Ninita Brown, MD PhD

Ninita Brown, MD PhD, CHAIR

Thomas Eye Group

Atlanta, Georgia 

Education: After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics at Spelman College, Dr. Brown earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering at Georgia Tech. Her Medical Doctorate is from Duke University. While at Duke, she also completed a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in biomedical engineering.

Professional: Dr. Brown completed her internship at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, the county hospital affiliate of Stanford University. She then completed a residency in Ophthalmology at Howard University, in Washington, DC. She completed a glaucoma fellowship at Duke University. During her fellowship, Dr. Brown received specialized training in glaucoma treatments and surgery. She also trained Duke residents at the Durham Veterans Hospital. Dr. Brown is currently in private practice with the Thomas Eye Group serving patients in Atlanta and Newnan, Georgia.

Leadership: Dr Brown is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. She participated in AAO Leadership Developement Program in 2019 and currently works on the AAO Young Ophthalmologist Advocacy Committee. Dr. Brown is a member of the American Glaucoma Society and Atlanta Medical Society. She is currently on the board of the Georgia Society of Ophthalmology and previously served as a board member of the North Carolina Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons.

Outreach: Dr Brown began participated in multiple medical missions to India, Haiti, and Ethiopia as a Duke medical student then fellow. Most recently, Dr Brown volunteered at St Joseph Hospital in La Valee de Jacmel with to perform cataract and glaucoma surgery. Locally, Dr Brown is a board member of Prevent Blindness Georgia which funds vision screening for children and underserved adult populations throughout Georgia.

Fasika Woreta, MD

Fasika Woreta, MD, SECRETARY

Wilmer Eye Institute
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Baltimore, Maryland 

Fasika A. Woreta, M.D., is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. She specializes in corneal and external eye diseases, including cataracts, and refractive surgery. Her research interests include corneal diseases as well as ocular immunology.

Dr. Woreta received her M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and her M.P.H. degree from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Following an internship in internal medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, she completed her residency in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. She then completed a fellowship in cornea and refractive surgery at the Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami and a cataract fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, UK. Dr. Woreta returned to Wilmer to join the faculty as chief resident from July 2013 through June 2014, prior to her appointment as an assistant professor.



Usi Abugo, MD

Usi Abugo, MD, CME Chair

Assistant Professor Of Ophthalmology, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Oculoplastics Aesthetics and Facial Reconstructive Surgeon, Virginia Eye Consultants 


Benjeil Z. Edghill, MD

Benjeil Z. Edghill, MD, Past Chairman

Advantage Care Physicians

Staten Island, New York

Benjeil Z Edghill, MD is a Brooklyn native.  He attended Duke Medical School in NC, receiving the Dean's scholarship. His formal Ophthalmology residency was done at SUNY Downstate and he returned to the Duke Eye Center to complete his glaucoma and anterior segment fellowship. He has been practicing in Staten Island for the past 10 years as the only glaucoma fellowship trained ophthalmologist on the island.  He is happily married to a pediatrician and has two children.  Dr. Edghill is one of the founding members of a scholarship aimed to get more minorities into Ophthalmology and ENT residencies.

Daniel Laroche, MD

Daniel Laroche, MD, AAO Counselor, Board Member, and Past Chair

Glaucoma Specialist
President, Advanced Eyecare of New York
Dr. Daniel Laroche is a glaucoma specialist in New York, Director of Glaucoma Services and President of Advanced Eyecare of New York. He is affiliated with the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai, New York University, and Island Eye Surgical Center. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Laroche is a nationally recognized ophthalmologist as the former Chair of the Ophthalmology Section for the National Medical Association. Dr. Laroche has taken care of thousands of patients from New York, and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of glaucoma. Dr. Laroche has performed thousand of glaucoma surgeries using the latest techniques and helped broaden many young surgeons understanding of the latest in the medical, laser and surgical treatments of glaucoma.  Dr. Laroche is an expert in interventional glaucoma including trabeculectomy and glaucoma tube shunt surgery.  He is a microincisional glaucoma surgery (MIGS) innovator and instructor, and offers patients the Hydrus StentKahook Dual Blade Goniotomy, , G6 micropulse laser..  He is the innovator of the Intrascleral Ciliary Sulcus Suprachoroidal Microtube  Technique to lower intraocular pressure with improved safety.  
Dr. Laroche received his bachelor’s degree from New York University and medical doctorate with honors in research from Weil Cornell University Medical College. He underwent a medical internship at Montefiore Hospital and completed his Ophthalmology residency at Howard University Hospital in Washington DC where he was the chief resident in his 3rd year. Dr. Laroche subsequently completed his glaucoma fellowship at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary with Glaucoma Associates of New York with Robert Ritch MD and Jeffrey Liebmann MD and David Greenfield MD.
 Dr. Laroche is board certified and a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology, a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Glaucoma Society and New York Glaucoma Society. Dr. Laroche is the past, Director of the Glaucoma section of the National Medical Association Ophthalmology Section and past Chair of the Ophthalmology Section. Dr Laroche has also written many articles and lectured on glaucoma, teaching other physicians and participated in symposiums throughout the United States, and the world including the Caribbean, Europe, and Africa. 

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Joseph Coney, MD

Joseph Coney, MD, Past Chairman and Board Member

Retina Associates of Cleveland, Inc.

Cleveland, Ohio

Dr. Coney received his BS degree in biology from the University of Illinois and his MD degree from Loyola Stritch School of Medicine.  He completed his ophthalmology residency at University Hospitals/Case Western Reserve University, where he is now a Senior Clinical Instructor. Dr. Coney finished his medical retina fellowship in diabetic retinopathy at the Joslin Diabetes Clinic of Harvard Medical School in Boston, followed by a two-year vitreoretinal surgical fellowship at the Vitreo-retinal Foundation in Memphis, Tennessee.  He has served in leadership capacities for the Ohio Ophthalmological Society, the Ophthalmology Section of the National Medical Association, and the Cleveland Ophthalmological Society.

Dr. Coney has been recognized as among the top ophthalmologists in the nation by Castle Connolly, and he has been featured as a Top Doctor in Cleveland Magazine every year since 2015.  He is a Vitals Patients’ Choice Award winner and has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Doctors in America® list of top retinal specialists. He has been a clinical investigator in research studies of treatments for diabetic retinopathy, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and other vitreoretinal diseases.  Dr. Coney’s primary interests include diabetic retinopathy, AMD, traumatic eye injuries, and complex retinal surgeries including macular hole repair and macular pucker surgery.  

Clifton L. Peay, Jr., M.D., MBA, F.A.C.S.

Clifton L. Peay, Jr., M.D., MBA, F.A.C.S., Past Chair and Board Member

American Eye Center

Richmond, Virginia   

Clifton Peay MD, MBA, FACS is the founding Clinical Medical Director of the American Eye Center based in Central Virginia. Dr. Peay is in private practice in Ophthalmology with a subspecialty in diabetes, glaucoma, refractive, cataract, laser, and anterior segment surgery. He received his training in Ophthalmology from the University of Michigan. This prestigious institution is nationally recognized and ranked by the U.S. News and World Report for being one of the top ten Ophthalmology Residency Programs in ophthalmologic education. As a result, through his residency, Dr. Peay amassed the clinical and knowledge needed to treat, manage, and diagnose complex disorders of the eye.

Dr. Peay is a National Thought in Ophthalmology, who practices cutting edge technology medicine resulting in superior patient outcomes. As a physician who is Board Certified and a Fellow of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Peay upholds the tenets of medical integrity by educating patients about their diagnosis in order to produce precise results.

Regardless of the complexity, Dr. Peay ensures that excellent results are produced when interacting with his patients. He has annually organized and participated in educational forums and teachings for cataract/refractive surgery. Currently, he serves as the Ophthalmic Chair of the Roman Barnes Society of Ophthalmology and is a National Medical Association surgical ophthalmic moderator. In the past, Dr. Peay has held an Ophthalmology chair position within the National Medical Association. He’s been intricately involved with improving, lecturing and teaching other Ophthalmologists surgical outcomes and teaching other physicians how to perform and update refractive/cataract surgery.

Beyond just focusing on his training, Dr. Peay also requires his clinical staff to attend seminars and webinars to enhance their clinical proficiency to the patients of American Eye Center. This process is conducted in addition to discovering specific actions needed in order to enhance the process to make sure each patient receives compassionate care.

Throughout his career, Dr. Peay has helped to create his legacy by contributing to his specialty, other physicians’ education, as well as the patients he cares for. As a dedicated clinician and patient educator in ophthalmic health, Dr. Peay is committed to his mission.

The mission of the American Eye Center is to provide state of the art eye services in a spirit of compassion and caring. The American Eye Center recognizes that our eyesight is a most precious gift, one to be sustained and enhanced during our sojourn on this earth.

Chasidy D. Singleton, MD

Chasidy D. Singleton, MD, Financial Chair and Past Chair

Dr. Chasidy Singleton is an Honors graduate of Vanderbilt University, received her Medical Doctorate and completed ophthalmology residency at Vanderbilt.  She has remained in Nashville as a Comprehensive Ophthalmologist, where she is the medical director and chief of Ophthalmology at the city’s county hospital, Nashville General Hospital at Meharry campus.  Her passion is to eliminate disparities in eye care through her service to the indigent and underserved populations in Nashville.

Dr. Singleton is a 2013 graduate of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Leadership Development Program and was recognized for her outstanding project where she developed a website,, to increase minority student interest in ophthalmology by both fostering confidence in their abilities and teaching the appropriate work ethic necessary for pursuing a career in medicine and ophthalmology.  She continues to work with the AAO on a task force to increase workforce diversity in ophthalmology through increasing underrepresented minority student matriculation into ophthalmology residency.

Dr. Singleton maintains active membership in a number of professional societies, including the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the National Medical Association (NMA), Tennessee Academy of Ophthalmology, and the Nashville Academy of Ophthalmology. She currently serves on the AAO Council representing the NMA.  She is also the current Chair for the NMA Ophthalmology section, with responsibilities of coordinating the annual meeting, obtaining grant funding, and communicating with the membership regarding concerns of the organization.

Dr. Singleton’s clinical areas of interest and expertise include complex cataract surgery, glaucoma, and diabetic eye disease.  Her research interests include investigating ways to narrow the gap in eye health care disparities.

In her spare time, Dr. Singleton enjoys playing cello, singing, and writing music.



Carolyn is a marketing and events specialist with over 19 years in association experience. She has had the pleasure of working for the Bureau of National Affairs and the Telecom Industry Association while she resided in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area before returning to Georgia to take a position at Kellen Company. Carolyn’s association experience also includes positions with the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers and the Georgia Dental Association where she implemented educational programs for professional developments hours required for licensure. With Association Strategy Group she leads the meetings and events team overseeing the planning, execution and operations of highly complex external programs and events. While managing and coordinating multiple and concurrent projects for various clients, Carolyn organizes the pre-planning meetings, site visits, on site and post event activities, and debriefings.

She has extensive knowledge handling budgets, generating sales, and increasing membership while building brand and customer loyalty. Her communication skills, management, training, and business analysis expertise assist the team in fulfilling the needs of ASG clients. Carolyn is an accountable leader with strong organization, problem solving and collaborative experience. She prides herself on being able to produce positive results in a fast paced and demanding environment to ensure client satisfaction.


Shelby R. Wilkes, MD, MBA

Shelby R. Wilkes, MD, MBA, TREASURER

Emory University School of Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta Eye International Surgery

Atlanta, Georgia

Shelby R. WILKES, MD, MBA graduated in three years from Alcorn State University, Alcorn State, Mississippi with a B.S. degree in biology, summa cum laude, 1971. He received his M.D. degree from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore, Maryland in1975 and performed his internship-residency year in Surgery at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, in Rochester, New York in 1976, followed by his residency in ophthalmology, in the Department of Ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic, in Rochester, Minnesota in 1979.  Dr. Wilkes completed his fellowship in surgery and diseases of the retina and vitreous, Departments of Ophthalmology, Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in 1981. Dr. Wilkes is a vitreoretinal Surgeon who specializes in treating diseases and surgery of the retina and vitreous including diabetic retinopathy. He has published numerous articles in scientific ophthalmology journals and was principal investigator of the first statewide diabetic retinopathy screening study performed in the United States. 

He has given numerous presentations locally, nationally, and internationally to both professional and lay audiences on retinal diseases including surgery, including Paris, France, and Montreal, Canada.  Among Dr. Wilkes abundant civic and religious activities, he serves as a deacon at Zion Hill Baptist Church, member of the advisory board, Coles College of Business, Kennesaw State University; member of the advisory board at Capitol City Bank, and member of the Dean’s Council, Rollins School of Public Health. Professionally, he has clinical and surgical appointments to Emory University School of Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Wilkes was recently selected to serve a three-year tenure to The Alumni Council of The Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, the governing body, which has 140,000 members world-wide.


Scarlette M. Wilson, MD, MPH


Fairfax Station, Virginia

■ Graduated first in her class at the Howard University College of Pharmacy

■ Graduated Howard University College of Medicine in 1971(AOA)

■ First African American to be accepted as a resident in ophthalmology at the Univ of California San Francisco Medical Center

■ Private practice in San Francisco with a special interest in AIDS related eye diseases and complications

■ Continuing Medical Education Chair of the NMA for 12 years- Emeritus

Ruth Scarborough, M.Ed.

Ruth Scarborough, M.Ed., ADMINISTRATION

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
215 879 3008
215 879 6643 (fax)