Up Close and Personal with 1991 Award Winners
Dr. Robert Avery received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University and took his ophthalmology training there at Wilmer. He completed a vitreoretinal fellowship at Duke under Drs. Robert Machemer, Brooks McCuen, and Gene de Juan. He returned to Johns Hopkins as Assistant Chief of Service and later went on to found California Retina Consultants and California Retina Research Foundation.
Dr. Avery has been the principal investigator for dozens of national clinical trials at California Retinal Consultants and California Retina Research Foundation. He is the co-editor of Retina Today, and has published over 65 peer reviewed articles on retinal diseases, including pivotal ones pioneering the clinical use of anti-VEGF agents.
On a personal level, Dr. Avery enjoys traveling with his family, and his 4 children have been seen at many retina meetings. He races sailboats at the Santa Barbara Yacht Club, and enjoys sailing with his family.
Dr. Kuppermann is the Roger F. Steinert Professor, Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology, and Director of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Kuppermann completed his PhD in neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology and his medical degree at the University of Miami in Florida. He was an intern at LA County/University of Southern California Medical Center and a resident at the University of Southern California/Doheny Eye Institute. He completed retina fellowships as a Heed Fellow at St Joseph Medical Center in Baltimore and as a Michels Fellow at the UC San Diego. He has been at UC Irvine since fellowship.
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