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2024 Keynote Speakers 

It is our honour to have these world-renowned experts share their experience with our delegation.

Cataract | Cataracte

Ashvin Agarwal, MD - Chennai, India  

Dr Ashvin Agarwal, is a Cataract, Cornea, Refractive surgeon with a special focus towards handling complex and challenging cases at the Dr. Agarwal's Eye Hospital, Chennai. ​He holds the position of Chief of Clinical Services and is also associated with ISRS, AAO one network in many ways.​His online web series of World Webinar on Cataract and Refractive surgery & Rising Stars in Ophthalmology are something to lookout for.​ He is a recipient of the ASCRS Golden Apple Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of ophthalmology​ and the AAO Secretariat Award for exceptional contributions to ophthalmology and the Academy.​ 


Elizabeth Yeu, MD - Virginia, USA 


Dr. Yeu is the current President of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS, 2023-4). She is a partner at Virginia Eye Consultants, having joined in 2013, and also serves as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA. Dr. Yeu is fellowship-trained in Cornea, Anterior Segment and Refractive surgery from the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA (2007–8), where she served as an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology (2008-13).   

Dr. Yeu has authored hundreds of publications and has similarly delivered hundreds of invited lectures, internationally recognized in her expert areas of refractive cataract surgery, complex lens-based surgeries, and ocular surface disease management. Dr. Yeu currently serves as the Chief Medical Advisor for Tarsus Pharmaceuticals.  


Cornea | Cornée 

Shahzad Mian, MD - Michigan, USA 

Dr. Shahzad I. Mian, a Professor at the University of Michigan's Kellogg Eye Center for over 21 years, currently serves as the interim Chair and Director. With a background in leadership roles, including Vice-Chair and Residency Program Director, he has received several awards, such as the Bergstrom Faculty Teaching Award and the Straatsma Award for Excellence in resident education. In 2019, he was honored with the Paton Award for his contributions to cornea surgery. Dr. Mian is actively involved in various boards and advisory roles, focusing on cornea, cataract, and refractive surgery in his clinical practice, and researching corneal transplantation techniques, ocular graft versus host disease, and eye banking. 


Jennifer Li, MD - California, USA 

Jennifer Li, MD, is a Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of California, Davis in Sacramento, California. Dr. Li received her medical degree and completed her residency at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and subsequently completed a fellowship in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery at UC Davis. She is currently the Director of the Cornea and External Disease Service and the Fellowship Director at UC Davis.  Dr. Li is the current Chair of the Eye Bank Association of America (EBAA) after having served as Chair-Elect for the previous 2 years. In addition to her work in eye banking, Dr. Li also serves of the on the Board of Directors of the Cornea Society and the Pan-American Ophthalmology Association, and is a senior editor for the Corneal Journal. In 2021, Dr. Li was awarded the R. Townley Paton Award — the EBAA’s highest honor for corneal physicians.   


Equity, Diversity and Inclusion l Équité, diversité et inclusion 

Sara Lisa Richardson, MD, MA, FRCPC - Toronto, Canada 

Dr. Lisa Richardson practises General Internal Medicine at the Toronto General Hospital and is the Associate Dean, Inclusion and Diversity, at the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine. She is an education researcher at the Wilson Centre with a scholarly focus on how to integrate Indigenous and critical perspectives from the social sciences into medical education.   Dr Richardson is the Strategic Lead in Indigenous Health for Women's College Hospital where she founded Ganawishkadawe – The Centre for Wise Practices in Indigenous Health. She is on Council of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and co-chairs the Royal College’s Indigenous Health Committee. Lisa is also a founding executive member of the National Consortium for Indigenous Medical Education and belongs to the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada. 


Glaucoma | Glaucome 

Sayoko “Sy” E. Moroi, MD, PhD - Columbus OH, USA

Dr. Sayoko Moroi, MD, PhD, is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Dept. of Pathology. She completed her internship at Duke University Medical Center, ophthalmology residency at Duke Eye Center, and clinical glaucoma fellowship at the University of Michigan. As a clinician-scientist, she received the first NEI K08 at the University of Michigan, and has been involved in numerous NIH/NEI, NIA, NSF grants, foundation grants, and industry-sponsored FDA glaucoma trials. Returning to the University of Michigan after 25 years, she now serves as the first female chair in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Dr. Moroi's diverse research portfolio includes genetics, glaucoma, cataract outcomes, precision medicine for eye health, technology and vision enhancement, vision health's impact on mobility and cognitive function, and women’s health. 


Gustavo De Moraes, MD, PhD - NY, USA 

Gustavo De Moraes, MD, PhD, MPH is an Associate Professor at the Department of Ophthalmology at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and Attending Physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital. He sees patients at all levels of glaucoma complexity and his primary research interests are in novel techniques for glaucoma diagnosis and treatment. He has a master’s in public health with main focus on epidemiology and biostatistics and a PhD in biostatistics applied to imaging modalities in ophthalmology. Based on his research, he has been ranked among the top 10 glaucoma experts worldwide. 


Neuro-ophthalmology | Neuro-ophtalmologie 

John Chen, MD - Minnesota, USA 

Dr. Chen, a University of Virginia graduate with MD/PhD degrees, completed Ophthalmology residency and Neuro-Ophthalmology fellowship at the University of Iowa. He joined Mayo Clinic in 2014, currently serving as a Consultant, Professor of Ophthalmology and Neurology, and Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship Director. Dr. Chen has received numerous awards, including the AAO Achievement Award, and is actively involved in various ophthalmology organizations. With over 200 publications and NIH RO1 funding, he focuses on ophthalmic imaging, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, and optic neuritis, particularly NMOSD and MOG antibody-associated disease.


Oculplastics | Oculoplastie 

Naresh Joshi, DO FRCOphth - London, UK 

Naresh Joshi, a consultant oculoplastic surgeon practices in London, UK. He is an honorary consultant at the Chelsea and Westminster hospital NHS trust, Imperial College London, practising at the Cromwell hospital London. He is a founder member, and ex-president of the British Ophthalmic Plastic Surgical Society (BOPSS). He is the UK representative on the executive board of ESOPRS. He is founder and current chair of WSOPRAS. 


Ophthalmic Pathology | Pathologie oculaire 

Tatyana Milman, MD - Philidelphia, USA 

Dr. Tatyana Milman, MD, is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Pathology at Thomas Jefferson University and Wills Eye Hospital. Certified by the American Boards of Ophthalmology and Pathology, her research focuses on clinical-pathologic correlations in ophthalmic pathology and resident education. With over 100 published articles and contributions to key volumes, she serves as a lead author for Cancer Protocols on Uveal Melanoma and Retinoblastoma. Recognized with Certificates of Appreciation and a Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Dr. Milman is also a recipient of multiple Ophthalmology Resident Teaching awards. She is a member of prestigious ophthalmic societies and holds the position of Vice President at the American Association of Ophthalmic Oncologists and Pathologists.  


Pediatrics | Pédiatrie 

Kenneth Wright, MD - California, USA 

Dr. Wright, a dedicated physician with 30+ years of experience specializing in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, is an internationally recognized eye muscle surgeon. In 2001, he founded the Wright Foundation, focusing on research, education, and clinical care for children's eye health. His illustrious career includes positions at USC School of Medicine, Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, and The Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Wright, also an Adjunct Professor at Queen’s University, Canada, operates in Beverly Hills and Torrance. He has conducted global surgical missions, earning recognition from the President of Panama. Dr. Wright's contributions include 90+ research papers, bestselling textbooks, and transformative publications in premature infant care. A sought-after speaker, he has given 100+ lectures worldwide, showcasing his dedication to eye health.  


Public Health and Global Ophthalmology | Santé publique et ophtalmologie mondiale 

Professor Matthew Burton, PhD, MA, MBBCh, DTM&H, MRCP, FRCOphth, FMedSci - London, UK 

Professor Matthew Burton, Director of the International Centre for Eye Health (ICEH) and Professor of Global Eye Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, leads a team dedicated to improving eye health in low and middle-income countries. With a medical background from the University of Cambridge, he joined ICEH in 2000, conducting groundbreaking research on trachoma. As co-chair of the Lancet Global Health Commission on Global Eye Health, Prof. Burton advocates for a world without avoidable vision loss. A former Director of the Commonwealth Eye Health Consortium, he's a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital, elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Science in 2022. 


Sheila West, PhD - Maryland, USA 

Sheila West, Professor at Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins, and former Vice Chair for Research, is a pioneer in public health ophthalmology, focusing on trachoma. Her work informed the World Health Organization's trachoma control strategy. Renowned for integrating population science into ophthalmology, Dr. West discovered the link between nuclear cataract and smoking. She addressed eye health disparities, including differences in cataract and macular degeneration prevalence among populations. Notably, she studied diabetic retinopathy in Latinx populations and identified glaucoma as a leading cause of blindness. Dr. West has received numerous awards, including from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Helen Keller Foundation. 


Retina | Rétine 

Judy Kim, MD - Milwaukee Wisconsin USA

Judy E. Kim, MD, is a renowned vitreoretinal specialist and leader in ophthalmology, currently holding the Jean and Tom Walter Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology, Vice Chair of Education, and Medical Director of Clinical Research at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. A trailblazer, she immigrated from S. Korea at age 11, achieving numerous "firsts" in ophthalmology, including being the first Korean-American on the Board of Trustee of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the second woman president of the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS). Dr. Kim has held leadership roles in major ophthalmology organizations, received prestigious awards, and is consistently recognized in lists of top doctors globally. With over 200 publications and 400 presentations, she actively contributes to diabetic retinopathy and other retinal disease research.


Jason Hsu, MD - Philadelphia USA 

Jason Hsu is Co-Director of Retina Research at the Retina Service of Wills Eye Hospital, Professor of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University, and a partner at Mid Atlantic Retina. He completed his residency at the University of Pennsylvania followed by his vitreoretinal surgery fellowship at Wills Eye.  

 Dr. Hsu has authored over 180 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters as well as being co-editor of The Pocket Guide to Medical Retina. He is an associate editor for Retinal Cases and Brief Reports and an editorial board member for Retina Today and Retina Specialist. Dr. Hsu serves as section editor for Current Opinion in Ophthalmology as well as the American Society of Retina Specialists’ (ASRS) Retina Times. Dr. Hsu has received the ASRS Honor Award, Senior Honor Award, and Presidential Honor Award as well as the AAO Achievement Award and Secretariat Award. 


Uveitis | Uvéite 

Francesco Pichi, MD - Abu Dhabi, UAE 

Francesco Pichi has served as consultant of retina and uveitis in Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi for 7 years, and as Ophthalmology Residency Program director for 3 years. He is Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Case Western Reserve University and has over 150 peer-reviewed publications. He has authored 12 chapters in various textbooks and published a book on “Complications in uveitis”. He was awarded for the best paper and best poster presentation at American Academy of Ophthalmology 2015 and 2017 and at International Ocular Inflammatory Society in 2019, and also received the International Ophthalmology Educational Award (2016), the International Scholar Award (2018), the Achievement Award (2018) and the Lifelong Education award (2023) from AAO.  


Comprehensive Vision Rehabilitation | Réadaptation visuelle 

Saqib Shaikh - Washington, D.C., USA 

At Microsoft, Saqib Shaikh leads teams of engineers to blend emerging technologies with natural user experiences to empower people with disabilities to achieve more - and thus to create a more inclusive world for all. Seeing AI is a visual companion which enables someone who is blind to hold up their phone, and hear more about who, and what, is around them. It has been recognized with several awards from industry and government and called "life changing" by users. Shaikh speaks at events around the world, from schools and community centers to sports stadiums and to heads of state. He holds a BSc in Computer Science (graduating top of his class), and an MSc in Artificial Intelligence. 


Women in Ophthalmology l Les femmes en ophtalmologie  

Mamta Gautam, MD, MBA, FRCPC, CCPE, CPE - Ontario, Canada 

Mamta Gautam, MD, MBA, FRCPC, CPDC, CCPE, CPE, is a globally renowned psychiatrist, certified coach, and author, recognized as "The Doctor’s Doctor." Focused on Physician Well-being since 1990, she's a trailblazer in the field, holding leadership roles in national medical organizations. Dr. Gautam expanded her work into Leadership Development, addressing system-level factors affecting healthcare workers. Founder of PEAK MD, she delivers presentations, consults globally, and coaches senior medical leaders. Committed to diversity in medicine, she leads Momentum and founded The Raft, an online platform for women physicians. Recognized with prestigious awards, including the CMA Physician Misericordia Award (2011) and the AFMC Wellness Award (2023), she holds Distinguished Fellowships in Canadian and American Psychiatric Associations.