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Surgeon: Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D

Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., the Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, director of the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and holder of the Kathleen and Stanley J. Glaser Chair in Ophthalmology, is known for his clinical expertise and research in eye diseases, corneal surgery and ocular microbiology.

Physician, surgeon, professor and researcher, Dr. Alfonso is an internationally known expert on ocular infectious diseases and he is the medical director of Bascom Palmer’s Ocular Microbiology Laboratory. In 2006, he documented an increase in the incidence of an aggressive form of fungal corneal infection that was related to soft contact lens use. His findings drew considerable media attention throughout the world and significantly reduced the number of new infections.

Born in Cuba, Dr. Alfonso grew up in Puerto Rico before moving to the U.S. to attend college. He received a Bachelor of Science degree (Summa Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from Harvard Medical School: and medical degree from Yale University School of Medicine. He first joined Bascom Palmer in 1981 as an ophthalmology resident. Following his three-year residency, he completed fellowships at Harvard Medical School: a corneal and external disease fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary ; ophthalmic pathology at the David G. Cogan Eye Pathology Laboratory ; and a research fellowship at the Howe Laboratory at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard University School of Medicine. A board-certified ophthalmologist, he joined the Bascom Palmer faculty in 1986 as assistant professor and became professor of ophthalmology and the Edward W.D. Norton Professor in Ophthalmology in 1998.

An experienced medical academic leader, Dr. Alfonso received the “American Academy of Ophthalmology Honor Award in 1993 and Senior Achievement Award in 2003. He serves on the editorial board of U.S. and international ophthalmology journals, has authored more than 200 articles for scientific publication, and has been guest lecturer nationally and internationally.

His research interests include bacterial and fungal sensitivity; and the development and clinical applications of keratoprosthesis, an artificial cornea, which has significant potential for patients awaiting transplants in developing nations where donor tissue is often scarce. In addition, with a team of investigators from the University of Miami, he is spearheading ways to make rapid identification of sight threatening eye infections. Clinically, Dr. Alfonso specializes in corneal transplants having performed over 1,000 of these in adults and children.

Dr. Alfonso was appointed as interim chairman of Bascom Palmer in November 2007 and became chairman in June 2009 with the objective of propelling the internationally acclaimed institution to even greater heights by becoming the world leader in the clinical practice of ophthalmology, ophthalmic education and vision research.

He has served as president of the Miami Ophthalmological Society, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Alumni Association, Sociedad Iberoamericana de Cornea y Cirugia Refractiva, director of Cuban Ophthalmological Society in Exile, Pan American Association of Ophthalmology, and secretary of Continuing Education in Ophthalmology, Inc., and The Ophthalmology Research Foundation, Inc. He has also served as vice chair of the University of Miami Medical Group, medical director of Anne Bates Leach Eye Hosptial and vice chair of its Board of Governors. He is the recipient of the South Florida Business Journal 2008 CEO of the Year award and, in 2009, was inducted into the University of Miami’s most presitgious honor society, Iron Arrow Honor Society.

Surgeon: Jesse Richman, M.D.

Cherry Hill, Wilmington

Jesse Richman, M.D. is a board certified surgeon who specializes in the surgical and medical treatment of glaucoma and cataracts. Dr. Richman obtained his undergraduate pre-medical education at Penn State University in State College, PA, graduating cum laude. He then enrolled at Jefferson Medical College, where he earned his M.D. degree. After performing his transitional internship at Frankford Torresdale Hospital in Philadelphia, PA, Dr. Richman completed a three-year residency in Ophthalmology at Brown University in Providence, RI, where he was awarded the William Tsiaras Research Award and was appointed Chief Resident of Ophthalmology. He then completed a Glaucoma Fellowship at the Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia, PA. Dr. Richman continues to lecture and teach the residents at Wills Eye’s Glaucoma Service.

Dr. Richman has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and authored chapters in ophthalmic textbooks. He has presented his top-notch research at several major Ophthalmic assemblies including the American Glaucoma Society, the World Glaucoma Conference, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.

In addition, Dr. Richman, has patented a novel diagnostic test for the detection and management of glaucoma, named the Spaeth-Richman Contrast Sensitivity Test. He was the first ophthalmologist to implant the iStent trabecular micro bypass in the state of Delaware and has designed a single-step toric marker to aid in the reduction of astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery. Dr. Richman is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and American Glaucoma Society. Dr. Richman provides treatment at our Cherry Hill, NJ and Wilmington, DE surgical centers.

Surgeon: Dr. Pavel STODULKA, PhD - CV

Major investigation interest: corneal healing after LASIK and laser cataract surgery

Design of surgical instrument and IOL: Stodulka's capsular and zonular scissors. Manufactured by Storz, Germany. Stodulka's stenopeic disk IOL. Manufactured by Morcher, Germany.

1989 Medical Faculty of Palacky University, Olomouc, Czech Republic
1992 certification of the I. gr. in general ophthalmology
1992 licence to practice general ophthalmology in the Czech Republic
1996 certification of the II. gr. in general ophthalmology
2000 PhD in ophthalmology at Medical Faculty of Charles University in Hradec Kralove.
Research topic: LASIK.

Professional positions:
1989 - 1995 ophthalmologist at the hospital
1995 - 2002 vicehead of the eye department at the Bata Hospital in Zlin, Czech Republic
2002 - 2008 head of the eye department at the Bata Hospital in Zlin, Czech Republic
2008 - present head & CEO of Gemini Eye Clinics, Czech Republic

Industry advisory board: 2015 Kemin Pharma European Advisory Board

Professional societies memberships:
ESCSR - European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons
ASCRS – American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery
CSRKCH - Czech Society of Refractive and Cataract Surgery - member of the board
COS - Czech Ophthalmological Society
CGS - Czech Glaucoma Society

Major surgical interests:

  1. laser vision correction – over 15 000 procedures. The first LASIK surgeon in the Czech Republic back in February 1995.
  2. laser assisted cataract surgery – the first in the Czech Republic, over 5 000 procedures since February 2012

Surgeon: Geoff Whitehouse, M.D.

Dr Geoff Whitehouse graduated from the University of Sydney and completed his ophthalmology training at the Sydney Eye Hospital and Royal North Shore Hospital. His final year of specialist training with Dr Michael Lawless (past president of the International Society of Refractive Surgery (ISRS)) and Dr Chris Rogers gave him extensive experience in cataract, corneal and refractive surgery (including experience with the first EXCIMER laser in Australia ). He then undertook further subspecialty training in paediatric ophthalmology at Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, Sydney and in oculoplastic surgery at University of Calgary, Canada.

Dr Whitehouse founded Forster Eye Surgery 20 years ago. His philosophy is simple -to provide a world class service locally and to respect his patients opinions and time.

He was the first to introduce objective perimetry (Accumap) outside a teaching institution in Australia and optical coherence tomography outside of a metropolitan centre in Australia (now seen as standard of care in macula disease). He is actively involved in research on cataract surgery and has designed and patented surgical instruments for cataract surgery which are currently marketed worldwide. He has presented at numerous Australasian scientific meetings on refractive outcomes. Dr. Whitehouse has been an invited speaker for multinational medical companies Pfizer, Alcon and Hoya at both Australian and international conferences.

Surgeon: Gilles Lesieur, M.D.

Participated in the development of IT and robotics solution to manage the reception, flow and patient safety in the office and in the operating room. Authorization to carry out corneal transplants with the Biomedecine agency.

Former Internal of the Hospitals of Toulouse.
Graduated from the IUD of Refractive Surgery and Phacoemulsification.
Scientific advisor to the PhysIOL and Zeiss laboratories.
Live surgery in France and abroad in the teaching of cataract surgery by microincision.
Trainer in cataract surgery in Biaxial microincision with surgeons in emerging countries.

Member of the French Society of Ophthalmology.
Member of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Member of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery.
Member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
Member of the Society of the French Association of Implants and Refractive Surgery.
Member of the Editorial Board of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Today (

Works and Points of Interest

Thesis Doctorate in Medicine, 1990: "The use of automated perimetry. Our experience with Octopus 201 and the G1 program in Glaucoma ". Publication "Practical guide to automated perimetry" 1991.

Co-author of the books on microincision: "Mastering of the Art of Bimanual Microincision Phaco" Ashok Garg 2005 and 2007. Publications in many ophthalmological journals. Conferences in national and international congresses.

Organizer of the congress "Vision du Futur" in Albi. Development of instruments specific to cataract surgery by microincision (PhysIOL, Medicel and Rumex).

Participated in implant development for microincision and correction of presbyopia (Bausch and Lomb, Carl Zeiss Meditec and PhysIOL).

Participated in the development of IT and robotics solution to manage the reception, flow and patient safety in the office and in the operating room. Authorization to carry out corneal transplants with the Biomedecine agency.

Surgeon: Huck Holz, M.D.

Cornea Specialist at Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara, California

Dr. Huck Holz has been practicing internationally with the Himalayan Cataract Project since 2006. He travels to South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, providing service and training to physicians internationally. He also hosts visiting physicians from overseas to observe and learn from a US practice.

Holz graduated summa cum laude from the University of California, San Diego and received his medical doctorate in 2002 from the University of California, Davis. After completing his ophthalmology residency at UC Davis, Holz completed a cornea, external disease and refractive surgery fellowship at the Moran Eye Center, University of Utah.

Holz is a practicing cornea specialist at Kaiser Permanente, Santa Clara.

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