ECS Co-Chairs

Early Career Section Co-Chairs

Basil K. Williams Jr, MD

Basil K. Williams Jr. MD is an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, where he completed his ophthalmology residency and vitreoretinal surgery fellowship and served as a chief resident and co-director of ocular trauma. He completed an additional fellowship in ocular oncology at Wills Eye Hospital, where he received the William Tasman Outstanding Fellow Teaching Award.

Previously, Dr. Williams held the Mary Knight Asbury Endowed Chair as the Director of Ocular Oncology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and directed the retinoblastoma program at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

He grew up in the Bronx, NY, received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Yale University, and attended The Chicago Medical School. His research interests pertain to health disparities, intraocular tumors and vitreoretinal surgical topics.

Avni P. Finn, MD, MBA, FASRS

Dr. Finn earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology and minor in Spanish from Stanford University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Finn pursued her medical degree at the Dartmouth School of Medicine in Hanover, New Hampshire followed by ophthalmology residency at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Finn then performed a fellowship in medical and surgical diseases of the retina and vitreous at Duke University. Dr. Finn was a recipient of the Heed Ophthalmic Foundation Fellowship and of the Ronald G. Michels Fellowship Foundation Award.

Dr. Finn is an active member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Retina Society, the Macula Society, and serves on programming committee for the Vit-Buckle Society, and the communications committee for the American Society of Retina Specialists.

She currently practices in Nashville, Tennessee where she is an Assistant Professor at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She is the Medical Director of Imaging at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute and Associate Director of the Vitreoretinal fellowship. Dr. Finn is actively involved in clinical research, with numerous national and international presentations and lectures, over 50 peer-reviewed publications.

She has published numerous original research articles on a wide variety of retinal diseases, including new techniques for macular hole surgery, the use of intraoperative OCT imaging, and biomarkers of atrophy and scar in macular degeneration. Dr. Finn has a strong interest in surgical innovation and retinal imaging analysis.