Scientific Advisory Board
Partnering with Leaders in Glaucoma Management
Glaukos has engaged a sterling Scientific Advisory Board comprised of global leaders in glaucoma and comprehensive ophthalmology. The company collaborates with leading specialists to develop solutions that address unmet needs in glaucoma management. Glaukos continues to partner with forward-thinking clinicians to make a significant impact on the improvement of clinical outcomes and patient care.
Ike K. Ahmed, MD, is a fellowship-trained glaucoma, cataract and anterior segment surgeon with a practice focus on the surgical management of glaucoma, complex cataract, and intraocular lens complications. He is board certified in ophthalmology in Canada and the United States. Dr. Ahmed is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto and a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Utah. He is the Research Fellowship Director of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto, and is the Director of the Glaucoma and Advanced Anterior Segment Surgery (GAASS) fellowship at the University of Toronto. He has trained glaucoma specialists who are now practicing in Canada and around the world, as well as residents and medical students. Dr. Ahmed has a large tertiary glaucoma and cataract practice at Credit Valley EyeCare and Osler EyeCare in the Greater Toronto Area and primarily performs surgery at Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga, Ontario, and the Kensington Eye Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario.
Dr. Ahmed is an active member of the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS), American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), International Society of Glaucoma Surgery (ISGS), Canadian Glaucoma Society (CGS), and American Glaucoma Society (AGS).
Dr. Ahmed has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and has given over 500 scientific presentations, including 19 visiting professor’s lectures around the world. He has won five film festival awards, three Best Paper of Session awards, a poster award at ASCRS, a European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) first-place video award, and an AAO Best of Show award.
Richard A. Lewis, MD is the former director of glaucoma at the University of California, Davis. In addition to his busy clinical practice located in Sacramento, California, Dr. Lewis is actively involved in clinical research in national and international trials in anterior segment disease and glaucoma therapy. He is the past President of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (2014-15) and past President of the American Glaucoma Society (2000-02). Dr. Lewis is the medical Editor Emeritus of Glaucoma Today and on the editorial board of the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, Journal of Glaucoma, Advanced Ocular Care and Ocular Surgery News. He is co-founder of Sacramento’s Capital City Surgery Center (2003).
Dr. Lewis attended the University of California, Berkeley as an undergraduate and received his doctorate in medicine from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago in 1978. His ophthalmology training included a residency at the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of California, Davis, and a fellowship in glaucoma at the University Of Iowa Department Of Ophthalmology in Iowa City (1982-83). He is a Diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology and the National Board of Medical Examiners.
Dr. Lewis has published over ninety articles and book chapters focusing on glaucoma, ophthalmic surgery, and ophthalmic pharmacology. He is co-author of the book, Curbsides in Glaucoma. He teaches and lectures extensively on glaucoma and cataract surgery. He has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor and Senior Honor as well as the Secretariat and Life Achievement Awards for his contributions in teaching and leadership and for initiating the AAO Subspecialty Day meeting.
A native of San Francisco, Dr. Lewis lives in Sacramento with his wife; the couple has two grown children.
Thomas Samuelson, MD, specializes in glaucoma and anterior segment surgery. Dr. Samuelson received his MD degree from the University of Minnesota, his residency training from the University of South Florida, and his subspecialty training at the Wills Eye Institute, Thomas Jefferson University.
Dr. Samuelson is a Founding Partner and past Managing Partner of Minnesota Eye Consultants and an Adjunct Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota. He is a past President of the International Society of Spaeth Fellows, which is Wills Eye Hospital’s glaucoma fellows society, and a past Chairman of the Phillips Eye Institute Medical Staff.
Dr. Samuelson is board certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. He is a member of the American Glaucoma Society (AGS) and serves on its executive committee as treasurer. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the American Eye Study Club (AESC), the International Intraocular Implant Club (IIIC), and several other prestigious societies. He is the Chairman of the American Society for Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) glaucoma clinical advisory committee. He also serves on the AAO basic science board review committee and the AAO skills transfer course committee. Dr. Samuelson serves as a scientific reviewer for several ophthalmology journals. He is the Medical Director for the Kirby Puckett Education Center at the Phillips Eye Institute. He received the AAO Achievement Award in 2002 and the AAO Senior Achievement Award in 2008.
Dr. Samuelson has research interests in the medical and surgical treatment of glaucoma, particularly in the areas of exfoliation syndrome, canal-based glaucoma surgery, intraocular lenses, and the management of coincident cataract and glaucoma.
Kuldev Singh, MD is Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of the Glaucoma Service at the Stanford University Medical Center. He received his MD and MPH degrees from the Johns Hopkins University and was a Dana Foundation Fellow at the Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital. Following residency training at the Casey Eye Institute and a Heed Foundation Fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Dr. Singh joined the Stanford faculty in 1992. He has published over 300 papers, book chapters, monographs and abstracts including over 150 original peer-reviewed articles, delivered over 350 invited lectures on six continents, edited two textbooks and served on the editorial boards of ten ophthalmic publications. Dr. Singh’s current research interests include glaucoma and cataract surgical trials, epidemiology, genetics as well as health care delivery in underserved communities in the United States and overseas. He is an investigator in the National Institutes of Health funded NEI Glaucoma Human Genetics Collaboration. Dr. Singh’s clinical practice focuses on the medical, laser and surgical management of glaucoma and cataract.
Dr. Singh has served as President of the American Glaucoma Society and Executive Vice President, the chief executive position, of the World Glaucoma Association and continues to serve on the Board of Directors of both organizations. He serves on the Senior Advisory Committee of the International Society of Glaucoma Surgery. Dr. Singh is a member of the FDA Advisory Committee on Ophthalmic Devices and a consultant for the National Space Biomedical Research Institute for which he assists NASA in solving eye problems related to space travel. He received the 2015 Life Achievement Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Singh served as an Academic Advising Dean at the School of Medicine from 2002-2005 and two three year terms as an elected at-large member of the Faculty Senate from 2006-2012. He received the 2006 School of Medicine Franklin G. Ebaugh Jr. Award and was one of two recipients of the 2012 University-wide Asian American Faculty Award.
Dr. Singh is one of seven individuals and the second American to have received the World Glaucoma Association Founder’s Award, the biennially presented highest honor of the Association. In 2014, he was inducted into the Delta Omega Public Health Honor Society at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health as a distinguished alumnus. A global survey published in the April, 2014 issue of a U.K. based publication, The Ophthalmologist, ranked Dr. Singh as one of the 100 most influential individuals in ophthalmology worldwide
John Berdahl, MD, is a partner at Vance Thompson Vision in Sioux Falls, SD where he specializes in advanced Refractive, Cataract, Corneal and Glaucoma Surgery. Dr. Berdahl serves on the Vision for Mars program and started a medical device company to help treat glaucoma and other diseases caused by an imbalance between intraocular pressure and intracranial pressure. His research interests include Cerebrospinal Fluid Pressure in Glaucoma, Minimally Invasive Glaucoma Surgery, Refractive Laser Assisted Cataract Surgery (ReLACS, Intraocular Lens Design and drug delivery, and he has published numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. His commitment to those in need is demonstrated by his leadership role in EyeCare America and the numerous surgical mission trips he continues to participate in worldwide.
After graduating from Mayo Medical School, Dr. Berdahl completed his internship at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ and his residency at Duke University. He then went on the complete an anterior segment fellowship at Minnesota Eye Consultants. He has won numerous national awards including the Claes Dohlman Award from Harvard University and the Resident Writers Award. In 2013 he was named the top young physician in South Dakota and was recently name one of the Top 40 under 40 ophthalmologists worldwide in addition to the Top 40 under 40 business leaders in the Dakotas.
Robert J. Cionni, MD is the Medical Director of The Eye Institute of Utah and a world renowned authority and pioneer in the field of modern cataract surgery. Dr. Cionni has established himself at the forefront of advanced cataract surgery by pioneering numerous techniques and technologies in the field of ophthalmology. He is frequently invited to speak at national and international meetings including the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He formerly served as the President for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery from 2015-2016. He has authored numerous manuscripts, and textbook chapters that are read and viewed worldwide. He travels throughout the world teaching eye surgeons about advanced technology IOLs including those designed to reduce presbyopia and astigmatism.
Eric Donnenfeld, MD, is Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at New York University and is a member of the Board of Overseers of Dartmouth Medical School He is a founding partner of Ophthalmic Consultants of Long Island, one of the largest practices in the country.
He received his undergraduate and medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School where he was valedictorian of his class. He completed his residency in ophthalmology at Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital where he was chief resident and was a cornea and refractive fellow at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia.
In addition to his academic teaching, Dr. Donnenfeld has been an investigator for 60 FDA trials and a researcher for various industry groups. He was a principal investigator of both the excimer laser and femtosecond laser cataract surgery. He has 200 peer reviewed published articles and more than 30 book chapters and 3 books, as well as in the many invited lectures he has given. He has won best paper of session at ASCRS 14 times. He was editor-in-chief of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today from 2009-2015 and is currently the editor-in-chief of EyeWorld, the publication of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He has been on the editorial board for numerous journals in the field of ophthalmology.
Dr. Donnenfeld is the immediate past President of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons. He is a former president of the Ocular Microbiology and Immunology Group, the Nassau Surgical Society and he is the surgeon director of the Lions Eye Bank for Long Island. Dr. Donnenfeld has received four major awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology: the Honor Award, the Senior Honor Award, the Life Time Achievement Award, and the Secretariat Award.
Edward Holland, MD is the Director of Cornea Services at Cincinnati Eye Institute and Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati. He attended the Loyola-Stritch School of Medicine in Chicago and trained in Ophthalmology at the University of Minnesota. He completed a fellowship in cornea and external disease at the University of Iowa, and then completed a second fellowship in ocular immunology at the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He returned to serve as Director of Cornea and Refractive Surgery Service at the University of Minnesota. He was promoted to the position of Professor and was granted the Elias Potter Lyon Chair in Ophthalmology. He also served as President of the Minnesota Academy of Ophthalmology.
Dr. Holland formerly served as the President for the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery from 2011-2012. He was also a member of the Executive Committee and now serves as the Program Chair. Dr. Holland was a former member of the Board of Trustees for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He has also been the Secretariat of the Annual Meeting for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He was awarded the Life Achievement Honor Award at the 2012 American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting. Dr. Holland has served as the Chair of the Eye Bank Association and was the former Chair of the Medical Advisory Board for the Eye Bank Association of America. He is the past President of the Cornea Society and previously served on its Board of Directors.
Dr. Holland has been awarded the Castroviejo Award from the Cornea Society in 2013. He has also received both the Senior Achievement Award and The Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. He was awarded the Binkhorst Medal by the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery in 2008. He was a recipient of the 2002 Paton Society Award given by the Eye Bank Association of America. Among other honors, Dr. Holland has been listed in the “Best Doctors in America.” He has a national and international reputation for his knowledge and expertise in the field of cornea and external disease. He is frequently invited to attend lectures both nationally and internationally. Dr. Holland is the author of over 200 articles in peer review journals and has edited Cornea, the most widely read textbook on corneal disease and surgery.
As the Director of Cornea Services at the Cincinnati Eye Institute, Dr. Holland has attracted worldwide referrals for medical and surgical corneal problems and for stem cell transplantation. His clinical interests include Corneal Transplantation, Cataract Surgery, Ocular Surface Transplantation, and Refractive Surgery.
Richard L. Lindstrom, MD, is the founder and an Attending Surgeon at Minnesota Eye Consultants and an Adjunct Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota, Department of Ophthalmology. He is a board-certified Ophthalmologist and an internationally recognized leader in corneal, cataract, refractive and laser surgery.
Dr. Lindstrom graduated magna cum laude from the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota and subsequently completed his MD degree in 1972. He conducted research, residency and fellowship training in cornea at the University of Minnesota and its affiliated hospitals. His anterior segment surgery fellowship training was extended at Mary Shiels Hospital. Dr. Lindstrom was a Heed Fellow in Glaucoma at the University Hospital in Salt Lake City. He subsequently returned to the University of Minnesota where he spent ten years on the faculty of the Department of Ophthalmology and became a Professor and the Harold G. Scheie Research Chair. He entered private practice in 1989, and has led the growth and expansion of Minnesota Eye Consultants, serving as a Managing Partner for 15 years.
Dr. Lindstrom is the Chairman of the Vision Foundation, the Associate Director of the Minnesota Lions Eye Bank at the University of Minnesota, and the Medical Director of Precision Lens and of Refractec, Inc. He is also the Chief Medical Editor of the national and international editions of Ocular Surgery News, which reaches 82,000 Ophthalmologists worldwide. He is a member of the Board of the International Society of Refractive Surgery of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Dr. Lindstrom serves on the executive committee of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and its Foundation. He serves on the board of directors of AcuFocus, Inc., TLC Vision Corporation, TearLab , Avaiana, Alphaeon, Imprimis, Ocular Therapeutix, Encore, Iantech, Equinox, Forsight 6, Precision Lens, Visionary Nentures, Refractec, and the University of Minnesota Foundation. Dr. Lindstrom holds over 40 patents in ophthalmology and has developed several solutions, intraocular lenses and instruments that are used in clinical practices worldwide.
Dr. Lindstrom is a frequent international lecturer on cornea, cataract and refractive surgery. He has presented over 40 named lectures and keynote speeches before professional societies in the United States and around the world, including the Binkhorst, Kelman, and Castroviejo lectures in the USA , Blumenthal Memorial lecture in Jerusalem, Israel, the Benedetto Strampelli Medal Lecture in Rome, Italy, and the Albrecht von Graefe-Vorlesung Innovator’s Lecture in Nuremberg, Germany. Dr. Lindstrom serves on the editorial boards for several journals, including the Journal of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the Journal of Refractive Surgery. He is the Honorary Editor-in-Chief of the U.S. Chinese Journal of Ophthalmology. He has coedited seven books and published over 350 peer-reviewed journal articles and 60 book chapters.
Dr. Lindstrom’s list of professional affiliations is extensive. He has received numerous awards for distinguished service from national and international ophthalmology associations, including the Lans Award, Barraquer Award, two Lifetime Achievement Awards from the International Society of Refractive Surgery of which he was the first recipient in October 1995, the Binkhorst Lecture Award from ASCRS, and the Bausch & Lomb Lifetime Achievement Award.
Kerry D. Solomon, MD, is a cataract, LASIK and advanced vision correction specialist at Carolina Eyecare Physicians; director of the Carolina Eyecare Research Institute; Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and is the 2016 President of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ASCRS). He was Professor of ophthalmology at the Medical University of South Carolina where he practiced for 17 years. He held several key positions at MUSC, including Director of cataract, refractive and cornea services at Storm Eye Institute, Medical Director of the Magill Vision Center, and Director of the Magill Research Center. Additionally, he was the initial recipient of the Arturo and Holly Melosi chair which he held from 2007 until he left MUSC to become a partner at Carolina Eyecare Physicians in 2009.
Dr. Solomon completed his fellowship in cataract and refractive surgery and corneal tranplantation at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to his fellowship, he completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky and an internship in medicine at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. In addition, Dr. Solomon completed a fellowship in ophthalmic pathology at the University of Utah Health Sciences Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. He received both his doctorate in medicine and bachelor degree from the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont.
In addition to his local clinical practice and administrative duties, Dr. Solomon is active in multiple ophthalmic organizations. He is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is a member of the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons. He holds memberships in a number of professional and scientific societies and is actively involved on a national and international basis with many of these societies. He is a fellow with the American Academy of Ophthalmology where he has served on several committees. In May he will be inducted as the 2016 president of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). ASCRS is an international society of more than 9,000 members whose primary focus is to support and promote advancements in ophthalmic surgery and to deliver high quality eye care. Additionally, Dr. Solomon serves on the executive board for the American and European Society for Ophthalmic Surgery (ACEOS), is an active member of the Society for Excellence in Eyecare (SEE), and is involved with the South Carolina Medical Association, Charleston Ophthalmological Society, South Carolina Society of Ophthalmology and the Charleston County Medical Society.
Over his 24 years of practicing medicine, Dr. Solomon has achieved status among the country’s best ophthalmic surgeons. He was one of the first in the country to perform laser-assisted cataract surgery, implant multifocal and astigmatic correcting lenses, and to perform topography-guided LASIK. He has received dozens of awards, including the Lee Nordan Refractive Surgeon of the Year Award, an award given to the surgeon who has had the greatest impact in the field, by Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today. He has been ranked in the top 1% of ophthalmic surgeons nationwide in US News and World report. He has been ranked as one of ‘America’s Best Doctors’ annually for cataract and refractive surgery since 2003. He has also been voted in the Top Fifty Opinion Leaders in Ophthalmology in the world by his peers since the inception of this award in 2005. He routinely speaks at both national and international meetings and hospitals and to date has presented more than 600 lectures and live surgical demonstrations worldwide.
In addition to speaking globally, he has written over 170 publications including book chapters, book reviews, monographs and magazine articles, and produced more than 30 surgical videos. He has received awards for many of his videos which are used as teaching tools throughout the world. Finally, Dr. Solomon’s work has been recognized by multiple popular magazines and newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Money, The Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post, The Saturday Evening Post, Redbook and Reader’s Digest. He has also been featured on The Today Show, ABC World News Tonight and in television specials such as PBS’s “Cataract Surgery” as part of the ‘Healthy Body, Healthy Mind’ series, which aired across the United States and in over 140 countries.