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Snell Memorial Lecturer, Wallace Alward, M.D.

Wallace Alward, MD, is the Frederick C. Blodi Chair in Ophthalmology, Vice-Chair in Ophthalmology, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, and Director of the Glaucoma Service at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. He is regarded as a leading authority in the medical and surgical management of Glaucoma and gonioscopy techniques. His areas of research interest include glaucoma genetics, pigmentary glaucoma, combined glaucoma and cataract surgery, normal tension glaucoma, and gonioscopy. In collaboration with Edwin Stone and Val Sheffield, Dr. Alward was part of the team that described the first gene for primary open angle glaucoma. He was involved in the discovery of the myocilin gene for primary open angle glaucoma, the PITX2 and FOXC1 genes for Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome and the TBK1 gene for normal tension glaucoma.

Dr. Alward is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Medicine and completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Louisville where he was chief resident. He received his fellowship training in Glaucoma at the University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. During his career has contributed to, or written, more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals and trade publications as well as numerous textbooks and book chapters. He is also the founder of the Website dedicated to teaching basic and advanced examination techniques through the use of video.

Billitier Family Distinguished Visiting Professor, Mark Terry, M.D.

Mark Terry, MD, is Director of the Cornea Service at Devers Eye Hospital and Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Oregon Health Sciences University. He has lectured internationally and widely published his research work in the areas of corneal transplantation, corneal physiology, refractive surgery, and dry eye. In 2000 he began the first clinical study of Deep Lamellar Endothelial Keratoplasty (DLEK) in the United States.  Dr. Terry has been actively training surgeons in endothelial keratoplasty for more than 6 years. He has also pioneered DMEK, one of the latest partial thickness corneal transplant techniques.

Dr. Terry attended Yale University as an undergraduate and earned his medical degree at St. Louis University. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Naval Regional Medical Center of the University of California San Francisco and his corneal fellowship at the University of Oklahoma’s Dean McGee Eye Institute. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Cornea Society and the Association for research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

Richard Allen, M.D., Ph.D.

Richard Allen, MD, PhD is a Professor of Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center who specializes in oculoplastic reconstruction. His clinical interests include orbital reconstruction, management of eyelid and facial tumors, the genetics of orbital disease and blepharoplasty. His research interests are numerous and include participation in clinical trials related to the ocular complications of AIDS.

Dr. Allen received his medical degree and a doctorate in Human and Molecular Genetics from Baylor University.  He completed his residency at the University of Iowa and then joined the faculty of the University of New Mexico. He returned to Iowa where received fellowship training in oculoplastic surgery. Dr. Allen is a member of ASOPRS, the American Eye Study Club, and the Orbital Society, is Section Editor of Oculoplastics and Orbit for Current Opinion in Ophthalmology, and is a member of committees in ASOPRS, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the International Council of Ophthalmology.

Michael S. Lee, M.D.

Michael S. Lee, MD, is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Neurosciences and the Mackall-Scheie Research Chair at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He sees patients with a variety of neuro-ophthalmic problems including blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, optic neuritis, ischemic optic, double vision, giant cell arteritis and more. As the Mackall-Scheie Research Chair, he focuses his investigations optic nerve disease, thyroid eye disease and benign essential blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm.

Dr. Lee received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania School of medicine and completed his residency at Scheie Eye Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. He received his neuro-ophthalmology training through a fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has delivered hundreds of lectures worldwide. He sits on numerous editorial review boards and serves on leadership positions for organizations including the North American Neuro-ophthalmology Association and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He is also recognized by Best Doctors in America and known for his expertise in teaching medical students, resident and fellows.

Thomas Oetting, M.D.

Thomas Oetting, MD, is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Residency Program Director at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. His clinical interests complex cataract surgery and diseases of the anterior segment and he is Deputy Director of the VA Medical Surgical Service. He is known worldwide as an innovator in ophthalmic education and is co-founder and editor of the University of Iowa’s EyeRounds online learning resource.

Dr. Oetting is a graduate of Duke University’s School of Medicine and Completed his Ophthalmology Residency at Iowa University. His research interests include cataract and anterior segment surgery and intra-ocular lenses. He has authored or co-authored more than 250 publications in peer-reviewed journals and ophthalmic trade publications. He has been selected to Best Doctors in America and holds or has held leadership positions in organizations such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Michael Repka, M.D.

Michael Repka, MD, is the David L. Guyton, M.D.., and Feduniak Family Professor of Ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. He specializes in pediatric ophthalmology, strabismus, retinopathy of prematurity and pediatric neuro-ophthalmology. His clinical practice includes an interest in the management of strabismus and amblyopia. In these areas, he has a special interest in using alternatives to patching for the management of amblyopia and using strabismus surgery, botulinum toxin and adjustable sutures to treat strabismus. He also performs cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation on children with cataracts and has a special interest in pediatric neuro-ophthalmology involving normal and abnormal visual development and the effect of injury and tumor on the visual system of the child.

Dr. Repka received his M.D.. degree from Thomas Jefferson University and completed his ophthalmology residency at Wills Eye Hospital. He completed fellowships in neuro-ophthalmology and pediatric ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and joined the faculty in 1985. In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Repka is the vice chair for clinical practice at Wilmer. He is the past chairman of the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group and past president of the Maryland Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. He is medical director of Government Affairs of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Sunil Srivastiva, M.D.

Sunil Srivastiva, M.D., is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic and the Cole Eye Institute. His clinical interests include uveitis and ocular inflammatory diseases, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular diseases, and retinal detachments. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Dr. Srivastiva has dozens of manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and lectures extensively on the topics of retina and uveitis.

He received his medical degree from State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and completed his ophthalmology residency at Emory University Hospital and School of Medicine, in Atlanta, Georgia. He later held a uveitis/medical retina fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina.