Chair - Camille Palma, MD
Dr. Camille Palma graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Psychology. She received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She completed her ophthalmology residency at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio where she served as Chief Resident in her final year. She then went on to pursue a fellowship in Vitreoretinal surgery and Diseases at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. She is certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology. She is currently in private practice in the northern suburbs of Chicago, IL and is an integral part of the teaching program for Northwestern University’s vitreoretinal fellowship.
Vice Chair- Jessica Randolph, MD
Dr. Jessica Randolph graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in Biomedical Ethics. She received medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, where she stayed to complete her ophthalmology residency. She then continued her training with a Vitreoretinal surgery and disease fellowship at Retina and Vitreous of Texas in Houston, Texas. She is board certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology. She currently is an Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Treasurer - Diana V. Do, MD
Secretary - Zelia M. Correa, MD, PhD
Dr. Zelia M Correa is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Director of Ocular Oncology and Echography Services at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. She has been a long-term mentor of women and URMs, and is part of the Minority Ophthalmology Mentorship Program of the AAO. She is the founder/director of the Leadership Program of the Pan American Association of Ophthalmology. She has received numerous awards from her service with the AAO (including the Senior Achievement Award), PAAO (including the Benjamin Boyd Humanitarian Award and the Ambassador of Education), and the Achievement Award from the ASRS.
Dr. Correa is a vitreoretinal surgeon and is recognized for her research and innovation in Ocular Oncology.
Communications Chair - Elizabeth Atchison, MD
Elizabeth Atchison, MD is a partner at Ophthalmology Ltd in her hometown of Sioux Falls, SD where she practices surgical retina. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN and AOA from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. Her ophthalmology residency was completed at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN before returning to Chicago, IL for her vitreoretinal surgery fellowship with Rush University and Illinois Retina Associates. During fellowship she won first place in Ophthalmology Times Retina Research Scholar Program. Most recently she was awarded a grant from The H. Dunbar Hoskins Jr., MD, Center for Quality Eye Care IRIS® Registry Research Fund for research on the prognosis of dry AMD. She is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of South Dakota School of Medicine.
Member-at-Large - Nancy Christmas, MD
Dr. Nancy J. Christmas graduated from Wellesley College and Yale University School of Medicine. She went on to complete her medical internship at the Deaconess Hospital, Harvard Medical School, her ophthalmology residency at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, and her medical and surgical retina fellowship at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Dr. Christmas participates in many national clinical trials. She is a Heed Fellow and board-certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology and has served on the board of Women in Ophthalmology. Currently, she is a partner in her private practice, Colorado Retina Associates, in Denver, Colorado where she has been for over 15 years.
Member-at-Large - Christina Flaxel, MD
Christina Flaxel, M.D., is a vitreoretinal specialist at OHSU Casey Eye Institute, Portland, Oregon, with expertise in the medical and surgical treatment of the retina as well as intraocular inflammation and infection. Appointed professor of ophthalmology, she is also fellowship director of Casey’s vitreoretinal division and director of the Wold Family Macular Degeneration Center.
Dr. Flaxel completed her medical school, internship and ophthalmology residency at OHSU. She then served a vitreoretinal surgical fellowship at West Virginia University, followed by four additional years of retinal fellowship training at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London, where she completed a medical retina fellowship with Prof. Alan Bird and an additional vitreoretinal surgical fellowship.
Before joining Casey in 2004, Dr. Flaxel served on the faculty of the University of Southern California Doheny Eye Institute from 199 to 2004. At Casey, she has been involved in numerous pivotal clinical trials for retinal disease and currently is a principal investigator or co-investigator of studies for diabetic macular edema, proliferative diabetic retinopathy, neovascular age-related macular degeneration, and non-neovascular age-related macular degeneration. In addition, Dr. Flaxel’s research has been published in more than 30 peer-reviewed journals and she has authored 14 textbook chapters.
During the course of her career, Dr. Flaxel has held a number of elected offices and appointments. From 2018 to 2019, she chaired the AAO’s Retina/Vitreous Preferred Practice Pattern Panel. She currently is a member of the DRCR.net protocol review committee, the Macula Society research committee and the American Ophthalmological Society committee. Dr. Flaxel also serves on the editorial board of the journal Ophthalmology International.
Member-at-Large - Rukhsana Mirza, MD, MS
Dr. Rukhsana G. Mirza is a Chicago native and is Professor of Ophthalmology and Medical Education at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine (FSM). She completed her M.D. degree from the The Chicago Medical School, followed by an ophthalmology residency at Loyola University Medical Center. She finished her medical training by returning to her undergraduate alma mater at Northwestern where she completed a fellowship in diseases of the retina and joined the faculty as a Medical Retina specialist upon her graduation. She also holds a MS in education with a focus in counseling and completed the Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (GCSRT) program through Harvard Medical School. She is a busy clinician and retinal researcher involved in original work and clinical trials. She has authored manypublications, including book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals, and has presented at numerous research and education conferences.
Dr. Mirza is a dedicated educator, and is the director of undergraduate medical education in ophthalmology at FSM. In addition to student education, she is involved in Northwestern’s residency and retina fellowship programs serving as associate fellowship director. Furthermore, she is a member of the Feinberg Academy of Medical Educators and has been honored with multiple “Outstanding Teacher Awards.” She has also been recognized by induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society and serves as a college mentor for Feinberg students. Dr. Mirza has been involved with education at the national level with the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO) and is a past- president-of the medical student education council. Currently she serves on the fellowship compliance committee (FCC) for medical retina fellowships. She has been recognized nationally by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and AUPO for “Excellence in Medical Student Education” in 2016 and accepted the AAO Service Award on behalf of the Director’s of Medical Student Education in 2018. Dr. Mirza was chosen as one of 13 inaugural members for the 2020 Academic Leadership Program by the AUPO. In addition, she was selected for a faculty mentoring leadership initiative called NU-AIMS (Northwestern University–Actionable Initiatives for Mentoring Excellence & Scholarship) as well as the Northwestern Leadership Education Advancement Program. She serves on the San Francisco Match oversight committee and is a member of the Macula Society, Retina Society, the International Retinal Imaging Society, in addition to the American Society of Retina Specialists.
Fellow-in-Training Chair - Chinwenwa Okeagu, MD
Chinwenwa is a second year surgical retina fellow at Kresge Eye Institute.
Her journey in the world of ophthalmology began at the University of Michigan, where she received a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Engineering. After completing her undergraduate education, she went on to Morehouse School of Medicine, where she earned her Medical Degree. She then completed a residency in ophthalmology at Howard Hospital in Washington DC. Following completion of her residency, she stayed in the DMV area for a fellowship in uveitis at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
After finishing her uveitis fellowship, Chinwenwa worked at the NEI/NIH on both the uveitis and consult services for two years, before deciding to pursue more training in surgical retina. She is now a surgical retina fellow, and is enjoying the excitement of learning new surgical skills while helping patients.
In her free time, Chinwenwa loves spending time with family and friends. She enjoys traveling, exploring new things, and spending time in nature.
Chair Emerita - Judy Kim, MD
Dr. Judy E. Kim is a graduate of the University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program. She completed her ophthalmology residency training at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and vitreoretinal fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Currently she is a professor of ophthalmology at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Dr. Kim has received numerous awards and honors, including being named in the “Best Doctors in America” annually since 2003 as well as in the US News & World Report Best Doctors list and the Castle Connolly Top Doctors list. She has received American Academy of Ophthalmology Achievement Award, the Senior Achievement Award, and the American Society of Retina Specialists Honor Award and Service Award. She is a Heed Foundation Fellow and has been selected to the Leadership Development Program of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. She has been elected to many regional and national leadership and committee positions and serves on the review boards of a number of peer-reviewed journals.
Nancy Holekamp, MD
Dr. Nancy M. Holekamp is a professor of Clinical Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri. She is also director of Retina Services at the Pepose Vision Institute in St. Louis. Dr. Holekamp received her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College Summa cum Laude. She received her medical degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Dr. Holekamp then went on to completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in ophthalmology at the Washington University School of Medicine; her fellowship training in vitreoretinal surgery was with the Retina Consultants in St. Louis.
Jennifer Lim, MD
Dr. Jennifer Lim is a professor of ophthalmology and director of the Retina Service atUniversity of Illinois, Eye and Ear Infirmary in Chicago. She is the Marion H. Schenk Esq., Chair in Ophthalmology for Research in the Aging Eye. She received her medical degree with distinction from Northwestern University Six–Year Honors Program in Medical Education where she was elected into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA) and received the Dean’s AOA Student Research Award and the Julius Conn Memorial Award. She completed her ophthalmology training at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Eye and Ear Infirmary where she received the Resident Research Award and the American College of Surgeons Resident Competition Chicago Chapter Keeshin Prize. She completed her medical retina and surgical retina training at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute of Johns Hopkins Hospital and was a Heed Fellow Awardee and a Heed Knapp Fellow Awardee.
Alice Lyon, MD
Dr. Alice Lyon is an associate professor of ophthalmology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is director of Vitreoretinal Service and Vitreoretinal Fellowships. She received her undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Chicago with general honors and special honors in biology and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (AOA) and received the American Medical Womens Association (AMWA)Award. Following her ophthalmology residency at Northwestern University, she underwent clinical medical and surgical retina fellowship training at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Harvard Medical School, Retina Associates, and completed her graduate research training at the Schepens Eye Research Institute. Dr. Lyon has been on the full-time faculty at Northwestern University since 1993. She is a principal investigator for many clinical trials in retina and serves on data safety and monitoring boards. She has been director of the Chicago Curriculum in Ophthalmology since 1993, was a director for medical student education At Northwestern's Department of Ophthalmology for 10 years.
Pauline Merrill, MD
Dr. Pauline Merrill is an assistant professor of ophthalmology at Rush University, where she is section director for Uveitis and Inflammatory Disease. She is also a partner at Illinois Retina Associates in Chicago. After graduating summa cum laude from Princeton University, Dr. Merrill received her medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Her ophthalmology residency at Duke University was followed by a vitreoretinal fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. A diplomate of and examiner for the American Board of Ophthalmology, Dr. Merrill has also received numerous honors, including a Heed Knapp Fellowship and the American Society of Retinal Specialists Senior Honor Award.
Julia Haller, MD
Dr. Julia A. Haller is Ophthalmologist-in-Chief of the Wills Eye Institute, where she holds the William Tasman, M.D. Endowed Chair, and Professor and Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Thomas Jefferson University. She was educated at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore, Princeton University, and Harvard Medical School, and trained in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she also completed her retina fellowship and served as Wilmer’s first female chief resident. Dr. Haller is past president of the American Society of Retina Specialists, president elect of the Retina Society, serves on the Board of Trustees of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology, the Board of the ARVO Foundation for Eye Research, and the Board of Trustees of Princeton University.