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Spokesperson Biographies

The National Eye Institute spokespersons are available to provide expert opinion, comment, and analysis on a broad range of topics on eye health and vision research. Reporters and members of the media may schedule an interview with one of our spokespersons by calling 301-496-5248 or sending an email to neinews@nei.nih.gov.

National Eye Institute

Rachel J. Bishop, M.D., M.P.H.
Rachel J. Bishop, M.D., M.P.H.
General ophthalmology; Ocular graft-versus-host disease
Brian P. Brooks, M.D., Ph.D.
Brian P. Brooks, M.D., Ph.D.
Pediatric ophthalmology; Genetics
Emily Y. Chew, M.D.
Emily Y. Chew, M.D.
Retinal diseases; Age-related macular degeneration; Diabetic retinopathy; Nutrition and vision
Manuel B. Datiles III, M.D.
Manuel B. Datiles III, M.D.
Cataract development, prevention, treatment; Lens imaging/monitoring systems, implantation
Frederick L. Ferris III, M.D.
Frederick L. Ferris III, M.D.
Retinal diseases; Age-related macular degeneration; Diabetic retinopathy; Clinical trials
George A. McKie, D.V.M., Ph.D.
George A. McKie, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Corneal Diseases; Ocular Infection; Inflammation; Immunology
Lisa A. Neuhold, Ph.D.
Lisa A. Neuhold, Ph.D.
Retinal neuroscience; Retinal development; Molecular genetics
Robert B. Nussenblatt, M.D., M.P.H.
Robert B. Nussenblatt, M.D., M.P.H.
Mechanisms and treatments of ocular inflammation (uveitis); Ocular immunology; Ocular complications of AIDS; Cytomegalovirus retinitis
Eleanor Schron, Ph.D., R.N.
Eleanor Schron, Ph.D., R.N.
Collaborative Clinical Research; Evaluation, development, and management of Phase II and III clinical trials
Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D.
Paul A. Sieving, M.D., Ph.D.
Retina; Retinitis pigmentosa; X-linked retinoschisis; Stargardt disease; Leber congenital amaurosis
Michael A. Steinmetz, Ph.D.
Michael A. Steinmetz, Ph.D.
Neuroscience; Visual processing; visual system circuitry
Anand Swaroop, Ph.D.
Anand Swaroop, Ph.D.
Regulation of gene expression in the retina; Genetics and disease mechanisms underlying inherited retinal and macular diseases
Susan Vitale, Ph.D., M.H.S.
Susan Vitale, Ph.D., M.H.S.
Epidemiology of ocular diseases and vision disorders; Myopia; Vision health services research
Wei Li, Ph.D.
Wei Li, Ph.D.
Basic research; Retinal neurophysiology; Retinal cell structure and circuitry
Cheri L. Wiggs, Ph.D.
Cheri L. Wiggs, Ph.D.
Behavioral science; Psychological science; Cognitive neuroscience; Low vision
Wai T. Wong, M.D., Ph.D.
Wai T. Wong, M.D., Ph.D.
Ophthalmology; Retina; Age-related macular degeneration; Diabetic eye diseases
Jerome R. Wujek, Ph.D.
Jerome R. Wujek, Ph.D.
Small business grants; Research resources
Wadih Zein, M.D.
Wadih Zein, M.D.
Ophthalmology; Pediatric ophthalmology; Adult strabismus; Ophthalmic genetics and visual function

National Eye Health Education Program

Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D.
Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D.
Ophthalmology; Research; Corneal surgery; Ocular infectious diseases
Neyal J. Ammary-Risch, M.P.H., MCHES
Neyal J. Ammary-Risch, M.P.H., MCHES
Public health education/health promotion; Health communication; Community outreach; Healthy literacy; Cultural competency
Anne L. Coleman, M.D., Ph.D.
Anne L. Coleman, M.D., Ph.D.
Ophthalmology; Research; Glaucoma; Public Health
Robert A. Copeland, Jr., M.D.
Robert A. Copeland, Jr., M.D.
Ophthalmology; Corneal and External Diseases; Uveitis
Hanna Rodriguez Coleman, M.D.
Hanna Rodriguez Coleman, M.D.
Ophthalmology; Retinal diseases; Diabetic macular edema; Age-related macular degeneration
Mary Lou Jackson, M.D.
Mary Lou Jackson, M.D.
Ophthalmology; Vision Rehabilitation
Judy E. Kim, M.D.
Judy E. Kim, M.D.
Ophthalmology; Vitreoretinal diseases and surgery; Diabetic eye disease; Age-related macular degeneration
Suber S. Huang, M.D., M.B.A.
Suber S. Huang, M.D., M.B.A.
Ophthalmology; Retina; Diabetic Eye Disease
Jullia A. Rosdahl, M.D., Ph.D.
Jullia A. Rosdahl, M.D., Ph.D.
Ophthalmology; Glaucoma; Patient education
James C. Tsai, M.D., M.B.A., M.A. (Hon)
James C. Tsai, M.D., M.B.A.
Ophthalmology; Glaucoma; Research
Mark E. Wilkinson, O.D.
Mark E. Wilkinson, O.D.
Optometry; Low Vision; Vision Rehabilitation
Last Reviewed: 
February 2016