Program Faculty

Activity Co-chairs

Diana V. Do, MD
Diana V. Do, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology
Byers Eye Institute at Stanford
Stanford University School of Medicine
Palo Alto, CA

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Diana V. Do, MD, is Professor of Ophthalmology, Byers Eye Institute, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California. She received her medical degree and was a Regents Scholar at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. She completed her residency in ophthalmology and retina fellowship at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. She was Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and was Head of the Retina Fellowship Training Program, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She served as Vice Chair of Education, Professor of Ophthalmology, Program Director of the Ophthalmology Residency Training Program, and Director of the Retinal Fellowship Training Program, University of Nebraska College of Medicine, Omaha.

Dr. Do is an internationally recognized, board-certified ophthalmologist who has an active clinical and surgical practice while continuing to investigate novel treatments for retinal diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion, retinal detachment, macular hole, retinal infections, and epiretinal membrane. In addition, she teaches students, residents, and retina fellows at Stanford.

Dr. Do’s academic achievements have been recognized with numerous national awards, including the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Clinician-Scientist Award, the Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation Award, the Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists, and the Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. 

Dr. Do has authored more than 150 publications in the medical literature and has contributed to more than 25 book chapters. She has been the principal investigator and co-investigator on more than 45 clinical trials investigating novel treatments for retinal diseases and ocular inflammation. She has been an invited lecturer throughout North and South America, Europe, and Asia. She has directed and participated in many continuing medical education courses for ophthalmologists and retina specialists throughout the United States.

Rishi P. Singh, MD
Rishi P. Singh, MD
Staff Physician, Cole Eye Institute
Medical Director, Clinical Systems Office
Cleveland Clinic
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, OH

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Rishi P. Singh, MD is a staff surgeon at the Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic, and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Lerner College of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio. He also currently serves as the Medical Director of Informatics at Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Singh received his medical degree from Boston University in the prestigious accelerated medical program and completed his residency at the Massachusetts Eye and Infirmary Harvard Combined Program in Boston, Massachusetts. He then completed a medical and surgical fellowship at the Cole Eye Institute in Cleveland, Ohio.

Dr. Singh specializes in the treatment of medical and surgical retinal disease, such as diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Singh has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, books, and book chapters and serves as the principal investigator of numerous national clinical trials advancing the treatment of retinal disease. He is a frequent invited speaker at national and international meetings, as well as continuing medical education seminars. Dr. Singh is also a reviewer for various ophthalmology and diabetes medical publications, including Archives of Ophthalmology, American Journal of Ophthalmology, IOVS, and Ophthalmology. He maintains a strong relationship with drug development and commercial entities by serving on scientific advisory boards.

Dr. Singh's current work focuses on the electronic medical records implementation, lean process improvement, and decision support modules for clinical practice. He operates the Cleveland Clinic Electronic Health Record Consulting Program. He has been honored with several research recognitions, such as the Alpha Omega Alpha Research Award and the American Society of Retina Specialists Senior Honor Award.

Series Faculty

Sophie J. Bakri MD
Sophie J. Bakri, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

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Sophie J. Bakri, MD, is a professor of ophthalmology and director of the Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Bakri completed a vitreoretinal fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and her residency at Albany Medical College, New York. She graduated from the University of Nottingham Medical School, England, where she obtained her degree in medicine and surgery, and bachelor of medical sciences. She is board-certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Bakri is a specialist in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous, in particular, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and repair of complex retinal detachments. She undertakes both clinical and translational research in the pathogenesis and treatment of retinal diseases.

Dr. Bakri has authored over 140 peer-reviewed papers and 17 book chapters on retinal diseases. She is a principal investigator on numerous multicenter clinical trials on novel drugs for retinal disease. Dr. Bakri is the editor-in-chief of the book Mayo Clinic on Vision and Eye Health, and is on the editorial board of the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Retina, Seminars in Ophthalmology, and Clinical and Surgical Ophthalmology. She is an active member of the Macula Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Retinal Specialists.

Dr. Bakri has received an Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, an Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists, and is listed in Becker’s 135 Leading Ophthalmologists in America.


David G. Callanan, MD
David G. Callanan, MD
Clinical Professor
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Partner, Texas Retina Associates
Dallas, TX

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David G. Callanan, MD, is Clinical Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, and a partner at Texas Retina Associates, Dallas, Texas. He earned his medical degree at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, and completed his ophthalmology residency at Parkland Memorial Hospital, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He received a National Research Service Award from the National Eye Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, for the study of ocular immunology. He was a Heed Opthalmic Foundation Fellow at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Miami, Florida, where he completed fellowships in medical retina and vitreoretinal surgery. He also received additional training in uveitis at the National Eye Institute.  

Dr. Callanan has been principal investigator on numerous clinical trials and has been involved in ground-breaking research on new therapies for vitreoretinal conditions and new surgical techniques. He also has been involved in the development and use of long-term drug delivery devices for the eye.

Dr. Callanan is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in vitreoretinal diseases, including uveitis, diabetic retinopathy, and age-related macular degeneration.

Dr. Callanan is a member of numerous medical societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the American Uveitis Society. He has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Achievement Award and has been selected as one of the Best Doctors in America. He has authored more than 50 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Jorge A. Fortun, MD
Jorge A. Fortun, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Director, Bascom Palmer Ambulatory Surgical Center
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Miami, FL

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Jorge A. Fortun, MD, serves as assistant professor of clinical ophthalmology at The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He completed his residency and served as chief resident at The Cullen Eye Institute of the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He went on to a fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at the Emory Eye Center in Atlanta, GA, before joining the faculty at BPEI.

K. Bailey Freund MD
K. Bailey Freund, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
New York University School of Medicine
Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York
New York, NY

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K. Bailey Freund, MD is a retina specialist who practices at Vitreous–Retina–Macula Consultants of New York. He is a graduate of Williams College and the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Freund’s residency training in general ophthalmology and 2-year fellowship in medical and surgical retina were at the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital.

Dr. Freund specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and care of patients with all retinal disorders including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vascular and inflammatory diseases. He is an expert in difficult-to-diagnosis or rare conditions that have eluded other specialists.

Dr. Freund is currently on the faculty of the New York University School of Medicine as a Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology. He is also on staff at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Institute, and Lenox Hill Hospital. Dr. Freund teaches medical students, residents, and retinal fellows. He is the author of more than 130 articles in peer-reviewed ophthalmology journals, and has written numerous book chapters. Dr. Freund is also on the Editorial Board of the journal, Retina, and is an Associate Editor for Retinal Cases & Brief Reports.

Dr. Freund is a member of numerous organizations including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, The Macula Society, The Retina Society, Gass Club, and the American Society of Retina Specialists. In 2011, he received the prestigious Young Investigator Award from the Macula Society. 

Michael S. Ip, MD
Michael S. Ip, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology
Medical Director, Doheny Image Reading Center
Doheny Eye Institute
University of California - Los Angeles
Pasadena, CA

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Michael S. Ip, MD, is a professor in the department of ophthalmology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California - Los Angeles. He is a member of the Doheny Eye Institute and currently serves as the Medical Director of the Doheny Image Reading Center. Dr. Ip received his medical degree from New York University and completed his internship at Lenox Hill Hospital, both in New York, NY. He completed his residency at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pennsylvania, followed by a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at the New England Eye Center, Tufts University, in Boston, MA.

Dr. Ip’s research focuses on the design and conduct of clinical trials investigating treatments for diabetic retinopathy, AMD, and retinal venous occlusive disease. As co-director of the Fundus Photograph Reading Center, he has assisted with the collection, analysis, and dissemination of important secondary outcomes in numerous industry and NIH-funded ophthalmic clinical trials. As a clinical site investigator, he has served as the Principal Investigator on over 17 clinical trials. He has also served as the protocol chair for the clinical trial conducted by the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network (DRCR.net) comparing focal/grid photocoagulation and intravitreal triamcinolone for diabetic macular edema and as the National Principal Investigator for the Standard Care vs Corticosteroid for Retinal Vein Occlusion (SCORE) Study.

He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles, 20 book chapters, and more than 60 abstracts and has given many national and international presentations. Dr. Ip is also a reviewer for many journals, including: Ophthalmic Surgery and Lasers, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, and American Journal of Ophthalmology. In addition, he serves on a variety of committees in the American Academy of Ophthalmology, including the Ophthalmic Technology Assessment Committee and the Curriculum Development Committee (COMPASS), and is a member of the Food and Drug Administration Panel on Orphan Drug Development. Dr. Ip has been recognized with several honors, including the Senior Achievement Award and the Leadership Development Program Award, both from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Amir H. Kashani, MD, PhD
Amir H. Kashani, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Opthalmology
University of Southern California Roski Eye Institute
Los Angeles, CA

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Amir H. Kashani, MD, is a University of Southern California (USC) clinician–scientist with an active practice in both medical and surgical retinal diseases, including diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusions, age-related macular degeneration, and retinal detachments, as well as other common retinal diseases. He received his medical degree, as well as a PhD in Neuroscience, from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland. He completed his ophthalmology residency at USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute and his fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at Associated Retinal Consultants, Royal Oak, Michigan. He was awarded both the Heed and Michel's Fellowships (National Honors) during his training.

In his research practice, Dr. Kashani is developing novel diagnostic and therapeutic methods to treat retinal diseases. His current work involves the use of advanced imaging spectroscopy and optical coherence tomography methods to improve the diagnosis and treatment of retinal diseases. He is also a surgeon and specializes in the treatment of retinal detachments, epiretinal membranes, and macular holes.

Dr. Kashani is a clinical investigator for numerous clinical trials. He is principal investigator for a clinical trial to test a novel stem cell therapy for severe vision loss from advanced dry age-related macular degeneration.

Dr. Kashani has co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in the scientific literature, several subject reviews, and an ophthalmology book titled Optical Coherence Tomography and OCT Angiography: Clinical Reference and Case Studies.

Andrew A. Moshfeghi, MD, MBA
Andrew A. Moshfeghi, MD, MBA
Director, Retina Fellowship & Clinical Trials Unit
Associate Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
USC Roski Eye Institute
Keck School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

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Andrew A. Moshfeghi, MD, MBA, is Associate Professor, University of Southern California Eye Institute, and Director of the Clinical Trials Unit for the Department of Ophthalmology, Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California. He formerly was Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Medical Director, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, Florida.

Dr. Moshfeghi is a recognized expert in diseases of the vitreous, retina, and macula and a noted vitreoretinal surgeon. His research focuses on the evaluation of intraocular pharmacotherapeutics, the application of novel ophthalmic imaging techniques, and assessment of health care utilization trends. .

Aleksandra Rachitskaya, MD
Aleksandra V. Rachitskaya, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
Vitreoretinal Surgeon, Cole Eye Institute
Cleveland, OH

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Aleksandra V. Rachitskaya, MD, is Assistant Professor, Department of Ophthalmology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and is a member of the vitreoretinal faculty at Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. She earned her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, Ohio. During medical school, she spent 1 year at the National Eye Institute as a National Institutes of Health-Howard Hughes Institute Research Fellow and earned an induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. She completed her residency in ophthalmology and a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami School of Medicine, Florida. She served as faculty of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute as Chief Resident and Director of Ocular Trauma. In addition, she was the recipient of the prestigious Case Western Reserve University Young Alumni Award. 

Dr. Rachitskaya specializes in the diagnosis and management of medical and surgical retinal diseases. She is an active researcher, and is involved in numerous clinical trials, including studies on diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Rachitskaya and her colleagues at the Cole Eye Institute completed the first successful Argus II implant in the state of Ohio. 

Dr. Rachitskaya regularly publishes on her research, and she has given numerous national and international presentations on her work. She is an active member of American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and the American Society of Retina Specialists. She is on the Education Committee and is Co-Chair of the Fellows’ Foray Committee of The Vitrectomy Buckle Society. 

Carl D. Regillo, MD, FACS
Carl D. Regillo, MD, FACS
Director, Retina Service
Wills Eye Hospital
Professor of Ophthalmology
Thomas Jefferson University
Philadelphia, PA

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Carl D. Regillo, MD, FACS, is Director of the Retina Service of Wills Eye Hospital and Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He received a medical degree from Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, and completed both his ophthalmology residency and vitreoretinal fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital. He is the founder and former Director of the Wills Eye Clinical Retina Research Unit, former Chairman of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Retina Basic and Clinical Science Course, former Chairman of the Wills Eye Institutional Review Board, and prior Director of the Wills Eye Retina Fellowship.

Dr. Regillo has been an investigator on numerous major clinical trials, developing new treatments for retinal disorders such as macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. He has been a recipient of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement, Senior Achievement, and Secretariat Awards, as well as the American Society of Retina Specialists Honor and Senior Honor Awards.

Dr. Regillo has authored more than 100 publications, 20 book chapters, and 8 major books. He lectures worldwide. He has served on the scientific editorial board for the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Review of Ophthalmology, Current Opinion in Ophthalmology, Yearbook of Ophthalmology, Retinal Physician, and Retina Today. He has been listed multiple times as a retina “Top Doctor” in the Philadelphia Magazine, Philadelphia Life, Mainline Today, and South Jersey Magazine.

Michael A. Singer MD
Michael A. Singer MD
Managing Partner
Medical Center Ophthalmology Associates
Clinical Associate Professor
University of Texas Health Science Center
San Antonio, TX

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Specializing in vitreoretinal surgery, Michael A. Singer, MD, is managing partner and director of clinical trials at Medical Center Ophthalmology Associates, one of the largest, private eye care practices in South Texas. He has continued to serve as chairman of ophthalmology at Methodist Ambulatory Surgical Hospital since 1999 and is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, TX. He has been involved with designing clinical studies protocols for pharmaceutical companies and the Diabetes Research Clinical Network and is past president of the American Diabetes Association.

Dr. Singer’s honors include the American Society for Retina Specialists Honor Award, American Society for Retina Specialists Senior Honor Award, Kaiser Permanente Physician Innovation Award, and American Society of Retina Specialists Film Festival Award.

Nadia K. Waheed, MD, MPH
Nadia K. Waheed, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Director, Boston Image Reading Center
Tufts University School of Medicine
Boston, MA

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Nadia K. Waheed, MD, MPH, is Director, Boston Image Reading Center and Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Waheed received her medical degree summa cum laude from Aga Khan University Medical School and a master’s degree in public health from the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston. She completed a residency in ophthalmology and a retina fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary program. She became a faculty member at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute, followed by 1 year of international ophthalmology. She then joined Tufts Medical Center in Boston.

Dr. Waheed’s research interests include ocular imaging, diabetic eye disease, and age-related macular degeneration, as well as clinical trial design and analysis. She also has a strong interest in international ophthalmology.

Dr. Waheed has published extensively in the fields of ocular genetics and imaging. She is Retina Section Editor for Eye. She has been a reviewer for many journals, including Ophthalmology, the American Journal of Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, and Ophthalmic Surgery, Lasers and Imaging Retina.

Jeremy D. Wolfe, MD, MS
Jeremy D. Wolfe, MD, MS
Partner, Associated Retinal Consultants
Assistant Professor, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine
Royal Oak, MI

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Jeremy D. Wolfe, MD, is Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, Rochester, Michigan, and a partner at Associated Retinal Consultants, Royal Oak, Michigan. He received his medical degree from Medical College of Ohio, Toledo. During medical school, he was selected as a Howard Hughes Research Scholar at the National Eye Institute, where he conducted research on macular degeneration. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, and a 2-year fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery, Wills Eye Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Dr. Wolfe’s current research focuses on diagnostic imaging, therapies for retinal vascular diseases, and secondary intraocular lens implantation.

Dr. Wolfe is board certified and is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, American Society of Retina Specialists, and the Association in Research of Vision and Ophthalmology.

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