Chasidy D. Singleton, MD, 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, www.peyeoneers.com, 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.
Benjeil Z. Edghill, MD, CHAIR-ELECT
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.
Ninita Brown, MD, CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION CHAIR
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. Over the past two years, 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. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
Atif B.D. Collins, MD, SECRETARY
The Permanente Medical Group, Inc.
Northern California Region
Dr. Collins is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley; where he majored in human physiology and integrative biology. He pursued research in amphibian decline and endocrine disruptors, publishing a landmark paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences as an undergraduate.
He continued research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the laboratory of endocrinology and matriculated into Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. He was awarded the American Association of Medical Colleges, Arnold P. Gold Humanism award as a graduating senior. During medical school he completed the prestigious Intramural Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholars Program at the National Eye Institute in Bethesda Maryland where he studied mechanisms of ocular inflammation.
After training at Case Western Reserve University and residency, he completed a two-year fellowship in Oculoplastics and Orbital diseases at the Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Dr. Collins has published numerous papers and book chapters in his related field. Currently he is a journal reviewer for Dermatologic Surgery and Case Reports in Ophthalmology and The American Academy of Ophthalmology Ophthalmic Technology Assessments (OTA’s). As an invited speaker and physician instructor at national and regional meetings, he was voted to the America’s Best Ophthalmologist list in 2012. He was a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Leadership Development Program for 2015.
As Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology and Plastic Surgery at Case Western Reserve University he was the Interim Director of Oculoplastics and Neuro-ophthalmology. A member of the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital Craniofacial team, he directed the Oculoplastics clinic at the Louis Stokes Veterans Hospital in Cleveland.
Dr. Collins’ research and clinical interests include pediatric and adult orbital and eyelid reconstruction from congenital and acquired abnormalities.
He joined Permanente Medical Group in August 2015 as the Oculoplastics specialist for the Fresno, California sub-region.
Dr. Collins enjoys outdoor activities, international travel with his family, and Architecture and Cinema.
Shelby R. Wilkes, MD, MBA, TREASURER
Shelby R. Wilkes, MD, MBA
Assistant Clinical Professor
Departments of Ophthalmology & Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta Eye International Surgery
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.
Chester Pryor, MD, PARLIAMENTARIAN
Organized the initial pre-convention Ophthalmology workshop in 1971 in the City of Philadelphia.
It is through his vision, dedication and fortitude that we now enjoy our current status as leaders in training, Continuing Medical Education, and mentorship through the Ophthalmology Section of the National Medical Association.
Scarlette M. Wilson, MD, MPH, CHAIR CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION - Emeritus
National Medical Association
Fairfax Station, Virginia
Ruth Scarborough, M.Ed., ADMINISTRATION
215 879 3008
215 879 6643 (fax)