Richard Spaide, MD
A trailblazer in retinal diseases, Dr. Richard Spaide has pioneered numerous "firsts" in the field, notably the development of autofluorescence imaging using a fundus camera and groundbreaking techniques in optical coherence tomography. These innovations are now globally recognized and employed. With a repertoire of surgical instruments named after him and holding patents for ophthalmic inventions, Dr. Spaide's contributions are vast and impactful. His accolades encompass prestigious awards like the Richard and Hilda Rosenthal Foundation Award, the Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retinal Surgeons, and the revered Roger H. Johnson Macular Degeneration Award. As the top author in retinal research, his seminal article "Retinal Vascular Layers Imaged by Fluorescein Angiography" stands out as the most cited in the past decade. Serving on numerous medical boards and editorial roles, including his current position as Associate Editor of the journal Retina, Dr. Spaide's dedication to advancing ophthalmology is unparalleled. His foundational training from Muhlenberg College, Jefferson Medical College, and esteemed fellowships reinforce his standing as a leading voice in retina and eye care.
Ronald Frenkel, MD
A cornerstone of the Retina & Eye community, Dr. Ronald Frenkel founded the East Florida Eye Institute in 1989 and has been instrumental in advancing ophthalmological care on the Treasure Coast. Specializing in conditions such as Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy, and Macular Degeneration, Dr. Frenkel's commitment to excellence ensures patients receive cutting-edge care. A former professor at the prestigious Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, his achievements include the Distinguished Alumni Award from Kresge Eye Institute and the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Achievement Award. With distinguished training, including a Glaucoma Fellowship at Harvard, Dr. Frenkel's contributions to the field, both as a speaker and a researcher in over 90 clinical trials, position him as a luminary in retina and eye care.
Michael W. Stewart, MD
Dr. Michael W. Stewart stands as a beacon of expertise in the realm of ophthalmology, with a particular focus on retinal detachment, diabetic retinopathy, and macular degeneration. Serving as the Chair of Ophthalmology in Florida, Dr. Stewart is deeply involved in pioneering research and treatment methodologies. His association with the Mayo Clinic further underscores his commitment to excellence and innovation in eye care.
Dr. Stewart's rich educational background, including fellowships at the University of California, Davis, and the Retina Research Foundation, equips him with a profound understanding of vitreoretinal diseases. He has been recognized with prestigious awards, such as the Nataraja Pillai Orator Award and the President's Award from the Florida Society of Ophthalmology, reflecting his dedication to the field. His active involvement as a Board Member of the International Council on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs in Ophthalmology and his role as Secretary of Education for the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology showcase his leadership and commitment to shaping the future of ophthalmology.
Lee Jampol, MD
With over five decades of unwavering dedication to ophthalmology, Dr. Lee Jampol stands as a testament to excellence and innovation in eye care. Currently practicing at Northwestern Medical Group and affiliated with the renowned Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL, Dr. Jampol's vast experience spans both clinical and academic realms.
A proud alumnus of Yale University, where he completed both his medical degree and residency, Dr. Jampol's foundation in ophthalmology is rooted in world-class education and training. His commitment to advancing the field is further evidenced by his numerous accolades, including recognition as a Regional Top Doctor by Castle Connolly and receiving the Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Beyond his clinical expertise, Dr. Jampol is deeply involved in the academic sphere, nurturing the next generation of ophthalmologists and contributing to the broader knowledge base of the field. His legacy in ophthalmology is not just built on his exceptional patient care but also on his enduring commitment to education, research, and the broader medical community.
Charles C. Wykoff, MD, PhD
Dr. Charles C. Wykoff is a distinguished figure in the world of ophthalmology, seamlessly blending clinical expertise with a passion for research and innovation. As the Director of Research at Retina Consultants of Texas and Chairman of Research for Retina Consultants of America, he is at the forefront of groundbreaking studies and advancements in retinal care.
Dr. Wykoff's illustrious educational journey includes esteemed institutions like Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, where he completed his retinal fellowship and residency. His relentless pursuit of knowledge has led to the development of novel instruments for vitrectomy surgery, aiming to refine surgical procedures and address challenges in the field.
With an unwavering commitment to improving outcomes for blinding diseases, Dr. Wykoff has published over 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts, contributing significantly to the global understanding of retinal disorders. His affiliations with organizations like the Vit-Buckle Society, where he serves as the President, and his roles on the ASRS Board of Directors and the Ophthalmology Retina Editorial Board, further cement his position as a leader in retina and eye care.
A visionary and a scholar, Dr. Wykoff's dedication to translational research, coupled with his clinical acumen, positions him as a beacon of excellence in the ever-evolving landscape of ophthalmology.
Daneila Ferrera, MD, PhD
Dr. Daniela Ferrera is a luminary in ophthalmology, merging her deep-rooted South American heritage with global advancements in eye care. A proud graduate of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one of South America's leading institutions, Dr. Ferrera's medical journey reflects a blend of dedication, innovation, and passion.
With a foundation in macromolecular metabolism research during her medical school years, she has continually pushed the boundaries of knowledge. Her Master's Degree focused on the electrophysiology of chromatic vision, and her subsequent PhD in Visual Sciences delved into multimodal imaging on retinal dystrophy, showcasing her commitment to understanding the intricacies of the human eye.
In 2006, Dr. Ferrera transitioned to the United States, undertaking a research fellowship in Medical Retina at the Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital affiliated with New York University. Since then, her expertise in multimodal imaging analysis for clinical trials on retinal diseases has been instrumental in shaping the field. Currently, as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Tufts University School of Medicine, she collaborates closely with the Optical Coherence Tomography Team, bridging the gap between retina specialists and the innovative Research Laboratory of Electronics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
A beacon of inspiration and knowledge, Dr. Ferrera's career is a testament to her dedication to both basic research and clinical challenges, making her a pivotal figure in the global ophthalmology community.
Steven Vold, MD
A board-certified ophthalmologist with over 24 years of experience, Dr. Steven Vold is a recognized innovator in the field. Based in Northwest Arkansas, he specializes in complex glaucoma, cataract diagnosis and treatment, and pioneering laser vision correction techniques. He is known for his dedication to patient satisfaction and his consistent presence in the Consumer’s Research Council of America’s Guide to America’s Top Ophthalmologists since 2002.
Dr. Vold's professional contributions are significant. He is the Chief Medical Editor of Glaucoma Today and co-founder of the American-European Congress of Ophthalmic Surgery. A prolific contributor to the field, he has co-founded medical device company Ocunetics, Inc., and played pivotal roles in the creation and implementation of numerous innovative products in the market. Dr. Vold’s achievements are punctuated by being the first surgeon in the U.S. to perform multiple advanced eye surgeries, solidifying his reputation as a trailblazer.
Skilled in a wide array of treatments, he excels in laser retina surgery, refractive and cataract surgeries, and a host of other eye procedures. His commitment to pushing boundaries has seen him introduce treatments like SMILE laser treatment in Arkansas.
A recipient of multiple accolades including the American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award and various "first surgeon" distinctions, Dr. Vold continues to be a prominent figure in ophthalmic circles, both for his surgical expertise and his commitment to advancing the field.
Dr. Vold serves at Washington Regional Medical, Mercy Hospital, and Northwest Medical Center.
ALL STAR FACULTY
At the forefront of ophthalmic research and innovation, the esteemed faculty of the Retina & Eye 2024 CME Conference represents a diverse group of professionals, each with a unique blend of experience, expertise, and passion. Committed to advancing the field of ophthalmology, these luminaries come together to share their latest findings, groundbreaking techniques, and insights into the future of eye care. Their dedication to excellence and their shared vision for a brighter, clearer tomorrow places them at the pinnacle of eye care professionals worldwide
In the coming days, we will be announcing the addition of more faculty members to our distinguished group.