Ninita Brown, MD PhD, CHAIR
Thomas Eye Group
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.
Garvin Davis, MD, Chair-Elect
Dr. Davis is the director of retina service and surgery at the Cizik Eye Clinic. He joined the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth in 2009, after spending five years at University of Texas Medical Branch.
He grew up in Louisiana and earned an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1998, he graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he also earned a master’s degree in public health.
Dr. Davis completed his residency at the Wills Eye Hospital at Jefferson University in 2002 and his fellowship in vitreoretinal disease and surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in 2004.
At the Cizik Eye Clinic, Dr. Davis can combine his passions for patient care and medical technology application. He was involved, for example, in surgically implanting the first FDA-approved retinal implant to restore some sight for a patient with genetic vision loss.
He has also served as the president of the Houston chapter of the National Medical Association, an organization dedicated to promoting physicians and patients of African descent.
His patients commonly praise his engaging and personable manner.
Fasika Woreta, MD, SECRETARY
Wilmer Eye Institute
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
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, CME Co-Chair
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.
Daniel Laroche, MD, AAO Councilor and Past Chair
President, Advanced Eyecare of New York
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Chasidy D. Singleton, MD, AAO Representative 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.
Joseph Coney, MD, Past Chairman and Board Member
Retina Associates of Cleveland, Inc.
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.
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.
Shelby R. Wilkes, MD, MBA, Past Chair
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.
Clifton L. Peay, Jr., M.D., MBA, F.A.C.S., Past Chair and Board Member
American Eye Center
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.
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, 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.
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