Virtual Conference Faculty Biographies
Ihab A. Ayad, MD, UCLA Medical Center
Dr. Ayad is a pediatric anesthesiologist at UCLA Medical Center. He board-certified in anesthesiology as well as pediatric anesthesiology. He completed his pediatric anesthesia fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ayad completed his residency at UCLA and USC University Hospital, his internship in surgery at USC Hospital and earned his medical degree from Cairo University School of Medicine.
Zhuang Fang, MD, MSPH, FASA, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Dr. Fang is a board-certified anesthesiologist at the David Geffen School of Medicine. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at the UCLA School of Medicine, and in surgery at the Guangzhou Medical College. Dr. Fang earned his medical degree from Guangzhou Medical College and completed his internship in internal medicine at UCSF-Fresno. Dr. Fang is the current president of the Ophthalmic Anesthesiology.
Teri Fraley, RN, BSN, UCLA Health
Teri Fraley has more than 40 years of experience as a nurse, and 30 years of experience as an ICU and Thoracic nurse. She has worked in interventional radiology for 7 years at the Jules Stein Eye Center. Ms. Fraley has been at UCLA since 2011 and transferred to the pre-Anesthesia department in 2014.
Eric Fry, MD, Fry Eye Associates
Dr. Eric Fry attended the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His ophthalmology residency was also at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his oculoplastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship at the Fante Eye and Face Centre in Denver. Following fellowship, he traveled to India to study advanced cataract surgery at the prestigious Amar Agarwal Eye Hospital. He joined his father, Luther Fry, MD, and his partner Bill Clifford, MD in 2008 at Fry Eye Associates. He lives in Garden City, Kansas with his wife Jena and three children Trevor, Jace and Chelsea.
Elethia Dean, RN, PhD, ASC Compliance
Elethia Dean obtained her nursing degree from Youngstown State University and her Masters in Business Administration from Andrews University. He earned her PhD in Organizational Management, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Ms. Dean is CEO of ASC Compliance. Elethia has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry, including clinical and administrative experience in acute and ambulatory care settings.
Jefferson Doyle, MD, PhD MHS, MA(Oxon), Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Jefferson Doyle, M.D., Ph.D, M.H.S. is a faculty member in the Wimer Eye Institute, the Department of Genetic Medicine (DGM) and the Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM) graduate training program at Johns Hopkins. He is a pediatric ophthalmologist who specializes in genetic eye disorders. His clinical focus includes the ocular manifestations of connective tissue disorders, pediatric cataracts and ectopia lentis, pediatric glaucoma and anterior segment dysgenesis, and pediatric retinal dystrophies. His main research focus is elucidating the molecular mechanisms driving disease progression in Marfan syndrome and other causes of genetically-induced high myopia, with the goal of developing novel treatment approaches to translate into human trials. He also has an interest in modifer gene identification and leveraging this information for therapeutic benefit.
Robert A. Goldberg, MD, UCLA Medical Center
Dr. Goldberg is an internationally recognized surgeon, researcher, and teacher. He has developed many new surgeries which are now taught and practiced internationally, including less invasive treatments for eye and orbit cancers, new surgeries for Thyroid eye disease, new surgical techniques for tearing problems. He has had leadership and Executive positions in the American Society Ophthalmic Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, California Academy of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.
Scott Greenbaum, MD, New York University School of Medicine
Dr. Scott Greenbaum is an ophthalmologist in Forest Hills, New York and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Manhattan EET Hospital, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and Lenox Hill Hospital. He received his medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and has been in practice 34 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French. He specializes in anterior segment related eye conditions, in Glaucoma, refractive surgery, pediatric ophthalmology, and cataract surgery. He wrote and edited Ocular Anesthesia, published by Saunders, and the chapter on Ocular Anesthesia in Duane's Clinical Ophthalmology. Dr. Greenbaum also holds a medial patent in the area. In addition, he has published in monovision cataract surgery - a technique he uses in surgery currently, with and without astigmatic intraocular lenses.
Jennifer Katsura, CRNA, UCLA Medical Center
Simon K. Law, MD, PharmD, Jules Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
Dr. Simon Law is a board-certified ophthalmologist affiliated with UCLA Health. He completed his fellowship in ophthalmology at the UCLA School of Medicine and his ophthalmology residency at the Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Law earned his medical degree and completed his internship at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Elaine C. Liew, MD, UCLA Medical Center
Dr. Liew completed medical school at the University of Newcastle, Australia, anesthesia residency at Barts and the London School of Anesthesia in London, UK and Critical Care Medicine fellowship at University of Madison, Wisconsin. She is now a faculty member of the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at UCLA where she has diverse subspecialty interests in ophthalmic, vascular and ECT anesthesia. Her non-clinical interests include Quality Improvement in Anesthesia and being a member of the Medical Students Admission Committee at UCLA. Outside of work, Dr Liew is kept on her toes by her three sons and two dogs, and enjoys swimming and traveling.
Ofelia Lim, RN, BSN, UCLA Medical Center
Ofelia Lim has been a nurse for more than 30 years, and an ICU nurse for 20 years. She has worked as a nurse in Pre-Anesthesia for 10 years.
Anne Menke, RN, PhD, Ophthalmic Mutual Insurance Company
Anne Menke received her diploma in registered nursing from Christ Hospital School of Nursing, her B.A. from San Francisco State University and her M.A. and Ph.D from Harvard University. Dr. Menke is the Patient Safety Manager at OMIC, where she has worked since 2004. She analyzes ophthalmic malpractice claims in order to develop risk management recommendations on how to prevent them. Dr. Menke has contributed articles to Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, JAAPOS, Retina Times, EyeNet and Insight: The Journal of ASORN. She writes regularly for the Ophthalmic Risk Management Digest.
Michael Morley, MD, Ophthalmic Consultants of Boston
Dr. Morley is a retina specialist with a strong interest in improving the quality and efficiency of eye care both in the United States and abroad. In 2015, he was awarded a Fulbright grant by the US State Department to study quality improvement and patient safety. As part of that grant, he traveled to Khon Kaen University Medical Center in Thailand where he taught courses to medical student and residents. Dr. Morley is Co-Chair of the Expert Panel on Patient Safety in Cataract Surgery. The panel advises the Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety and Medical Error Reduction. Dr. Morley has a strong interest in teaching ophthalmology and has received six nominations for excellence in teaching from Harvard Medical School and the American Medical Association. Dr. Morley has published multiple research papers and two book chapters on retinal disease.
Howard Palte, MD, Bascom Palmer Eye Center
Dr. Howard Palte received his undergraduate medical education at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Following internship, he worked as a medical officer at a large mine hospital on the Gold Belt of South Africa where he assumed responsibility for anesthetic services. He completed his residency in Anesthesia at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg and earned the gold medal for the most accomplished candidate in the Board Exam. Thereafter he continued working as an Attending at the Johannesburg Hospital before moving into private practice in Johannesburg – a position he occupied for 14 years. In 2002 he moved with his family to the United States to assume a position with the Department of Anesthesia at the University of Miami. He currently holds the title of Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology at the University of Miami and is the Associate Director of Anesthesia and Director of Regional Anesthesia at the Bascom Palmer Eye Center.
Richard Rivers, MD, PhD, MBA, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Dr. Richard J. Rivers is an associate professor of anesthesiology and critical care medicine and ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His area of clinical expertise is ophthalmological anesthesia. He serves as chief of anesthesia at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins. Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Rivers was on faculty at the University of Rochester and then became chief of anesthesia at Lattimore Surgical Center in Rochester.
Vinodkumar Singh, MD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. Vinodkumar Singh is an Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He attended medical school at Gujarat University and at the Royal College of Physicians in London. His research and clinical interests include neuro-critical care, neuro-anesthesia and ophthalmic anesthesia. He completed fellowships at the Royal College of Anesthetists, Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine and the Royal College of Anesthetists.
Jason Steinhardt, JD, University of Maryland Law School, Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office, Maryland
Jason Steinhardt is a prosecutor for the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney's Office concentrating on felony drug cases. In additional to his experience as a prosecutor, he also has experience in advocacy for clients in the practice areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, business and general civil litigation. Jason earned his JD from the University of Maryland Law School.
Uri Soiberman, MD, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Uri S. Soiberman, M.D., is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute. Dr. Soiberman specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of corneal and anterior segment diseases, including corneal transplants, cataract surgery and intraocular lens complications. He is particularly interested in keratoconus and novel treatments for this disease; this disease is Dr. Soiberman's primary research focus. He is also actively studying the application of nanomedicine in the field of cornea. Dr. Soiberman received his medical degree from the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, Israel. He completed his ophthalmology residency at Tel Aviv Medical Center, and his research and clinical fellowships in the field of cornea, cataract and external disease at the Wilmer Eye Institute.
Tina Tran, MD, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Hospital
Dr. Tran is chief of ophthalmic anesthesia at the Wilmer Eye Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She focuses on patient education, patient safety, and clinical workflow efficiency. She holds several national leadership positions including previous president of OAS, current OAS board member, ASA committee member for geriatric anesthesia, academic anesthesia, and medical student/anesthesia resident education, and co-chair of the Society of Education in Anesthesia (SEA) medical student education committee. In addition to her division chief role, she is assistant program director and co-clerkship director for the clinical anesthesia elective at Hopkins.
Susan Wolf, PA-C, AA, BA, MPAS, MMS, The Wilmer Eye Institute of The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Susan J. Wolf graduated from Townson State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences. She completed her Physician Associate of Arts degree at Essex Community College. Susan completed a Masters in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and a Masters of Medical Science from Saint Francis University. She has been a PA at the Johns Hopkins Hospital for 30 years in the Wilmer Eye Institute with the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine. Susan has authored a chapter on Ophthalmic Surgery for a nursing textbook entitled Perianesthesia Nursing Care, now in its second edition.
Alan Zamora, MSN, CRNA, UCLA Health System
Alan Zamora is a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist at the University of California Los Angeles, where he practices at the Jules Stein Eye Institute, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, and UCLA Santa Monica Hospital. Prior to joining UCLA, he completed his Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia at the University of Pennsylvania.