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.

VBS was founded in 2005 as a non-profit, voluntary organization dedicated to enhancing retina education with a focus on developing vitreoretinal surgeons. We have been thriving ever since and encourage you to join us on the journey.

Our events engage the spectrum of retina physicians, from fellows through seasoned attendings, with the goal of making vitreoretinal interventions safer and more effective. We host an Annual Meeting, have recurring educational events including VBS Rounds, organize special sessions such as our 2021 reproductive health symposium, offer CME credit for educational activities, host a podcast, and collate incredible educational content through our Vit-Buckle Academy endeavor.

Board of Trustees

Audina M. Berrocal, MD Audina M. Berrocal MD
R.V. Paul Chan, MD, MSc, FACS R.V. Paul Chan MD, MSc, FACS
Royce W.S. Chen MD
Jorge Fortun MD
Geeta A. Lalwani, MD Geeta A. Lalwani MD
R. Ross Lakhanpal, MD R. Ross Lakhanpal MD
Charles W. Mango, MD Charles W. Mango MD
Anton Orlin, MD Anton Orlin MD
Aleksandra Rachitskaya, MD Aleksandra Rachitskaya MD
Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD Charles C. Wykoff MD, PhD

Board of Trustees Emeritus

Thomas Albini MD
John W. Kitchens MD
Derek Kunimoto, MD, JD Derek Kunimoto MD, JD
Andrew A. Moshfeghi, MD Andrew A. Moshfeghi MD
A group of VBS meeting attendees

VBS Executive Committee

Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD: President
R. Ross Lakhanpal, MD: Immediate Past President
Charles W. Mango, MD: VP, Secretary
Anton Orlin, MD: VP, Treasurer
Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD: VP, Annual Academic Program
Geeta A. Lalwani, MD: VP, Corporate Relations
Vacant: VP, Digital Relations
Vacant: VP, Diversity
Mrinali Gupta, MD: VP, Education
Derek Kunimoto, MD, JD: VP, Governance & Compliance
Camila Ventura, MD, PhD: VP, International
Aleksandra Rachitskaya, MD: VP, Membership
Audina M. Berrocal, MD: VP, Social Events
Royce W.S. Chen, MD: VP, Trainee Mentorship
Jay Sridhar, MD: VP, Website & Information Technology
Andrew Schimel, MD: VP, Wellness


VBS Finance Committee

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

VBS Bylaws Writing Committee

Anton Orlin, MD
Derek Kunimoto, MD, JD
R. Ross Lakhanpal, MD
Charles W. Mango, MD
Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD

A group of VBS meeting attendees

VBS Leadership Awards

Our prestigious members are often honored with awards and accolades. Please join us in celebrating their accomplishments!

Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD

Charles Wykoff, MD

ASRS Presidents’ Young Investigator Award, 2020

The Presidents’ Young Investigator Award was established to honor past leaders of ASRS. It serves as a means to nurture the development of the next generation of retina leaders and encourage researchers to undertake investigative work in critical areas of retinal diseases that may one day lead to meaningful improvements in patients’ lives.

The award is given in recognition of an outstanding paper published during the past year and other accomplishments of the investigator that signal potential for impactful contributions to the field in the future. Learn More


Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD

Yoshihiro Yonekawa, MD

ASRS Senior Honor Award

The Honor Points Program recognizes ASRS members for their time and contributions to the scientific programs of the Annual Meeting. Members who have earned 20 or more points are eligible to receive a Senior Honor Award to recognize those ASRS members who have demonstrated significant continued participation in the Annual Meetings. Learn more


Audina M. Berrocal, MD

Audina Berrocal, MD

ASRS Crystal Apple Award, 2018

The Crystal Apple is a special recognition presented to an ASRS member who has gone to great lengths to advance the education and professional development of young vitreoretinal specialists. Learn more