VIT-Buckle Society

The Vit-Buckle Society provides an open forum that mentors developing vitreoretinal surgeons, nurtures innovative surgical technologies and therapeutic approaches for retinal diseases, and fosters best practices.

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VBS Executive Board Members

Thomas Albini, M.D.


Dr. Albini received a Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Princeton University and a Doctor of Medicine degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.


Audina “Nina” Berrocal, M.D.

Chair, Annual Meeting

Audina “Nina” Berrocal, MD received her undergraduate education at Princeton University followed by medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine.


R.V. Paul Chan, M.D.

Vice President, Education

R.V. Paul Chan, MD is a Vitreoretinal specialist, with an expertise in pediatric retinal disease, at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).


Jorge Fortun, M.D.

Chair, Communications

Dr. Fortun is an assistant professor of Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, where he serves as director of the vitreo-retinal service, ambulatory surgery center and medical retina fellowship at BPEI of Palm Beach.


John W. Kitchens, MD

Derek Kunimoto, M.D., J.D.

Vice President, Governance

Derek Y. Kunimoto, M.D., J. D. graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude, and Harvard Medical School with honors.


Rohit “Ross” Lakhanpal, M.D.

President Elect
Vice President, Membership

Dr. Lakhanpal is one of the founding members of VBS. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Franklin & Marshall College...


Geeta Lalwani, M.D.

Vice President, Corporate Relations

After receiving her dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and Japanese from Smith College, Dr. Geeta Lalwani attended...


Charles Mango, M.D.


Dr. Charles W. Mango is a Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.


Andrew A. Moshfeghi, MD

Charles Wykoff, M.D., Ph.D.

Chair, Annual Meeting Scientific Program

Dr. Wykoff is Director of the Greater Houston Retina Research Foundation associated with Retina Consultants of Houston and has extensive...


VBS Committees

  • VBS Executive Committee

    • R.Ross Lakhanpal MD, FACS: President
    • Thomas Albini, MD: Immediate Past President
    • Nina M. Berrocal, MD: VP, Social Events
    • Royce W.S. Chen, MD: VP, Site Planning
    • Jorge Fortun, MD: VP, Social Media 
    • Mrinali Gupta, MD: VP, Education
    • Derek Kunimoto, MD, JD: VP, Governance/Compliance
    • Geeta A. Lalwani, MD: VP, Corporate Relations
    • Charles W. Mango: Secretary and Treasurer
    • Anton Orlin, MD: Assistant Treasurer
    • Aleksandra Rachitskaya, MD: VP, Membership
    • Andrew Schimel, MD: VP, Diversity & Wellness
    • Jay Sridhar MD: VP, Website 
    • Charles C. Wykoff, MD: VP, Annual Meeting Scientific Program
    • Yoshi Yonekawa, MD: VP, Annual Meeting Academic Planning 
  • VBS Finance Committee

    • Charles W. Mango, MD (Chair)
    • Geeta A. Lalwani, MD
    • Derek Kunimoto, MD, JD
    • Andrew Schimel, MD
    • Anton Orlin, MD
    • R.V. Paul Chan, MD, MSc, FACS
  • VBS Bylaws Committee

    • Thomas Albini, MD (Chair)
    • Ajay Kurijan, MD, MS
    • Charles C. Wykoff, MD
    • Derek Kunimoto, MD, JD