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Snell Memorial Lecturer, Victor Perez, M.D.

Victor Perez, M.D., is the Walter G. Ross Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmic Research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Professor of Ophthalmology, Microbiology and Immunology. As director Director of the Ocular Surface Center at Bscom Palmer Eye Institute, he specializes in ocular surface diseases, keratoprostheses, corneal transplant surgery, ocular immunology, uveitis and corneal and external diseases.  His research interests are in the areas of ocular surface disease, dry eye syndrome and keratoprostheses.

Dr. Perez received an undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a medical degree from University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. He completed an ophthalmology residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear at Harvard Medical School and went on to complete four fellowships in cornea and external diseases and in uveitis at Massachusetts Eye and Ear at Harvard Medical School; an ocular immunology research fellowship at Schepens Eye Research Institute at Harvard Medical School; and an immunology research fellowship in the Department of Pathology of Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School.

Billitier Family Distinguished Visiting Professor, Christopher Girkin, M.D.

Christopher Girkin, M.D., M.S.P.H., is the Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Alabama Birmingham and the Director of the Callahan Eye Hospital. His clinical interests include the surgical management of adult and pediatric glaucoma and complex cataract. His research focuses on the effects of age, race and glaucomatous injury on the morphology and biomechanical behavior of the optic nerve.

He has authored or co-authored more than 260 journal articles, abstracts and book chapters in major ophthalmic publications and is a member of the editorial board for Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. He currently serves as secretary for the American Glaucoma Society and has received numerous accolades including the Ronald Lowe Medal in 2008.

Dr. Girkin earned his medical degree from the University of Arkansas and did residency training at UAB from 1994 to 1997. He then completed a fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute of the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore in 1998 and a second fellowship in glaucoma at the Glaucoma Research Center of the University of California, San Diego, in 1999, before joining the UAB faculty.

Robert Fante, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Robert Fante, M.D., F.A.C.S. is Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology in the University of Colorado Medical School and one of the leading oculofacial plastic surgeons in North America. His clinical interests include functional reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery related to the eye, orbit and face.He has authored or co-authored dozens of articles related facial surgery and is a lead instructor in the University of Colorado's oculofacila plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship program. Dr. Fante is a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) a fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and is the current secretary of education for ASOPRS.

Dr. Fante graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Arizona. He completed his fellowship in oculofacial plastic surgery at the University of Michigan and served for 4 years in the U.S. Airforce Medical Corps before moving to Denver Colorado in 1998.

Suber Huang, M.D., M.B.A

Suber Huang, M.D., M.B.A., is a leading retina specialist and founder of the Retina Center of Ohio. His clinical interests include the medical and surgical treatment of retinal disease including age-related macular degeneration,diabetic eye disease, complications of eye surgery, vein occlusion, macular hole, trauma, genetic retinal diseases and more. He serves as chair of the American Board of Ophthalmology Research and Federal Affairs Committee and is past president of the American Society of Retina Specialists. 

Dr. Huang received his undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins university and attended medical school at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine. He returned to Johns Hopkins where he completed his residency in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute and went on to receive fellowship training in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

Randy Kardon, M.D., Ph.D.

Randy Kardon, M.D., Ph.D.,  is  Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Neuro-ophthalmology Service at the University of Iowa and Veterans Administration Hospitals. He holds the Pomerantz Family Chair in Ophthalmology and is Director of the Iowa City Veterans Administration Center of Excellence for the Prevention and Treatment of Visual Loss. Dr. Kardon has published over 20 chapters, co-authored a textbook, published over 175 peer-reviewed journal articles, and is presently the Principle Investigator or co-PI on 6 major grants externally funded by the Veterans Administration, NIH, and the Department of Defense. His main areas of current research interest include pupil physiology and clinical application, traumatic brain injury and its treatment, structure-function relationships in optic nerve disease, ocular blood flow, image analysis and telemedicine of the retina and optic nerve.

Dr. Kardon is a native of Iowa, receiving bachelor's and doctoral degrees in pharmacy, as well as his medical degree, from the University of Iowa. He also completed his fellowship in neuro-ophthalmology at the University and enjoys helping to develop clinician-scientists through Iowa's medical Scientist Training Program. 

Laurence Sperber, M.D.

Laurence Sperber, M.D.  is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University where he also directs the resident program and organizes the NYU cataract course. He is a renowned refractive and cataract surgeon and is Director of The Refractive Laser Specialists of New York. A fellowship-trained Corneal and Refractive Surgeon, Dr. Sperber has achieved national and international recognition in his area of expertise, and has vast experience in all forms of Refractive Laser Procedures.

Dr. Sperber from Harvard University and then earned his medical degree from the Boston University School of Medicine. He completed his Ophthalmology residency at the Manhattan Eye,Ear and Throat Hospital in New York and went on to a Fellowship in Cornea and Refractive Surgery at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia. He has lectured extensively around the United States, as well as at many major national and international Ophthalmology meetings. Dr. Sperber has also has published scientific articles in many major Ophthalmology journals, as well as multiple chapters in leading Ophthalmology textbooks