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Philip J. Ferrone
Daniel F. Martin
H. Richard McDonald
SriniVas R. Sadda

Fiona Costello
Andy Crichton
Mary Lou Jackson
Ian M. MacDonald
Olga Ziouzina


Philip J. Ferrone, MD

Philip J. Ferrone, MD

Partner, Long Island Vitreoretinal Consultants
Attending, North Shore University Hospital - LI Jewish Medical Center
Assistant Professor Columbia University
Great Neck, NY

Dr. Ferrone earned his Bachelors of Science from Union College magna cum laude and received his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School cum laude with special honors. He completed an internship at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Massachusetts and his residency at Duke University Medical Center. He subsequently completed a fellowship in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at Associated Retinal Consultants in Royal Oak, MI.

Dr. Ferrone is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, NYS Ophthalmological Society, Retina Society, ASRS, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology. Dr. Ferrone is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Columbia University.

He has expertise in adult, as well as pediatric retinal disease, and he has authored many scientific articles as well as textbook chapters on retinal disease. Dr. Ferrone received a Senior Honor Award for his contributions to the ASRS and a Senior Achievement Award from the AAO.

Daniel F. Martin, MD

Daniel F. Martin, MD

Barbara and A. Malachi Mixon III Institute Chair in Ophthalmology
Chairman, Cole Eye Institute
Cleveland Clinic

Dr. Martin is chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute and holds the Barbara and A. Malachi Mixon III Institute Chair in Ophthalmology. Dr. Martin completed medical school at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine followed by residency and chief residency in ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in vitreoretinal surgery and diseases at Duke University Eye Center followed by a two-year fellowship in uveitis and ocular immunology at the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Martin has been involved in the design, development, and execution of many clinical trials having served as principal investigator for many studies including AREDS, SOCA, and numerous AMD and diabetes trials. In addition, he has served on numerous clinical trial committees including multiple data and safety monitoring boards and steering committees. Finally, he has served as the study chairman for seven national randomized clinical trials.

Dr. Martin was extensively involved in the development of the ganciclovir implant and later valganciclovir for the treatment of CMV retinitis and led the clinical trials that resulted in FDA approval of both of these drugs. Dr Martin currently serves as the Study Chairman for the Comparison of AMD Treatments Trials (CATT), an NIH sponsored study evaluating the comparative safety and efficacy of Lucentis and Avastin for the treatment of neovascular AMD.

He has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and has delivered more than 230 invited lectures. Dr. Martin has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Senior Honor Award and Secretariat Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Pyron Award and Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists, the Rosenthal Award from the Macula Society, and the Cless Medal. Dr Martin serves on the Board of Governors for the Cleveland Clinic.

H. Richard McDonald, MD

H. Richard McDonald, MD

Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Vitreoretinal Fellowship Program
California Pacific Medical Center
San Francisco

Dr. McDonald is currently Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Vitreoretinal Fellowship Program at California Pacific Medical Center, San Francisco. He is also Director of the San Francisco Retina Foundation.

Dr. McDonald received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of California, San Francisco. He completed a fellowship in diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

In 1985, Dr. McDonald went into private practice and is the senior partner at West Coast Retina Medical Group, a group of seven retina specialists based throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. He has published over 200 journal articles and chapters in the peer-reviewed ophthalmic literature. He has given over 400 presentations and conducted over 65 courses. He has given five named lectures.

Dr. McDonald is currently involved in numerous national clinical trials and is a member of many societies including The Macula Society, The Retina Society, The American Society of Retina Specialists, and the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has received both the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award and Senior Honor Award. Dr. McDonald has served on the Executive Committee of the Macula Society and was been Program Chairman from 2003-2005. Dr. McDonald is one of the founders of the Pacific Retina Club.

Dr. McDonald has served as the Editor of the Diagnostic and Therapeutic Challenges Section of the journal RETINA for over 20 years and reviews manuscripts for a variety of clinical and investigative ophthalmology journals.

SriniVas R. Sadda, MD

SriniVas R. Sadda, MD

Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

Dr. Sadda is Director of the Medical Retina Unit, Ophthalmic Imaging Unit, and Doheny Image Reading Center at the USC Doheny Eye Institute. He received his Bachelor of Science in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of Michigan where he graduated with Honors and Highest Distinction, and was elected into Phi Beta Kappa. He went on to receive his Medical Degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and was elected into the medical honorary society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Following internship at the William Beaumont Hospital, he completed his ophthalmology residency, neuro-ophthalmology fellowship, and retina fellowship training at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins. He subsequently joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins as Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology before being recruited to the University of Southern California, where he has served on the faculty for the past 9 years.

Dr. Sadda has received numerous awards including the Senior Honor Award from the American Society of Retina Specialists, Secretariat and Achievement Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Zumberge Research and Innovation Award, and the Estelle Doheny Living Tribute Award. He has also been the recipient of multiple research grants from the National Institutes of Health, and has also received competitive Research Awards from Research to Prevent Blindness, Foundation Fighting Blindness, and the Foundation for Retinal Research.

Dr. Sadda is considered by his peers to be a world expert in macular diseases and retinal imaging and diagnostics, and has been selected by his peers as one of the Best Doctors in America. He has given over 70 visiting professorships or invited lectures, over 200 scientific presentations, and has published well over 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles. Dr. Sadda is also the Editor of the electronic edition of RETINA, the chief textbook in his field. He also holds leadership positions in many scholarly societies, currently serving on the Executive Committee of the Macula Society.

His clinical interests include macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vascular occlusions, inherited retinal degenerations, and other maculopathies. His research interests include advanced retinal imaging technologies, image processing algorithms, image analysis and grading, retinal electrophysiology, retinal stem cell transplantation, and artificial vision devices.


Fiona Costello

Fiona Costello, MD

Associate Professor
Departments of Clinical Neurosciences and Surgery
University of Calgary
Clinician Scientist
Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Dr. Costello completed medical school (1995) and neurology residency training (2000) at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and then embarked on a clinical fellowship in Neuro-Ophthalmology at the University of Iowa from 2000-2002. Her fellowship training was supported in part by an E.A. Baker Scholarship she received from the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Before relocating to Calgary, she worked at the University of Ottawa from 2002-2007. In Calgary, she runs a busy clinical practice as a neuro-ophthalmologist, serving the needs of patients with disorders involving the visual system and the brain. Dr. Costello's area of research is in using the eye as a model for brain disorders including multiple sclerosis, brain tumors, and Parkinson's disease.

Andy Crichton

Andy Crichton, MD, FRCSC

Clinical Professor of Surgery
Division of Ophthalmology
University of Calgary

Dr. Crichton is a clinical professor of ophthalmology at the University of Calgary. After graduating from medical school at the University of British Columbia, he did his ophthalmology residency in Toronto and his glaucoma fellowship in Vancouver with Dr. Stephen Drance and Dr. Gordon Douglas. Past president of the Canadian Glaucoma Society, Dr. Crichton has also assumed multiple roles such as: secretary of the Canadian Ophthalmic Society, president of the Ophthalmology Society of Alberta, council member of the Commanderie de Bordeaux of Calgary and father of two. Dr. Crichton is interested in virtually all aspects of glaucoma.

Mary Lou Jackson

Mary Lou Jackson, MD

Director of Vision Rehabilitation
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Harvard Dept. of Ophthalmology
Victoria BC

Dr. Jackson is an ophthalmologist with specific interest in vision rehabilitation. She has practised in Victoria, BC and is current Director of Vision Rehabilitation at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in the Harvard Department of Ophthalmology. She is past chair of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Vision Rehabilitation Committee and has authored the current AAO Preferred Practice Pattern guideline on Vision Rehabilitation. She is current chair of the CNIB National Research Committee and a member of the National Board. Her research interests include outcomes of comprehensive vision rehabilitation, contrast sensitivity and Charles Bonnet visual hallucinations.

Ian M. MacDonald

Ian M. MacDonald MSc, MD CM

Ian MacDonald is professor and chair of the department of ophthalmology, University of Alberta and Edmonton zone chief of the ophthalmology program of Alberta Health Services. Dr. MacDonald completed residency training in family medicine at McGill University, ophthalmology residency training at the University of Ottawa and clinical genetics fellowship training at the University of Ottawa, Queen's University, Kingston and the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto. He currently serves on the editorial board of Survey of Ophthalmology and the American Journal of Ophthalmology for genetics.

His abiding area of research interest is inherited retinal disorders, in particular, maculopathies and choroideremia. In 2009, in recognition of his work in Canada to foster the development of academic ophthalmology, he was elected to as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

Research support: Choroideremia Research Foundation, Canada; Foundation Fighting Blindness, Canada, Canadian Institutes for Health Research

Olga Ziouzina

Olga Ziouzina, MD

Clinical Lecturer, Department of Medicine
University of Calgary, Calgary AB