Meet the Winners

Last update: May 31, 2017

Up Close and Personal with 2009 Award Winners

Justis Ehlers, MD

Since 2010, I have been on faculty at the Cleveland Clinic Cole Eye Institute and currently serve as the Norman C. and Donna L. Harbert Endowed Chair for Ophthalmic Research. I am on the AAO Ophthalmic Technology Assessment committee, the AAO retina knowledge base panel, and the British Journal of Ophthalmology Editorial Board. I am currently a member of the Retina Society, Macula Society and the American Society of Retina Specialists.

My research laboratory focuses on translational intraoperative optical coherence tomography (OCT) technology and advanced image analysis platforms. We have a particular focus on microscope integrated OCT systems, OCT-compatible surgical instruments, pathology-specific software algorithms, and automated angiographic analysis. I also participate as principal investigator on numerous clinical trials. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and two children.

Tushar Ranchod, MD

I am a partner at Bay Area Retina Associates in the San Francisco Bay Area. I continue to teach residents at CPMC and mentor them on research projects. In the last year, I have taken over organizing the annual ASRS Business of Retina meeting, which continues to grow rapidly as the business and logistical aspects of clinical practice expand in complexity and scope. I continue to enjoy my editor duties at the journal RETINA, and I also continue to engage with the technical, clinical and business aspects of early stage diagnostic imaging technologies.

Chirag Shah, MD, MPH

I am practicing at Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston and am an assistant professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. I am honored to be the Co-Director of the Tufts/OCB Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship. One of the most enjoyable facets of my position is to train our four outstanding surgical fellows, who regularly teach me more than I teach them. At any given time, I am actively involved as a sub-investigator in at least a dozen clinical trials; I am currently the principal investigator on several of them. I serve as Editor of the Clinical Trials Section of Retina Times. I value my position as a Deputy Editor of the Academy’s O.N.E. Network, which educates ophthalmologists worldwide. I was recently awarded the ASRS’s Senior Honor Award and the Academy’s Achievement Award. When I am not working, I value my time with my wife and two children. Despite our busy individual schedules, we always make our nightly family dinner a priority.

Steve Yeh, MD

I am currently M. Louise Simpson Endowed Chair/ Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Emory Eye Center and Faculty Fellow at the Emory Global Health Institute specializing in uveitis and vitreoretinal surgery. I am currently serving on the Executive Committee of the American Uveitis Society and hold memberships within the Macula Society, Retina Society, and American Society of Retina Specialists. My clinical practice is focused on uveitis, retinal vascular disease, macular disease and retinal detachment repair.

My primary research interests within infectious uveitis include management of Ebola virus associated eye disease and studying emerging infectious diseases with collaborators in the United States and in Sierra Leone. Our Quiet Eye West Africa project has focused on eye care for Ebola survivors in West Africa and hopes to address disparities in retina and uveitis care in resource-limited settings. At Emory, we are studying the outcomes of syphilitic retinitis and herpetic viral retinitis/ acute retinal necrosis. Within noninfectious uveitis, we are focusing on systemic and local immunotherapeutics including novel drug delivery platforms for adult and pediatric uveitis.

My personal interests outside of work include spending time with my wife and three boys in their plethora of activities including swimming, tennis, basketball, and sushi.

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