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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.
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. He completed an ophthalmology residency at Doheny Eye Institute of the University of Southern California. He then completed a uveitis clinical and research fellowship with Narsing Rao, MD at the Doheny Eye Institute and a vitreoretinal fellowship at Cullen Eye Institute of the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Albini currently is an Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL. He is a member of numerous professional and honorary societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), The Retina Society, the Macula Society, the American Uveitis Society and the International Uveitis Study Group. He currently serves on the writing committee for the Basic and Clinical Science Course Uveitis section for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the ASRS website for 4 years, and now sits on the ASRS Research & Therapeutics Committee. Dr. Albini has received numerous awards including an Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Senior Achievement Award from the ASRS. He has authored over 110 peer-reviewed articles on clinical and experimental topics in vitreoretinal disease and uveitis. On good days he plays with his three children, jogs with his wife, Frances, and watches historical documentaries. On good nights he can be found enjoying the camaraderie of fellow ophthalmologists and maybe even sitting in on the drums.
Chair, Annual Meeting
Audina “Nina” Berrocal, MD received her undergraduate education at Princeton University followed by medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine. She stayed at Tufts/New England Eye Center, where she completed her ophthalmology residency. Dr. Berrocal subsequently received vitreoretinal surgery and uveitis training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She has since remained on the faculty at Bascom Palmer, where she holds currently the rank of Professor. She also serves as Director of the Pediatric Retina service at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Jackson Memorial Hospital. Dr. Berrocal hails from Puerto Rico and comes from a family of retina specialists. Her sister, Maria Berrocal, practices in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Their late father, Jose Berrocal, was the first vitreoretinal fellow at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute--under the direction of Ed Norton. Dr. Berrocal is internationally recognized for her approach to pediatric retinal diseases with a special emphasis on retinopathy of prematurity. Additionally, she maintains a robust adult vitreoretinal surgical practice. Dr. Berrocal is an active member of The Retina Society, The Macula Society, Club Vit, and holds leadership positions in many of these groups including the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Society of Retina Specialists. On good days, she enjoys spending time with family and friends in Miami. On good nights, Dr. Berrocal explores new places around the world.
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). Dr. Chan received his BA from the University of Pennsylvania and MD from the Temple University School of Medicine. After completing Ophthalmology residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College, he went on to a Fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chan spent nine years on faculty at Weill Cornell Medical College before moving to Chicago in 2015. He currently serves as Director of the Pediatric Retina and ROP Service, and is Professor and Vice Chair for the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at UIC.
Dr. Chan is committed to global ophthalmology initiatives with a focus on both surgical training and education for the diagnosis and management of adult and pediatric retinal disease. He works with a multi-disciplinary group of investigators with expertise in neonatology, ophthalmology, biomedical informatics, international health, and medical education. Together, they have established clinical, teaching, and research collaborations in Asia, Latin America, and Africa.
Dr. Chan is an assistant editor for the journal, Retina, and remains active in a number of major ophthalmic societies as a member of the American Eye Study Club, the American Ophthalmological Society, the Retina Society, the Macula Society, the Association of Pediatric Retina Surgeons, and the American Society of Retina Specialists. Dr. Chan serves on the Global ONE Advisory Board and the Ethics Committee for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). He is also on the Executive Committee for the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology and is a member the Board of Trustees for Helen Keller International. Dr. Chan has won numerous awards including a Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship, the Ronald G. Michels Foundation Fellowship, the Paul Kayser International Fellowship, the Excellence in Ophthalmology Vision Award (XOVA), the American Society of Retina Specialists Senior Honor Award, the Achievement Award and two Secretariat Awards by the AAO. He has authored over 70 peer-reviewed articles and has given over 200 invited national and international lectures on adult and pediatric vitreoretinal disease.
On good days he spends his time with his family and his wife, Ann-Marie, is traveling internationally, and reading ROP images. On good nights he’s eating a high calorie meal with family and friends.
John W. Kitchens, MD is a vitreoretinal surgeon with the Retina Associates of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Kitchens received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Evansville and Doctor of Medicine from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his internship at Indiana University. Dr. Kitchens performed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology. During Dr. Kitchens’ residency, he was the winner of the Bloomberg Resident Cataract Video Competition.
Following his residency, Dr. Kitchens received his vitreoretinal fellowship training at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. After hisfellowship, he served as Chief Resident and Instructor at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. While at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Dr. Kitchens served as the co-editor of the Ophthalmology Times “Grand Rounds”. He was also nominated for the Golden Stethoscope Award, a state-wide award for outstanding service during training.
Dr. Kitchens has been featured on the Discovery Channel’s Mystery Diagnosis television program. He has also been selected to Best Doctors. Dr. Kitchens' practice focuses on medical and surgical diseases of the retina. His research interests include macular hole surgery, retinal detachment, ocular imaging, and ocular histoplasmosis syndrome.
Dr. Kitchens is Past President of the Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians & Surgeons and is a graduate of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Leadership Development Program. Dr. Kitchens serves on the editorial board of OSLI Retina and is a frequent invited lecturer at national and international symposium, especially on the topic of novel surgical techniques. On good days, Dr. Kitchens can be found hiking with his family. On good nights, he is up late editing surgical videos and finding just the right amount of humor to include in them (that last part is a joke in and of itself).
Vice President, Governance
Derek Y. Kunimoto, M.D., J. D. graduated from Harvard College summa cum laude, and Harvard Medical School with honors. He received his law degree with honors from Oxford University on a Rhodes scholarship. He was a medicine intern at Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed his residency at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, where he served as co-chief resident.Dr. Kunimoto completed a 2-year vitreoretinal fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital. He was recognized as both a Heed Foundation Fellow and a Ronald G. Michels Fellow. Dr. Kunimoto has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and 2 major ophthalmology textbooks, The Wills Eye Video Atlas of Ocular Surgery, and the 4th edition of The Wills Eye Manual. Dr. Kunimoto has been very active in the clinical research of retinal diseases, acting as Principal Investigator in over 25 clinical trials, and as sub-investigator in over 100 clinical trials.
Dr. Kunimoto has been awarded numerous fellowships for scientific and medical studies. Some of these include the Fulbright Scholarship for the study of infectious eye diseases in India; the Peace and Friendship Scholarship, awarded by the Japanese Government; the Frederick T Sheldon Scholarship, awarded by Harvard University. He was the first recipient of the Ann Sullivan Scholarship, awarded by the Massachusetts General Hospital and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, for ophthalmology research in India.
Dr. Kunimoto served as Chair of the Medical Student Governing Council in the Massachusetts Medical Society, and as a member on the Council on Constitution and Bylaws of the American Medical Association. Dr. Kunimoto served as President of the Phoenix Ophthalmological Society, and serves on the Board of the Arizona Ophthalmological Society.
Outside of medicine, Dr. Kunimoto serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars. On good days, he enjoys playing with his 2 children and watching movies with his wife, Lubna. On good nights, he enjoys grilling and having a good scotch with friends.
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 and a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He completed an ophthalmology residency at Greater Baltimore Medical Center under the guidance of C.P. Wilkinson, MD. He then completed a research and medical retina fellowship with Mark Humayun, MD PhD and Eugene de Juan, Jr. MD at the Doheny Eye Institute where he published numerous seminal publications as first author on 25-gauge Vitrectomy. He then completed a vitreoretinal fellowship at Cullen Eye Institute of the Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Lakhanpal is currently Managing Partner at Eye Consultants of Maryland and is Principal of Timonium Surgery Center, LLC. He is a member of numerous professional and honorary societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), and The Retina Society. He currently serves on several committees for the AAO and ASRS. Dr. Lakhanpal has received numerous awards for his surgical video presentations from the AAO and ASRS. His interest in surgical video presentation and discussion was one of the driving forces in the formation of VBS. He is considered an expert in 25-gauge surgical management of complex retinal detachment and PVR and has lectured throughout the country on this topic. He has recently helped develop and refine new 27-gauge instrumentation. Overall, Dr. Lakhanpal has published over 100 peer-reviewed and non peer-reviewed articles on clinical topics in vitreoretinal disease, with over 50 as first author. On good days, Dr. Lakhanpal enjoys participating in Sprint Triathlons and enjoys traveling with his wife, Mia. On good nights, Dr. Lakhanpal is found enjoying fine dining.
Vice President, Corporate Relations
After receiving her dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Chemistry and Japanese from Smith College, Dr. Geeta Lalwani attended Hahnemann Medical School, Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA where she graduated with AOA honors. She completed her residency at Case Western Reserve in Ohio, where she was elected as chief resident by her peers, followed by a surgical retina fellowship at the world-renowned Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. She was honored to join their faculty, focusing her clinical research on macular degeneration, diabetic retinal disease and surgical diseases of the retina for 4 years before deciding to return to her Colorado roots.
Dr Lalwani is Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmlology. She is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmologists, American Society of Retina Specialists, the Vit-Buckle Society and the prestigious Retina Society. Dr. Lalwani has published several important articles in prestigious ophthalmology journals and serves as the Vice President of Corporate Relations for the Vit-Buckle Society.
On good days, along with her husband, Geeta enjoys trying to keep up with her 3 daughters, running, and spending time outdoors. On good nights, Dr. Lalwani is found cooking her favorite meals and traveling with family & friends.
Dr. Charles W. Mango is a Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist whose clinical practice involves the medical and surgical management of complex vitreo-retinal disorders. Dr. Mango completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the Weill Cornell Medical College – New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York. He has also completed a two year fellowship in vitreo-retinal surgery at the Jules Stein Eye Institute - University of California Los Angeles.
Dr. Mango is actively involved as a teaching faculty member in the retina fellowship program at the Weill Cornell Medical College / New York Presbyterian Hospital. He has published and contributes as a reviewer to the major scientific journals. He has authored multiple textbook chapters. He is involved in several scientific research projects, which include robotic ocular surgery, retinal imaging modalities, and evaluation of electronic advances in the field of retina.He has participated as a principal investigator and co-investigator in numerous clinical trials. Dr. Mango is a founder of the Vit-Buckle Society where he currently serves as an officer and executive board member.
On good days, Dr. Mango can be found birdwatching in Central Park. On good nights, he enjoys dinners out with his wife, occasional lightsaber battles with his son and daughter, and watching college basketball.
Andrew A. Moshfeghi, MD, MBA is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Southern California (USC) Eye Institute at the Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California. At USC, he serves as Director of the Clinical Trials Unit.
Dr. Moshfeghi formerly served as the Medical Director at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Palm Beach and also as Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He also served as the Medical Director of the Bascom Palmer Surgery Center and the Director of Ophthalmic Telemedicine while at the University of Miami.
Dr. Moshfeghi received his medical and surgical retina fellowship training at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. This was following ophthalmology residency at North Shore University Hospital-Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New York. He graduated medical school from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, where he was given the James H. Allen Award for Excellence in Ophthalmology.
In addition to having published more than 80 scientific papers and book chapters in the field, Dr. Moshfeghi serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals that specialize in vitreoretinal surgery and macular diseases (OSLI Retina, Retinal Cases & Brief Reports, New RetinaMD, Ocular Surgery News, Ocular Surgery News Retina). He currently also serves as Associate Editor of RetinaCME.com.
Dr. Moshfeghi was a pioneer in the use of novel treatments for age-related macular degeneration and other retinal vascular diseases. He was the co-author on the first paper describing the use of intraocular bevacizumab (Avastin) for the treatment of wet age-related macular degeneration, which was one of the most highly cited papers published in 2005.
He is a frequent invited lecturer at national and international scientific symposia. In addition to receiving the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award,American Society of Retinal Specialists Honor Award, Best Doctors in America Award, Castle-Connolly Top Doctors Award, he also received the prestigious Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation Award. In addition to his work as Secretary and Board Member of the Vit-Buckle Society, Dr. Moshfeghi is a member of The Macula Society, The Retina Society, and Club Vit.
Dr. Moshfeghi and his wife, Arlanna, who is a pediatric ophthalmologist, live in Pasadena, CA with their two children. On good days, you can find Dr. Moshfeghi playing tennis with his colleagues. On good nights, he is enjoying good food & wine with friends and family.
Chair, Annual Meeting Scientific Program
Charles Wykoff, MD, PhD, graduated Phi Beta Kappa from MIT, received his PhD from Oxford University in England while on a Marshall Scholarship, and his MD from Harvard Medical School. As a medical student he co-authored the book Fighting Global Blindness. While pursuing vitreoretinal training at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute he was awarded a Heed Fellowship, the Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Award, and served as Chief Resident/Co-Director of Ocular Trauma.
Dr. Wykoff is Director of the Greater Houston Retina Research Foundation associated with Retina Consultants of Houston and has extensive expertise in clinical trial design and coordination. His research interests pertain to angiogenesis and retinal vascular diseases including age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and venous occlusive diseases, as well as vitreoretinal surgery topics such as retinal detachment and macular surgery. Dr. Wykoff has written and published more than 120 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, book chapters, national meeting presentations and abstracts. Dr. Wykoff is the elected, Deputy Chair for Ophthalmology and the Blanton Eye Institute at the Houston Methodist Hospital, was awarded the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award in 2015 and is an elected member of the Retina Society and the Macula Society. He also serves as the Academic Program Director for the Vit-buckle Society Annual Meeting, and is a member of the AAO, ARVO, ASRS and FACS.
Aleksandra V. Rachitskaya, M.D. is a member of the VBS Education Committee and the VBS Fellows’ Foray Committee, which she Co-Chairs. She serves as Assistant Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University’s Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and is a member of the vitreoretinal faculty at Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute.
An active researcher, Dr. Rachitskaya is involved in numerous clinical trials, including studies on diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. In June of 2015, Dr. Rachitskaya performed the first Argus II implant in the state of Ohio. Dr. Rachitskaya’s work regularly appears in the ophthalmological literature and she has given numerous national and international presentations on her work. She presently serves as a reviewer for Ophthalmology and Retina, among other journals. She is an active member of American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Retina Specialists, and serves as an organizer of the annual Fellows’ Foray for the Vit-Buckle Society.
Prior to her appointment at the Cleveland Clinic in 2014, Dr. Rachitskaya served on the faculty of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida, as Chief Resident and Director of Ocular Trauma. She was also a resident and vitreoretinal fellow at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.
Dr. Rachitskaya completed an internship in internal medicine at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and earned her medical degree at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. During medical school, she spent a year at the National Eye Institute as a National Institutes of Health-Howard Hughes Institute Research Fellow and earned an induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She is a summa cum laude graduate of John Carroll University, in University Heights, Ohio.
On good days, Aleksandra and her husband Michael Azre enjoy jogging, hiking, and travel. On good nights, they look forward to any opportunity to hear the Cleveland Orchestra or walk the galleries at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Dr. Andrew Schimel is a member of the VBS Annual Program Committee. He grew up outside of Chicago and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude from the University of Michigan. He received his Medical Degree from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Washington University in Saint Louis. Dr. Schimel then completed his fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Dr. Schimel is a partner at the Center For Excellence in Eye Care in Miami and is an Assistant Professor at Florida International University.
Dr. Schimel’s research interests encompass macular degeneration, diabetes, endophthalmitis and vitreoretinal surgery topics including retinal detachments, diabetic retinopathy, epiretinal membranes and macular holes. Dr. Schimel’s research has resulted in numerous peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, book chapters and national meeting presentations. Dr. Schimel is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology, is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the Diabetic Research Clinical Network and the American Society of Retina Specialists.
Anton Orlin, MD, is a member of the VBS Education Committee and the VBS Fellows’ Foray Committee, which he Co-Chairs. Dr. Orlin serves as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Attending Physician at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Orlin is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery. He completed his two year Vitreoretinal fellowship training at Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital.
Dr. Orlin graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester in New York. He attended medical school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and completed his residency training at the Scheie Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. During his residency, Dr. Orlin was one of four residents nationwide picked to present his retinal research at the annual AUPO (Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology) meeting. He serves as a scientific reviewer to several major journals and has participated as a co-investigator in numerous clinical trials and laboratory investigations. He has authored over 25 peer-reviewed articles and has given numerous presentations on vitreoretinal disease. Dr. Orlin is also the current director for the vitreoretinal fellowship at Weill Cornell Medical College. Although Dr. Orlin has remained actively involved in medical research and education, his primary focus is to provide compassionate and excellent clinical and surgical care to his patients.
Byron Ladd, M.D. serves as a member of the VBS Communications Committee. He attended Indiana University and received an Honors Bachelors of Science in Biochemistry, graduated Summa Cum Laude and was awarded Phi Beta Kappa. After receiving a Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University and selection to Alpha Omega Alpha, he completed an ophthalmology residency and vitreoretinal fellowship at The Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. While training at Wilmer, Dr. Ladd received the W. Richard Green Teaching Award and the American College of Eye Surgeons Bloomberg Award. He also practiced and lectured as part of the Johns Hopkins International Medical Team in the United Arab Emirates. As a partner of the Virginia Eye Institute, Dr. Ladd has served as the President, ASC Medical Director, Marketing Chairman and member of the Executive Committee. He has been the President of the local chapter of the Foundation Fighting Blindness and received national recognition with their prestigious Visionary Award. Dr. Ladd is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, VitBuckle Society and Club Vit. He continues to serve as an investigator in numerous Phase III clinical trials and lectures nationally on management of retinal diseases. On good days, Dr. Ladd enjoys sharing his passion for golf, sailing, tennis and fishing with his two children. On good nights, he enjoys the solace of his wood shop and the humor of his friends and colleagues.
John B. Miller, M.D. is a member of the VBS Education Committee and is an organizer the VBS Rounds Fellows’ Surgical Webinar. He serves as Instructor in Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School and Associate Director of the Vitreoretinal Surgical Fellowship at Mass Eye & Ear Infirmary.
Dr. Miller maintains an active research program in addition to his strong clinical retina practice. As a clinician scientist, his work focuses both on clinical research and the basic mechanisms of retinal disease through study in the laboratory. In the Mass. Eye and Ear Angiogenesis Laboratory, he has explored the mechanisms of retinal toxicity of systemic medications. Ongoing work explores the pathogenesis of age-related macular degeneration, macular telangiectasia, macular hole, and drug retinal toxicities.
His clinical research includes age-related macular degeneration, traumatic macular holes, and macular telangiectasia. He maintains a particular focus on retinal imaging devices, including Swept Source OCT (investigational). With additional advances in retinal imaging, he hopes to provide earlier detection of disease or predisposing factors, better prognostic information, and disease maintenance.
Dr. Miller has received multiple investigator awards, including those from top subspecialty societies: the Retina Society and Macula Society. He maintains a close association with the latest developments in both diagnostics and therapeutics through regular attendance at subspecialty meetings, including the Retina Society, the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS), Association of Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), and the Vit Buckle Society (VBS). He serves on the education committee of the Vit Buckle Society, striving to improve the surgical techniques of others through collaboration.
Dr. Jonathan S. Chang is a member of the VBS Education Committee and serves as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center. His clinical and research interests include vitreoretinal surgery, management of complex retinal disorders, macular degeneration and cost-effective medical care. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Doctor of Medicine Degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Both his residency and vitreoretinal fellowship training were completed at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami, FL, where he also served as Chief Resident and Co-Director of Ocular Trauma. Dr. Chang is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmoolgy (AAO) and American Society of Retinal Specialists (ASRS). He and his wife Karina enjoy travel, trying new restaurants and theater.
Jorge Fortun, M.D., serves as a member of the VBS Communications Committee. A native of Miami, FL, Dr. Fortun currently holds a faculty appointment as an assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (BPEI). Prior to joining BPEI he completed his residency training at the Cullen Eye Institute of the Baylor College of Medicine where he also served as chief resident. He went on to receive VR surgical fellowship training at the Emory Eye Center. He currently serves as the director of the retina service and retina fellowship program at BPEI of the Palm Beaches in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. On good days, Dr. Fortun can be found golfing in Palm Beach. On good nights, he enjoys the South Florida nightlife.
Dr. Lisa J. Faia is a member of the VBS Membership committee. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the George Washington University and her medical degree from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. She completed her residency at Mayo Clinic College of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. She then went on to specialty training at the National Eye Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, where she completed a two-year fellowship in Uveitis and Medical Retina. From there, she completed a fellowship in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery at Associated Retinal Consultants, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI and was recognized as a Michels fellow. She is actively involved in fellow and resident education as an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Oakland University. Currently, she is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Pan-American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, American Uveitis Society, American Medical Association, Michigan Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, and Association in Research of Vision and Ophthalmology. She is involved in a wide array of both basic science and clinical studies in uveitic and vitreoretinal diseases. Dr. Faia has presented nationally and internationally on the topics of uveitis and retina and authored and co-authored multiple peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and reviews on these subjects.
Mrinali Gupta, M.D. is a member of the VBS Education Committee. She is a Vitreoretinal Specialist and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell Medical College / New York-Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Gupta graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University. She received her M.D. from Duke University School of Medicine, where she was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha academic honor society. During medical school, she was also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute - National Institutes of Health Research Fellow, through which she spent one year conducting research in age-related macular degeneration at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Gupta completed her Residency Training in Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School / Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, followed by Fellowship Training in Vitreoretinal Diseases and Surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College / New York – Presbyterian Hospital. After fellowship, Dr. Gupta stayed on at Weill Cornell, where she joined the faculty of the Vitreoretinal Surgery Service.
In addition to her clinical and surgical retina practice, Dr. Gupta is actively engaged in clinical and basic science research in retinal disease. Dr. Gupta’s research laboratory, led in conjunction with John TG Pena, MD, PhD, investigates the molecular mechanisms and novel therapeutic strategies for retinal disease. Dr. Gupta has authored over 30 peer-reviewed publications, as well as several textbook chapters; and she has presented her research at a number of national and international meetings. Dr. Gupta serves as an ad hoc scientific reviewer to several major journals including RETINA, PLoS One, and Retinal Cases and Brief Reports. Dr. Gupta is also committed to resident and fellow education and serves as Program Director for the Weill Cornell Medical College Medical Retina Fellowship.
Dr. Gupta has won a number of recognitions and awards including the Duke University School of Medicine Thomas Jefferson Award given to one student for excellence in academics, research, and service; the Duke University School of Medicine E. Arthur Palumbo Medical School Scholarship, a full senior-year tuition scholarship awarded to one student based on academic merit; the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship; and the Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation Award.
On good days, Dr. Gupta is spending time with her husband, Arun, and newborn son, Aarav, or travelling. On good nights, she is enjoying the vibrant Manhattan restaurant scene in Manhattan with friends…or catching some zzz’s on the rare night that Aarav sleeps for a few hours in a row!
Royce Chen, M.D. is a member of the Education Committee and Chairs the VBS Rounds Fellows’ Surgical Webinar. Dr. Chen serves as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center and Attending Ophthalmologist at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He is a board-certified ophthalmologist who specializes in surgical and medical management of vitreoretinal disease and uveitis. Dr. Chen also serves as the Associate Residency Program Director for the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia.
Dr. Chen graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Music and received his M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine. He then performed his ophthalmology residency at Columbia University, where he served as Chief Resident. This was followed by a 2-year vitreoretinal surgical fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami, where he served as a Clinical Instructor in Ophthalmology.
He has received numerous honors, including a Heed Foundation Fellowship and recognition as a NYC Super Doctors Rising Star for 2015.
2015 NYC Super Doctors Rising Star
2013 American Society of Retina Specialists Ambassador to the AAO Mid-Year Forum
2012 – 2013 Heed Foundation Fellowship
2011 – 2012 Chief Resident, Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute
2011 New York-Presbyterian Hospital Physician Champion Award
2010 Heed Foundation Residents Retreat
2007 Research to Prevent Blindness Medical Student Eye Research Fellowship
2007 Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology National Eye Institute Travel Grant
Steven Yeh, M.D. is a member of the VBS Membership Committee. He serves as the Louise M. Simpson Professor of Ophthalmology, Section of Vitreoretinal Surgery & Diseases, and Director of the Section of Uveitis and Vasculitis at the Emory Eye Center, Emory School of Medicine.
During his fellowships, Dr. Yeh acquired advanced medical and surgical retina training in macular diseases, uveitis, retinal detachment repair, ocular tumors, retinal degenerations, and ocular trauma. While at the National Institutes of Health, he conducted research in diagnostic imaging for posterior uveitis and immunotherapies for uveitis, as well as translational research investigating the mechanisms of rare autoimmune eye diseases.
His clinical areas of expertise include advanced diagnostics for the care of adult and pediatric uveitis, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular disease, and retinal detachment surgery.
Dr. Yeh has published more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and abstracts, many of which have been presented at premier ophthalmology conferences and meetings.
He received recognition as a Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellow and was presented the Ronald G. Michels Fellowship award. He currently serves on the Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee and the Uveitis Knowledge Base Panel of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Dr. Yeh has also received the Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS). He serves as a manuscript reviewer for several journals including Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science (IOVS), the Archives of Ophthalmology and the American Journal of Ophthalmology.