Featured Speakers

Snell Memorial Lecturer David W. Parke, M.D.

David W. Parke, II, MD, is executive vice president and CEO of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Parke served for 17 years as president and CEO of the Dean McGee Eye Institute and Edward L. Gaylord professor and chair of the department of ophthalmology in the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.  A practicing ophthalmologist with subspecialty focus in retina/vitreous, Dr. Parke served as president of the Academy in 2008. He is a fellow of the Academy and received its Honor Award in 1989, its Senior Achievement Award in 1998 and its Life Achievement Honor Award in 2009.

A graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Stanford University and an AOA graduate of the Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Parke completed residency training at Baylor College of Medicine, serving as chief resident. He then completed two years of fellowship training in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous. His professional and scholarly activities have focused on that subspecialty and on medical education and biomedical organizational leadership and development. He has served on the editorial board of two ophthalmic journals and was executive editor of the American Journal of Ophthalmology. Dr. Parke has lectured widely on topics in retinal diseases and surgery, academic professional development, medical liability insurance and medical organizational leadership and management. In 2009, he was elected to Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis, an international body limited to 60 active members committed to global vision research, education and service.

Flaum Eye Institute Distinguished Visiting Professor, Alfredo Sadun, M.D., Ph.D.

Alfredo Sadun, MD, PhD is one of the world’s preeminent neuro-ophthalmologists and is the Flora L. Thornton Professor of Ophthalmology in Vision Research at University of Southern California’s Keck School of Medicine. His research has centered on the clinical, psychophysical and laboratory studies of diseases of the optic nerve and its connections with the brain. He was the first to identify several optic neuropathies due to systemic diseases such as AIDS and Alzheimer’s. In 1993 he was selected and sponsored by the United Nations to lead an investigative team to determine the cause of an epidemic of optic neuropathy in Cuba. Currently, his research focuses on mitochondrial causes of optic neuropathy such as Leber’s hereditary optic neuropathy and he has developed a unifying theory of these diseases.

Dr. Sadun earned a Ph.D. and an M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His residency and chief residency were at the Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School. He completed a clinical fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at Harvard where he then joined the full-time faculty. In 1984, Dr. Sadun was recruited to join the full-time faculty of the Keck School of Medicine at USC. He has received RPB James Adams Scholar and Senior Investigator Awards as well as Lighthouse International’s Pisart Award – this organization’s most prestigious research prize which is given annually to one vision scientist or clinician deemed to have made the greatest international contribution against blindness. In 2003 Dr. Sadun received the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Straatsma Prize for education and most recently received the William Hoyt Award – the highest honor in Neuro-Ophthalmology. He is the author or co-editor of four books, over 270 peer reviewed articles, and 70 book chapters.

Kendall Donaldson, M.D.

Kendall Donaldson, MD is an Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and medical director of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at Plantation. Donaldson specializes in new advances in cataract surgery and laser vision correction as well as the treatment of childhood ocular rosacea.

Dr. Donaldson received her medical degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She completed her ophthalmology residency and fellowship at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and a graduate certificate from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business. She is involved in the training of residents and fellows at Bascom Palmer and amassing an impressive list of publications in peer-reviewed journals of ophthalmology.

Mukesh Taneja, D.O.

Mukesh Taneja, DO is a Consultant in Cornea & Anterior Segment at the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India. He is currently completing a research fellowship at Miami University’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Dr. Taneja completed his post graduate training and senior residency at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi. He followed this with a fellowship in cornea & anterior segment at LVPEI. He worked as a consultant at Max Hospital and Sant Parmanand Hospital in New Delhi before joining LVPEI. His areas of specialization are corneal diseases, corneal graft and limbal stem cell transplantation, in addition to LASIK and phacoemulsification. He is experienced in the treatment of corneal opacities, keratoconus, infective corneal ulcers, dry eye, chemical injuries and trauma. He has several publications and presentations to his credit and is actively involved in research in the field of cornea and cataract.

James C. Tsai, M.D., MBA  

James C. Tsai, MD, MBA is Chair of the Yale University Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science. He previously directed the glaucoma division at the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. Dr. Tsai is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Amherst College and alumnus of the Stanford University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Doheny Eye Institute at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Following his residency, he completed glaucoma fellowships at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami and at Moorfields Eye Hospital and Institute of Ophthalmology in London. Dr. Tsai also received a MBA degree from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University.

Dr. Tsai serves on the editorial boards of Highlights of Ophthalmology, Glaucoma Today and Ocular Surgery News and is an editorial panel member of Academy Express. In addition, he has served as a scientific reviewer for 31 peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Molecular Vision, Experimental Eye Research, and Ophthalmology. He has authored a wide range of scientific articles, abstracts, and book chapters in glaucoma, as well as 3 editions of the medical textbook Medical Management of Glaucoma.

Howard S. Ying, M.D., Ph.D.

Howard S. Ying, MD, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, where he is a member of the retina division. He specializes in medical and surgical retina and complicated adult strabismus after retinal surgery.  In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Ying is actively researching the problem of ocular dysmotility and double vision after retinal surgery. Dr. Ying is board-certified in ophthalmology and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Ying trained in biomedical engineering at the Whitaker Institute at Johns Hopkins University, earned his medical degree and doctorate in neurosciences at Washington University, completed ophthalmology residency at the Doheny Eye Institute at University of Southern California and completed medical and surgical retina fellowship at Wilmer. He has written and collaborated on numerous publications and has been distinguished with the Raymond R. Margherio Award for macular research from the Retina Society and the Heed Fellowship award.