Editorial Board

Editors

Brian M DeBroff

Yale University School of Medicine
USA View Profile

Research Interest:
Ophthalmology

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Dr. DeBroff specializes in cataract and IOL implant surgery. He has particular clinical and research interest in congenital, pediatric developmental, and traumatic cataracts, and multifocal IOL implants. He served as director of cataract and IOL implant surgery at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at the Yale University School of Medicine from 1999. 2006 and is now an Associate Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at Yale University. He is now Chief of Ophthalmology at Yale New Haven Hospital/Bridgeport and Chief of cataract/laser surgery at the West Haven Veterans Hospital. He is the managing partner at Eye Surgery Associates LLC in Stratford and New Haven, Connecticut. He received his B.S. and M.D. degrees from Tufts University where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and received the Sandoz Award for academic excellence. He completed his residency at the Eye and Ear Institute of the University of Pittsburgh and an anterior segment fellowship at the Gimbel Eye Centre in Calgary, Canada. In 2000, Dr. DeBroff completed a Yale Executive Management Program. Dr. DeBroff has played an active role in the Yale Ophthalmology residency program since 1994 and was presented with the teaching award by the residents in 1998, and served as Residency Program Director and Vice Chairman of the Yale Eye Center. He has over 60 publications including two books, eight book chapters and has lectured nationally and internationally. He serves on the Committee of Applicants for the American College of Surgeons and is on the Cataract Advisory Council for Alcon, Inc and is a consultant for Advanced Medical Optics, Inc. He was recently inducted into the prestigious International Implant Club (IIIC), and has been featured on CNN, NPR, and most recently ESPN for his sports related research in clinical Ophthalmology.
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James Benjamin Martel

California Northstate University
USA View Profile

Research Interest:
Teleophthalmology; Teleanalytics; Ophthalmology; Trauma; Emergency Medicine; Critical Care

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Dr. James Martel is an associate Dean of Graduate Medical Education and Clinical Professor at California Northstate University College of Medicine, as well as the Medical Director of Martel Eye Medical Group. He is a board certified ophthalmologist that provides on call ophthalmology services for five hospitals in the Sacramento area, including two trauma centers. He is graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1981 and completed his Master of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health in the same year. Following his internship at Beth Israel Hospital, he completed his Johns Hopkins ophthalmology residency at the renowned Wilmer Eye Institute. He is now shifting his focus towards integrating new technologies into his practice, to maximize efficiency and improve patient care. He established a fellowship in teleanalytics and is currently implementing a teleophthalmology program into a 57 hospital system.
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Peter Douglas Van Patten

Essentia Virginia Clini
USA View Profile

Research Interest:
Novel methods; compositions involving Cox-2 inhibition; aspirin (or active derivative)

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George Asimellis

Kentucky College of Optometry
USA View Profile

Research Interest:
Fundamental and applied optics; Visual optics; Optics of contact lenses; Light-matter interaction; Imaging; Diagnostic instrumentation; keratectasia screening by OCT; Confocal microscopy; Scheimpflug imaging; Placido topography; Novel Point-source corneal imaging applications; Customized stromal collagen cross-linking including new sources for photo-excitation; pioneering refractive corneal modeling; Investigation

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George Asimellis, PhD, serves as Associate Professor of Optics at the Kentucky College of Optometry, Pikeville, KY. He is in charge of development and coordination of the Geometric Optics and Vision Science Courses and development of the Laser Surgical Procedures Course.In the past, he served as Research Department Head at LaserVision.gr Institute, Athens, Greece, as faculty at the Physics Department, Aristotle University, Greece, Medical School, Democritus University, Greece, and the Electrical Engineering Department, George Mason University, VA. He has investigated optical signal processing and pattern recognition techniques (PhD, Tufts University, MA), and Optical Coherence Tomography (Fellowship, Harvard University, MA). He has worked on research and development of optoelectronic devices in a number in research centers in the USA. He is credited with more than 75 peer-reviewed original research publications, has authored eight university-level books in optics and optical imaging, and has a large number of presentations at international conferences and meetings. He is on the Editorial board in 8 Peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Refractive Surgery, serving as Associate Editor. He received the 2017 Emerging Vision Scientist Award by the National Alliance for Eye and Vision Research. His research interests include optoelectronic devices, anterior-segment (corneal and epithelial) imaging, keratoconus screening, ocular optics and ophthalmological lasers. His recent contributions involve publications in clinical in-vivo epithelial imaging and cross-linking interventions.
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Francesco Carones

Carones Ophthalmology Center
Italy View Profile

Research Interest:
Anterior Segment Surgery; Corneal Endothelium; Refractive Surgery; Corneal Topography

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Francesco Carones was born in Italy in 1963. He graduated in 1988 at the University of Milan, Italy, where he attended the Department of Ophthalmology as resident. In 1992 he took a clinical training period focused on refractive surgery at Emory University, Atlanta GA, USA. Formerly he was Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Refractive Surgery at the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, S. Raffaele Hospital, University of Milan, Italy. Now in private practice, Dr. Carones is co-founder and Medical Director of the Carones Ophthalmology Center in Milan, Italy where he performs cataract and refractive surgery. He is involved in refractive surgery since 1989, when he started pioneering the use of excimer laser. He participated at several clinical trials, including the first human study on hyperopia correction using erodible masks. He explored the application of mitomycin C after laser surgery. He was among the first to have access to the tracker-assisted flying-spot ablation technology and to propose LASEK. Currently he is clinical investigator for a major surgical company. His refractive surgery practice also involves phakic IOLs, intracorneal ring segments, lens surgery, and refractive keratotomy. He published many papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals, books and book chapters on refractive surgery and corneal topography. His research activities lead him to lecture and present at major meetings on refractive surgery worldwide, including AAO, ASCRS, ESCRS and ISRS. He is member of the most important Editorial Board of Journals of Ophthalmology and he currently serves as Board Member of several national and international Ophthalmology Societies.
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Fouad Sayegh

University Of Jordan
Amman View Profile

Research Interest:
ophthalmology

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Chieh-Chih Tsai

National Yang-Ming University
Taiwan View Profile

Research Interest:
Thyroid eye disease; Ocular adnexal and eyelid tumors; Reconstructive surgery of eyelid and orbit; Ophthalmic plastic surgery; Disorder of lacrimal drainage system

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Costas Karabatsas

Laser Vision gr Eye & Research Institute
Greece View Profile

Research Interest:
Corneal diseases; Corneal transplantation; Keratoconus; Clinical trials; Evaluation of new drugs and medical devices in glaucoma

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Prof. Costas Karabatsas, MD, DMed, MRCOphth, FEBO, FRCS is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and a practicing Consultant Eye Surgeon, cornea, refractive and glaucoma specialist at LaserVision.gr Eye & Research Institute in Athens, Greece. He gained his ophthalmology training and his clinical corneal fellowship (1991-1997) within the Department of Ophthalmology, Bristol Eye Hospital, UK, where he has also served as a Clinical Lecturer. He was awarded a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Bristol in 1997, for his thesis on management of post-keratoplasty astigmatism with the use of computerized topography. He subsequently completed a refractive surgery-LASIK mini Fellowship at University of Crete. He served as Ass. Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology, Larissa University Hospital (1999-2007), acting as the Head of Anterior Segment Surgery and Glaucoma Unit. In addition to his clinical role, he is active in research and teaching activities. He has published as a principal investigator over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers, chapters and books. He has delivered more than 300 lectures, both nationally and internationally. He is a member of International AAO, ESCRS and EGS, and is also an active member of the Executive Board of the Greek College of Ophthalmology, a member of the Board of Directors at Democritus Hellenic Eye Bank, and the General Secretary of the Hellenic Cornea Society. He is on the editorial boards of several national and international ophthalmic journals. He is also a reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.
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Vassilios Kozobolis

Democritus University of Thrace
Greece View Profile

Research Interest:
Glaucoma; Cataract; Refractive Surgery; PKP

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Vassilios P Kozobolis Graduated from the Medical School, University of Messina, Italy (excellent with honors). Specialty in Ophthalmology at the Hippokrateion Hospital of Athens. PhD on Exfoliation Syndrome and Exfoliation Glaucoma in the University of Crete, Medical School (excellent with honors).His Education and subspecialties: University of Crete, Greece, Wellington Hospital, London U.K, University Hospital of Verona, Italy, University Hospital “JULE GONIN” of Lausanne, Switzerland. He specializes in various surgical techniques in anterior segment (cataract, glaucoma, refractive surgery, penetrating keratoplasty). He is Elected Professor of Ophthalmology in the Democritus University of Thrace, Medical School in Alexandroupolis, Greece and head of the Department of Ophthalmology. In 2004 he founded the Eye Institute of Thrace (E.I.T.) focused on Glaucoma, Refractive Surgery and basic sciences. In 2005 he patented (European Patent Office) a new device in Ophthalmology, the intraocular tonometer. In 2007 he founded the Eye Bank and Corneal Transplantation Center in the University Hospital of Alexandroupolis. In 2004 he founded the Glaucoma Laser Eye Center of Athens, a private diagnostic ophthalmological center. He is Author and co-author of more than 100 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and reviewer in several journals in Europe and USA. Author in several chapters in ophthalmological books.
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Narendra Kumar

Janakpuri, New Delhi
India View Profile

Research Interest:
A GP corneal or scleral contact lens with increased mass on its superior portion so as to be effective in the management of Ptosis; An effective strategy for slowing down myopic progression in school-going children.

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Since my childhood, I had indulged in trying my hand on article and story writing, but letter writing became a passion. And it was in 1970 that following the inability of our professional organization, Indian Optometric Association, to continue with the publication of its quarterly journal due to financial crunch, I along with my friend, Optom. Kaushik K Bhatt, decided to bring out a quarterly journal of our own, as a challenge that (i) given the right effort nothing should be impossible and (ii) there was and is genuine need of an informational medium for primary eye care professionals. Optometry Today did face teething trouble and I (Kaushik having withdrawn) had to put in real hard work doing everything from typing, proof reading, envelope addressing, billing and correspondence etc. single-handedly, but unsolicited testimonials brought about with the publication of every single issue were a constant means of joy and moral support. Having served as Refractionist in the Eye Department of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi for thirty years (1962-1992 in morning time) and putting in the remaining time to do odd jobs for my passion of writing, drenched my energy, but the strong will power kept me going on and on. I had joined Sir Ganga Ram Hospital with my Diploma in Optometry qualification, and while working there studied for and earned Degree in Ayurvedic Medicine (KSDS University, Darbhanga) and Post-Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation (All India Institute of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Mumbai) qualifications. Nearing 75, I now look after refraction, contact lenses and eyewear at my ophthalmologist son’s OphthaCare Eye Centre in evenings, and continue to work for Optometry Today during day time, and am happy to say that consistent efforts have pad back well in that the quarterly RNI-registered journal has now become self-supporting and is also paying for monthly salaries of three subordinates including one hard-of-hearing employee. Above all, the observation of the internationally-acclaimed optometric educator late Professor Henry W. Hofstetter: “Optometry Today is the most informative periodical in all aspects of optometry in India” provides me the satisfaction of doing something worthwhile for fellow eye care professionals. I’m also a maker of Ptosis Spectacles (to lift drooping upper lid/s), Fabric Occluder (for use in orthoptic patching exercises), and Ear Plugs (to muffle sound in noisy surroundings).
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