WAO 2022 Fall Symposium 


Smith Ann M Chisholm, MD
Medical College of Wisconsin

Brad Fouraker, MD

I am a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in corneal and external diseases and practicing in Tampa, Florida. After completing undergraduate and graduate studies at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, I attended the University of Florida for Medical School. Internship and residency were completed at the Ochsner Clinic/LSU in New Orleans followed by fellowship training and research at the Dean McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City. The fellowship concentrated on corneal and external disease along with refractive surgery. I have been on faculty of St. Louis University, Dean McGee Eye Institute, and the University of South Florida. I have been in several leadership positions for the AAO and am the past president of the Florida Society of Ophthalmology. I am currently the chair of the POACE committee of the AAO and member of the board of directors for OMIC.

Mark J. Lucarelli, MD, FACS

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Toni Pichette, COMT
BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists

Toni Pichette is a Certified Ophthalmic Technologist employed by BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists in Green Bay, WI, for 32 years. She is clinical trainer for the multispecialty clinic which currently has 16 ophthalmologists and four optometrists. She is responsible for on-board training of new staff as well as continued education for current employees. Toni has organized and hosted BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists local conference for the past 25 years and has spoken for the WAO annual conference for the past four years.

Kathleen Schildroth, MD
University of Wisconsin

Kathleen Schildroth, MD is a vitreoretinal surgeon at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, with additional offices in Freeport and Rockford, IL. She received her medical training in Philadelphia, PA and Gainesville, FL, before coming to Madison for her vitreoretinal fellowship at UW. Her medical and surgical interests include vitreoretinal surgery, retinal detachment, retinal vascular disease, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and ocular trauma.

Arsham Sheybani, MD
Washington University School of Medicine - Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

Dr. Arsham Sheybani completed his medical degree with honors (AOA) at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He then completed his residency in Ophthalmology at Washington University in St. Louis and was selected to remain on faculty as Chief Resident. During that year, Dr. Sheybani was responsible for ophthalmologic trauma and emergencies as well as all adult inpatient ophthalmology consultations at Barnes Jewish Hospital. He was the primary surgical teacher for the beginning residents and implemented a didactic system that is still used at Washington University. He then completed a fellowship with Ike Ahmed in Glaucoma and Advanced Anterior Segment Surgery in Toronto, Canada. He subsequently returned to Washington University School of Medicine as faculty in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences where he serves as Residency Program Director. He is currently involved in device design aiming to make glaucoma surgery safer. He is also developing biomarkers for the diagnosis and monitoring of Primary Open Angle and Pseudoexfoliation Glaucoma. He is an avid surgical teacher, winning the resident selected faculty teaching award early in his career and he was honored by the American Glaucoma Society as the Surgery Day Lecturer. His true passion remains in maintaining one of the highest volume surgical glaucoma and anterior segment surgery fellowships in the country serving as the fellowship director.

Nicholas Volpe, MD
Northwestern Medical Group

Nicholas J. Volpe, MD. is the Tarry Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. He competed residency, fellowship and Chief Residency at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. Prior to relocating to Northwestern, he was Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published more than 150 scientific publications and book chapters. His textbook, Neuro-ophthalmology-Diagnosis and Management, is the definitive single volume text in the field of neuro-ophthalmology. His awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Straatsma Award for excellence in resident education. Research interests include new diagnostic technologies, including pupillometry and visible light optical coherence tomography, imaging abnormalities in neurodegenerative diseases, surgical education of ophthalmology residents, adult strabismus surgery and clinical trials for optic nerve disease. He is a member of the American Ophthalmological Society, a Director of the Heed Foundation, and a member of the Board of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology. 

Evan Warner, MD

Robert (Bob) Wiggins, MD, MHA

Dr. Wiggins serves as President of the American Academy Board of Trustees. Dr. Wiggins performed his ophthalmology residency at the Duke Eye Center. He completed a fellowship in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital and returned to Duke for a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship. In 2003 he obtained a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. After clinical training, he took a position for one year as a clinical assistant professor of ophthalmology in the department of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus at King Khaled Eye Specialist Hospital in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Since 1991 he has been employed at Asheville Eye Associates in North Carolina where he practices pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus and neuro-ophthalmology. He has served as the managing partner there since 2000. In addition to work with the Academy, Dr. Wiggins has been president of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus and serves on the OMIC Board of Directors.

Gina M. Younkle, COT, ROUB, OSA
BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists

I started working in Ophthalmology in January 1981, Graduated from the St Paul-Ramsey School for Ophthalmic Technicians in 1983. Certified as COT and OSA since 1983 and ROUB since 2012.  I also have an associate degree in accounting.  I have been employed by BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists since April 2002. I have worked in various Ophthalmology and a few Optometry offices over my 40+ years of employment.  Those practices were in Escanaba, Michigan, Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Evanston, Wyoming. My work history has included general patient care/exams, contact lens fitting, Fluorescein Angiograms, assisting at the OR in eye surgeries, assisting in office procedures and surgeries, and for the last few years I have been performing chart reviews/audits and IOL calculations for the surgeons at BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists.  I am the past trainer for Optical and Immersion Biometry for BayCare Clinic Eye Specialists.

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