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2014 Alumni Speakers (2015 speakers to be announced)

  • Remarks from the Chair: Joan W. Miller, MD, FARVO
    Introduction of the Class of 2014; Dept. of Ophthalmology Update

    Henry Willard Williams Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School; Chair, Department of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School; Chief of Ophthalmology, Mass. Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Class of 1964: Lloyd M. Aiello, MD
    Diabetic Retinopathy: Historical Perspectives and New Medicine
    Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School; Founding Director, Beetham Eye Institute and Co-Founder, Joslin Vision Network; Joslin Diabetes Center, affiliated with Mass. Eye and Ear 

  • Class of 1969: Douglas R. Anderson, MD, FARVO
    Advances in Glaucoma During Fifty-plus Years
    Professor Emeritus of Ophthalmology; Douglas R. Anderson Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology; Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine

  • Class of 1974: Michael Van Buskirk, MD
    Aqueous Under the Bridge

    Professor of Ophthalmology, Retired, Oregon Health and Sciences University; Chief of Ophthalmology, Retired, Devers Eye Institute
  • Class of 1979: Thomas R. Hedges III, MD
    When OCT Shows Retina and Optic Nerve Disease
    Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology, Tufts University; Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology, New England Eye Center

  • Class of 1984: Eve J. Higginbotham, SM, MD
    What Every Ophthalmologist Should Know About the Social Determinants of Health
    Vice Dean, Perelman School of Medicine; Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Heath Economics; Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Pennsylvania
  • Distinguished Research Achievement Award: 
    Thaddeus P. Dryja, MD
    A Personal Voyage in the Genome: Identifying Genes Causing Ophthalmic Diseases
    Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School; Mass. Eye and Ear
  • Distinguished clinical Achievement Award: 
    Alfred Sommer, MD, MPH

    Preventing Blindness, Saving Lives, with Vitamin A
    Dean Emeritus, Bloomberg School of Public Health; Professor of Ophthalmology, Epidemiology, & International Health; The Wilmer Eye Institute, The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

  • Class of 1989: Frans J. Van de Velde, MD, PhD
    The Legacy of Dr. Charles L. Schepens at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
    Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School; Schepens Eye Research Institute/Mass. Eye and Ear
  • Class of 1994: Eric A. Pierce, MD, PhD
    Personalized Medicine for Inherited Retinal Degenerations

    Solman and Libe Friedman Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School
    Mass. Eye and Ear
    Director, Ocular Genomics Institute

  • Class of 1999: Natalie A. Afshari, MD
    New Horizons in Corneal Endothelium and Fuchs Dystrophy – Surgical Interventions, Cell Therapy & Genetics

    Professor of Ophthalmology, Chief of Cornea and Refractive Surgery, University of California, San Diego, Shiley Eye Center
  • Class of 2004: Nisha R. Acharya, MD, MS
    Trials and Tribulations of RCTs

    Associate Professor, Departments of Ophthalmology and Epidemiology; Director, Uveitis Service; F.I. Proctor Foundation; University of California, San Francisco
  • Class of 2009: Ankoor S. Shah, MD, PhD
    Pediatric Vision Screening: Changing the Paradigm
    Instructor in Ophthalmology, Harvard Medical School; Staff Physician, Boston Children’s Hospital