Officers

Fasika Woreta, MD

Fasika Woreta, MD, CHAIR

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.

 

 

Basil Williams, MD

Basil Williams, MD, Chair Elect

Basil K. Williams Jr. MD, is the Mary Knight Asbury Chair of Ocular Oncology and Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine in Cincinnati, OH. He practices pediatric ocular oncology at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and both pediatric and adult vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at the Cincinnati Eye Institute. He completed his residency, vitreoretinal fellowship and chief resident position at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. He completed an Ocular Oncology fellowship at Wills Eye Hospital. His research interests pertain to health care disparities, adult and pediatric surface and intraocular tumors, and vitreoretinal surgical topics.

Chasidy D. Singleton, MD

Chasidy D. Singleton, MD, Treasurer 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, 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.

Monique Barbour, MD

Monique Barbour, MD, AAO Councilor

I am a native of Washington, D.C. where I grew up within walking distance of Capitol Hill. I left home to attend Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh, North Carolina where I received my bachelor's degree in Pre-Medicine.   I graduated with honors from Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. and I completed a residency in Ophthalmology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y.

After residency, I completed a  Glaucoma fellowship at Georgetown University in Washington, DC and a Refractive Surgery fellowship at the world renowned Institute de Clinica Barraquer in Bogata, Columbia.    I have been  the medical director of Clear Vue Laser Eye Center, a comfortable, state-of-the-art vision care center for the past 15 years.  As a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, I am  dedicated to providing the highest quality of ophthalmic care. 

I have in fact performed thousands of microsurgical procedures including “No Stitch” cataract surgery and pterygium surgery. Dry eye syndrome is managed very aggressively under my care and may include use of Omega 3s or Restasis. I am well trained and equipped to diagnose and treat all kinds of patients including diabetics. I have both a fundus camera and an OCT in the office. In addition to the above, I do provide cosmetic and aesthetic services including treatment with BOTOX, RESTYLANE and JUVEDERM injections for facial and eyelid rejuvenation. In addition, I do perform eyelid lift surgery for improved eyelid position. 

I can be urgently consulted for ocular emergencies and injuries. Treating all patients of any age, I make an effort to connect with patients through the many languages I speak. Even though others consider me trilingual (si, hablo espanol)  I am always learning.  I  have surgical privileges at Palm Beach Outpatient Surgery Center, Riverwalk Surgical Center and South County Outpatient Surgery Center where I perform laser vision correction. 

On a personal note I reside not too far away from the office with my family.  My son Dom is now in college studying fashion marketing.  My daughter Sasha is also in college majoring in musical theater. My youngest daughter Reine is a competitive swimmer. Both of my daughters are wonderful singers.  I enjoy traveling to strange places with my family, playing the acoustic guitar and tennis. My legacy is The Smiles and Vision Foundation which I created to educate others  and treat disadvantage persons with vision related issues. 

Eydie Miller-Ellis, MD

Eydie Miller-Ellis, MD, Rabb Venable Chair

Dr. Eydie Miller-Ellis is Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Director of the Glaucoma Service at the Scheie Eye Institute, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Miller-Ellis maintains a busy clinical practice in glaucoma and has lectured nationally and internationally on glaucoma diagnosis and management. She has excelled in the area of resident education, especially surgical training, and received the 2011 Surgical Teaching Award at the Scheie Eye Institute. Her research interests include risk factors for the development and progression of glaucoma, pharmacological and surgical treatment of glaucoma, and diagnostic techniques. She has reviewed articles for the Archives of Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Journal of Glaucoma, and Retina. 

 

Dr. Miller-Ellis has served on the board of the American Glaucoma Society and Women in Ophthalmology, and was on the Scientific Committee for Prevent Blindness America. In 2014, she was named a Master Clinician at the Perelman School of Medicine. She is the current president of the Joint Commission for Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO).

Mildred M.G. Olivier, MD, BS

Mildred M.G. Olivier, MD, BS, Rabb Venable Chair

Dr. Mildred M.G. Olivier is Assistant Dean for Diversity, Global Health Chair for Chicago Medical School and Professor of Ophthalmology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science/John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Her academic work includes clinical instruction of medical students and residents in glaucoma. She is the founder and CEO of the Midwest Glaucoma Center, PC. Dr. Olivier is a member-at-large of the Board of Trustees of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Past President of Women in Ophthalmology. She serves on the Diversity Issues Committee at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). She previously served on the Advisory Council of the National Eye Institute and is an AAO delegate to the American Medical Association. 

 

Dr. Olivier has published in peer-reviewed journals and has co-authored books and book chapters. She has been conducting regular medical missions to Haiti since 1993. Dr. Olivier is frequently called upon to speak on glaucoma, healthcare disparities, and global health at national and international medical conferences.

Usi Abugo, MD

Usi Abugo, MD, NMA@AAO Chair

Assistant Professor Of Ophthalmology, Eastern Virginia Medical School

Oculoplastics Aesthetics and Facial Reconstructive Surgeon, Virginia Eye Consultants 

 

Nikisha Richards MD

Nikisha Richards MD, NMA@AAO Chair

Education

Medical School

Wayne State University

Internship

Hurley Medical Center

Residency

Howard University Hospital

Fellowship

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Clinical Interests

Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Daniel Laroche, MD

Daniel Laroche, MD, 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. 

What is Glaucoma? How can it be treated?
 
 

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

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.

Shelby R. Wilkes, MD, MBA

Shelby R. Wilkes, MD, MBA, Past Chair

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.

 

Benjeil Z. Edghill, MD

Benjeil Z. Edghill, MD, Past Chair

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.

Ninita Brown, MD PhD

Ninita Brown, MD PhD, Past 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 ahdhhaiti.org 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.

Ruth Scarborough, M.Ed.

Ruth Scarborough, M.Ed., ADMINISTRATION

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
ruthscarborough@aol.com
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