Heed Fellow Award. Her research interests include new techniques in vitreo-retinal surgery, with a particular interest in complications of diabetic retinopathy. She has participated in numerous studies of novel treatments for the management of diabetic complications. She is principal investigator in the PACORES international research group and in several clinical trials performed at Berrocal & Associates. She belongs to and has held leadership positions in the Pan-American Vitreo-Retinal Society, Pan-American Ophthalmological Society, Retina Society, American Society of Retinal Specialists (ASRS), American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), and Women in Ophthalmology (WIO). She is past president of the Pan-American Vitreo-Retinal Society. She is on the editorial board of Retina Today. She has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award, and American Society of Retinal Specialists Senior Honor Award. She has received the Doctors Choice Award yearly since 2002. Dr. Berrocal has been an invited speaker and visiting surgeon in over 20 countries. She has authored and co-authored over 50 articles and book chapters. Dr. Berrocal has held numerous positions in philanthropic societies. She has established educational scholarships for cancer survivors, scholarships for the Sacred Heart University, and Our Children’s. She has also helped establish a drug rehabilitation center in San Juan. She is Board Certified in Ophthalmology.
Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Medical Director of the Retinopathy of Prematurity Service at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Audina Berrocal, M.D. is currently Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Medical Director of the Retinopathy of Prematurity Service at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Dr. Berrocal originally earned a degree in political science at Princeton University before deciding to pursue ophthalmology, a field that her father, the first retinal specialist in Puerto Rico, and her elder sister excelled in. She earned her MD at Tufts University, completed an internship at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City, and did her residency in ophthalmology at Tufts University Medical School and a vitreoretinal and uveitis fellowship at Bascom Palmer, where she has remained since.Dr. Berrocal is one of few ophthalmologists in the country who are willing to work on pediatric patients, and many of hers are premature babies born with various retinal conditions whom she sees in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital. She also works with adult patients suffering with vitreoretinal conditions, often performing delicate surgery in order to treat them.
Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Toronto
Director of Cataract Surgery, Kensington Eye Institute, Toronto
Director of Professionalsim and Bio-Medical Ethics, Dept. of Ophthalmology, U of T
Chair, Education Clinical Committee, ASCRS
Rosa Braga-Mele M.D. is a Professor of Ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, Canada. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from University of Ottawa Medical School. She then completed her residency at the University of Toronto. She went on to complete her Masters Degree in Higher Education with areas of specialty in curriculum development and patient-physician communication skills.
Dr. Braga-Mele is a cataract specialist and educator who speaks frequently at both the national and international level on advanced surgical techniques and innovations in the area of phacoemulsification surgery and complicated cataract cases and IOL development. She was voted by her peers as one of the top 50 opinion leaders in cataract and refractive surgery. She has over 150 published abstracts and papers.
Dr. Braga-Mele serves as the Chair of the Education Clinical Committee (2015-present) for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) and is a member of the Governing Board and Program Committee for ASCRS. She was Chair of the Cataract Clinical Committee for ASCRS from 2011-2015. She was an active member of the AAO Special Programs Committee from 2007-2011, and in 2015-2016 was part of the AAO Cataract Preferred Practice Patterns committee. She was also the chairperson for the cataract section of the Canadian Ophthalmology Society (COS) meeting for 2004, 2005 and 2006. She is Cataract Section Editor for EyeWorld (an ASCRS publication) and is on the editorial board of other ophthalmic publications.
She was the inaugural Research Director at the Kensington Eye Institute in Toronto from 2007-2012. She was appointed Cataract Director at the Kensington Eye Institute in May 2013-present.
She is involved in the resident surgical teaching curriculum development and implementation at the University of Toronto. She has won multiple teaching awards both at the undergraduate and resident levels for her teaching and mentorship abilities including the Silver Needle award in 2003, 2007, 2012, 2016 and 2017 for best resident surgical teacher, and the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, Community-Based Teaching Award in 2016. She was given the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Senior Achievement Award in 2013 for distinguished volunteer service and the AAO Secretariat Award in 2012 for special contributions to the Academy and ophthalmology out of proportion to others and making a difference in her efforts.
Director, Division of Ophthalmic and Ear, Nose & Throat Devices
Malvina Eydelman, M.D. joined FDA in 1995 and for the last 17 years, has served as the Director of FDA’s Division of Ophthalmic and Ear, Nose and Throat Devices (DOED), and subsequently Director of the FDA’s Division of Ophthalmic, Neurological and Ear, Nose and Throat Devices (DONED). Dr. Eydelman has been involved in all aspects of assuring the safety and effectiveness of ophthalmic medical devices. She also has been actively involved in standardization of ophthalmic devices as the U.S. Expert Delegate to the International Standards Organization and FDA’s Liaison to the American National Standards Institute‘s Committee for Ophthalmic Devices.
President, Colombian Society of Ophthalmology
Executive Vice President, Latin America Society of Pediatric Ophthalmology
Second Secretary for the Spanish Language, Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology
Ophthalmologist, Rosario University, Bogota, Colombia
Ophthalmologist, Barraquer Institute of America, Colombia
Pediatric Ophthalmologist, New England Eye Center, Tufts University
Oncologic Ophthalmologist, National Cancer Institute, Colombia
Head, Pediatric Ophthalmology, Nueva Granada Military University, Hospital Militar Central, Colombia
Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Fundacion Santa Fe de Bogota University Hospital, Colombia
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Mona Kaleem M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She specializes in glaucoma and anterior segment surgery. In addition to running a busy clinical and surgical service at 4 sites, she is also a dedicated researcher, educator, and volunteer. Dr. Kaleem is best known for her interest in improving quality of life for glaucoma patients. She currently holds research grants from the American Glaucoma Society and the Abell Foundation. She has published numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters. Dr. Kaleem is among the authors of the AAO’s Preferred Practice Patterns on Vision Rehabilitation and recently joined the AAO’s Education Division which is responsible for writing and editing the Basic and Clinical Science Course (BCSC). She is involved in grass roots legislative efforts for ophthalmology as a member of the ASCRS Government Relations Committee and Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.
Tenured Professor of Ophthalmology
Richard K. Forster Chair in Ophthalmology
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
University of Miami School of Medicine
Carol Karp, M.D. is a tenured Professor of Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and holds the Richard K. Forster Chair in Ophthalmology. She is an expert in the management of ocular surface tumors and anterior segment surgery. Dr. Karp joined the faculty of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in 1994, after completing a fellowship in cornea and external diseases at the center. In the late 1990s, Dr. Karp pioneered the use of interferon for the treatment for ocular surface squamous neoplasia. She designed protocols to study the drug in patients with ocular surface tumors, curing them of their cancer without surgery. A leader in the area of ocular surface oncology, her research has produced several landmark articles on the topic. Her current interests are in the management of ocular surface tumors and ocular surface imaging using the ultra-high resolution OCT. She lectures and teaches nationally and internationally on the management of ocular surface tumors. Among the significant recognition, Dr. Karp has received the Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) in 2015 and the Mentorship Award from Women in Ophthalmology and the American Medical Association Women Physicians Sector in 2013. In addition, she was honored with the Senior Achievement Award for her accomplishments and service to the AAO, where she served on numerous task forces, and regularly teaches at the annual meetings. She is currently a co-chair of the Cornea Day. Along with her service to the AAO, Dr. Karp serves on the executive committee of the Pan-American Academy of Ophthalmology as the secretary of English language, and is an associate examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology. She is the co-director of the Inter-American Course in Clinical Ophthalmology (Curso). She has repeated inclusion in “Florida Superdoctors” and “Best Doctors in America”. Outside of Bascom Palmer, Dr. Karp is an avid athlete, exercising daily in the wee hours of the morning.
Medical College of Wisconsin
Professor of Ophthalmology
Judy E. Kim, MD was born in South Korea and immigrated to the United States when she was 11 years old. She is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami and vitreoretinal fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Currently she is a Professor of Ophthalmology with tenure at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is the second Korean-American to become a Professor of Ophthalmology in the United States and the first to do so in Retina. She is also the first Korean-American to become a member of all three US retina societies (ASRS, Retina, and Macula) and the American Ophthalmological Society, one of the oldest and most prestigious medical societies in US. Dr. Kim has received numerous awards and honors, including being named in the “Best Doctors in America” annually since 2003 and is included in the US News & World Report Best Doctors list and Castle Connolly Top Doctors list. She has received Achievement Award and the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), and Honor Award, Senior Honor Award, and Service Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS). She is a Heed Foundation Fellow and was selected to the Leadership Development Program of AAO. She was selected to the Retina Hall of Fame in its inaugural group of 200 inductees. She excels in leadership and has been elected to number of regional and national leadership positions. She is currently Secretary of ASRS and will become only the second woman retina specialist to serve as the President of ASRS in its nearly 40-year history. She was selected to the AAO Retina Subspecialty Day Program Committee, executive committee of Women in Retina, Macula Society Program Committee Chair, and Retina Society Credentialing Committee Chair. She was the president of Milwaukee Ophthalmology Society, Korean-American Ophthalmology Society, served as a Councilor to AAO and was elected as a Deputy Councilor, serving to advise AAO Board of Trustees. She serves on the review boards of number of peer-reviewed journals, including the Editorial Board of JAMA Ophthalmology and OSLI Retina. Dr. Kim has numerous publications, book chapters, and monographs related to diabetic retinopathy (DR), age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other retinal diseases and surgery. She is a sought-after lecturer nationally and internationally. She has given over 150 invited presentations and over 100 national and international presentations. She has been actively involved with over 60 multicenter clinical trials, many as a site principal investigator, including Age-related Eye Disease 2 and Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR.net), SCORE and SCORE2, all sponsored by the National Eye Institute (NEI). She was elected to serve as a DRCR.net Vice-chair and currently serves as a Planning Committee member for National Eye Health Education Program of NEI. In addition to DR and AMD, her research interests include clinical trials, surgical retina, telemedicine and ocular imaging. She has mentored many students and physicians from US and around the world. She hopes to continue to make a positive impact as she serves others in various capacities. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, singing, gardening, and spending time with her husband, John Hur, MD, daughter Elizabeth who is an OB/GYN resident and Michael who is a Second Lieutenant in US Marine Corps.
Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Dermatology
Director, Bascom Palmer Aesthetics Center
Wendy Lee, M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology, specializes in oculoplastic surgery with a special interest in aesthetic surgery. Dr. Lee earned her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a master of science degree in physiology from Georgetown University. She completed both her residency and internship at her medical school alma mater, and a fellowship in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Dr. Lee treats an extraordinarily broad spectrum of oculoplastic disorders, including eyelid cancers, trauma, tearing disorders, eyelid malpositions, orbital tumors, and infection and inflammation of the lids and orbit. In addition, Dr. Lee provides the full range of services offered at the Institute’s Aesthetic Center, including blepharoptosis surgery; blepharoplasty of the upper and lower lids; brow and forehead lifts; and non-surgical cosmetic enhancements including Botox treatments, dermal fillers, and photorejuvenation. She also performs laser skin resurfacing to rejuvenate the face, neck, hands and eyelids. Dr. Lee dedicates time to the teaching of residents and fellows. As well she lectures around the nation on oculoplastic disorders and aesthetic treatments as related to the eye. She has been featured on CNN for her charitable work on patients flown in from other nations and more recently was featured on NBC for a segment on ‘Fraxel of the Eyelids’.
Assistant Dean for Diversity
Global Health Chair for Chicago Medical School
Professor of Ophthalmology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County
Mildred M. G. Olivier, M.D., is Assistant Dean for Diversity, Global Health Chair for Chicago Medical School and Professor of Ophthalmology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Her academic work includes clinical instruction of medical students and residents in glaucoma. She is the founder and CEO of the Midwest Glaucoma Center, P.C. Dr. Olivier is a member-at-large of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Past President of Women in Ophthalmology. She serves on the Diversity Issues Committee at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). She previously served on the Advisory Council of the National Eye Institute, and is an AAO delegate to the American Medical Association. Since 2004, she has been a member of the steering committee for AMA’s Commission to End Health Care Disparities. In addition, she is past president of the Chicago Glaucoma Society and is Treasurer of the American Glaucoma Society Foundation. Dr. Olivier served on the board for Prevent Blindness America. She is also a board member of the DuSable Museum of African American History. Dr. Olivier has published in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored books and book chapters. She served on the AAO’s COMPASS panel for glaucoma. Dr. Olivier has been conducting regular medical missions to Haiti since 1993. She is frequently called upon to speak on glaucoma, health care disparities and global health at national and international medical conferences.
Tenured Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Co-Director of the Intermountain Ocular Research Center at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah
Liliana Werner, MD, PhD, is a Tenured Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Co-Director of the Intermountain Ocular Research Center at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah. She has an MD/Ophthalmology degree from Brazil and a PhD degree (Biomaterials) from France (Université Paris V, René Descartes). She is the 2003 Research to Prevent Blindness Olga Keith Wiess Scholar awardee, member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (JCRS), member of the International Intra-Ocular Implant Club, member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the University of Utah, as well as chair of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). She is also a former Judge and Chief Judge of the ASCRS Film Festival and former member of the Cataract Subcommittee and the Ophthalmic News & Education Network (O.N.E.) of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Dr. Werner’s research is centered on the interaction between ocular tissues and different intraocular lens (IOL) designs, materials, and surface modifications. These include IOLs implanted after cataract surgery, phakic lenses for refractive surgery, and ophthalmic implantable devices in general. She has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on the subject, co-edited three books, and received numerous awards in international meetings for scientific presentations, videos, and posters. She has also been a guest speaker in different international meetings in at least 20 countries. Also, Dr. Werner is a consultant for different companies manufacturing IOLs and other ocular biodevices, as well as a consultant for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Professor of Ophthalmology with a joint appointment in Biomedical Engineering
Associate Medical Director at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Sonia H. Yoo, M.D., is currently professor of ophthalmology with a joint appointment in biomedical engineering and associate medical director at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Dr. Yoo received her BA at Stanford University in California and her MD at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio. She completed residency and fellowship at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary of Harvard Medical School in 1998. Dr. Yoo’s areas of clinical practice are cornea, cataract, and refractive surgery. Her areas of research interest are in laser applications in cornea, cataract and refractive surgery, and restoring accommodation. She holds several patents and has authored more than 150 book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles as well as serving as the principal investigator in numerous drug and device trials. Dr. Yoo has a history of service to her field. Last year, Dr. Yoo has served as the program chair of the Refractive Surgery subspecialty day program of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and received the International Society of Refractive Surgery’s prestigious Founder’s Award for her accomplishments in cataract and refractive surgery. She serves on the AAO’s Practicing Ophthalmologists Curriculum Refractive Management/Intervention Panel for refractive surgery. She has been a board member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and served on the board for the Cornea Society. She is a reviewer for numerous ophthalmology journals and serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Refractive Surgery. Dr. Yoo served as the cornea fellowship director at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute from 2000–2013 and has trained numerous residents, clinical fellows, and international research fellows during her career. Performing eye surgery for the past 20 years, Dr. Yoo continually strives to improve patient outcomes. She is currently working on the use of optical coherence tomography imaging to aid visualization during surgery. She is also using this technology to develop a novel imaging device for the early detection of keratoconus.