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K. Bailey Freund

K. Bailey Freund, MD

Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology
NYU School of Medicine
Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York

K. Bailey Freund, MD, specializes in all retinal disorders including macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and retinal vascular diseases and is an expert in difficult-to-diagnose and rare conditions. He has initiated and conducted many clinical trials for treatments for retinal diseases. Dr. Freund is a clinical professor of ophthalmology at New York University School of Medicine, a senior partner at Vitreous Retina Macula Consultants of New York. and an attending surgeon at Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital and New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Freund is a member of the Retina Society, Macula Society, and the American Society of Retina Specialists. He is on the editorial board of the journal Retina and is an associate editor for Retinal Cases & Brief Reports. He has authored over 250 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and has written numerous book chapters. He has received numerous awards including the prestigious Young Investigator Award from the Macula Society. He is a graduate of Williams College and the New York University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in general ophthalmology and fellowship in medical and surgical retina at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital. Dr. Freund is also a prominent collector of vintage magic apparatus.

Financial disclosure: I have/had an affiliation (financial or otherwise) with a commercial organization.

  1. Heidelberg Engineering
  2. ThromboGeneics
  3. Optos
  4. Optovue
  5. Genentech
  6. Ohr Pharmaceuticals

Sunir Garg

Sunir Garg, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, The Retina Service of Wills Eye Hospital, Thomas Jefferson University

Dr. Sunir Garg received both his Bachelor of Science with Honors and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of Michigan. He also completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Michigan where he was appointed co-chief resident. He attended Wills Eye Hospital for his retina fellowship and became an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Garg then returned to Philadelphia to join the staff of Wills Eye Hospital.

Dr. Garg is board certified in Ophthalmology and is currently associate professor of ophthalmology at Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Garg is a Fellow of both the American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Ophthalmology, and is an active member of the Retina Society, the Macula Society, the American Society of Retina Specialists, and the American Uveitis Society. He is president of the Greater Philadelphia Ophthalmic Society and is secretary of the Metro Philadelphia American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Garg serves as principal investigator on several major national and international clinical trials, and has authored or co-authored more than 70 peer-reviewed papers, is the editor of one textbook and co-editor of two others, and has authored numerous papers and book chapters.

Financial disclosure: I have/had an affiliation (financial or otherwise) with a commercial organization.

  1. Genentech
  2. Regeneron
  3. Thrombogenics
  4. J&J
  5. Xoma
  6. Aldeyra
  7. Allergan
  8. Deciphera
  9. Santen

Mary Lou Jackson

Mary Lou Jackson, MD

Director of Vision Rehabilitation
University of British Columbia

Dr. Mary Lou Jackson is an ophthalmologist and current director of Vision Rehabilitation at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Prior to this, she was director of Vision Rehabilitation at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in the Harvard Department of Ophthalmology. She is the past chair of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Vision Rehabilitation Committee. Current research interests include Charles Bonnet Syndrome and outcomes of comprehensive vision rehabilitation.

Financial disclosure: I have/had an affiliation (financial or otherwise) with a commercial organization.

  1. Readers Digest Partners for Sight
  2. Ocata
  3. Novartis
  4. CNIB

Gaurav K. Shah

Gaurav K. Shah, MD

Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
The Retina Institute

Dr. Gaurav Shah completed medical school at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine in Chicago. He traveled to Santa Clara, California for an internship at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, and was a resident at the University of Minnesota, Department of Ophthalmology for 3 years. His 2 years of fellowship were spent at the renowned Wills Eye Hospital under the direction of Dr. William Benson. Dr. Shah came to The Retina Institute in the summer of 1999, where he not only sees patients in the office, but is also the director of the Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship Program, and participates in grand rounds and various lecture forums. He was voted Ophthalmology Clinical Teacher of the Year for 2001-02.

Dr. Shah has published over 128 articles in ophthalmologic peer-reviewed journals, along with 10 book chapters. He has been involved in over 44 clinical trials since 1999. Dr. Shah has presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Retina Specialist, the Macula Society, the Retina Society, the Canadian Ophthalmology Society, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology annual meeting and is a member as well. He has also lectured on various topics at several meetings both inside and outside the United States including Asia, South America and Europe. Dr. Shah is a faculty member with Orbis.

Dr. Shah has received numerous awards, including the Heed Foundation award, Vitreous Society Honor Award and most recently, the American Academy of Ophthalmology Senior Achievement Award. He is currently an investigator in 9 clinical trials dealing with Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Uveitis and AIDS. He serves as a reviewer for Archives of American Journal of Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology and Ophthalmic Surgery, Ophthalmology and Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology and is also an examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology.

In 2012, Dr. Shah was a physician with Orbis.

Financial disclosure: I do not have any affiliation (financial or otherwise) with a commercial organization.

Alexander Walsh

Alexander Walsh, MD

Dr. Alexander Walsh holds an engineering degree from Stanford University and a medical degree from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital and a retina fellowship at the Doheny Eye Institute at USC. He was a faculty member at Doheny and USC from 2004 until 2012 during which time his research focused on optical coherence tomography and software and hardware systems in the field of diagnostic imaging. Dr. Walsh is now a member of the Retina Vitreous Associates Medical Group in Los Angeles and runs a startup company that is building an instrument to automate the entire eye exam and provide comprehensive, affordable, accurate eye care to people around the world.

Financial disclosure: I have/had an affiliation (financial or otherwise) with a commercial organization: Envision Diagnostics.