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Media Briefing: Ethnicities and Eye Health - Biographies and Contacts

Anne L. Coleman, MD, PhDAnne L. Coleman, MD, PhD, Chair
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Anne L.  Coleman, MD, PhD, is the Fran and Ray Stark Professor of Ophthalmology in the Jules Stein Eye Institute of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA as well as Professor of Epidemiology in the UCLA School of Public Health. She is Director of the Jules Stein Eye Institute Mobile Eye Clinic and the Vice-Chair for Academic Affairs for the Department of Ophthalmology.

Dr. Coleman is also actively involved in national outreach programs in ophthalmology, as the Chair of a 14-member committee of eye health experts overseeing National Eye Health Educational Program's education programs, and as the Secretary of Quality of Care and Director of the H. Dunbar Hoskins Center for Quality of Care, American Academy of Ophthalmology, developing patient-centered guidelines and performing comparative effectiveness research.

Steven L. Mansberger, MD, MPHSteven L. Mansberger, MD, MPH
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Steven L. Mansberger, MD, MPH, is an Associate Scientist and Director of Glaucoma Services and Ophthalmic Clinical Trials for the Devers Eye Institute in Portland, Oregon.  He also holds appointments at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) as Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and Public Health and Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Mansberger has research grant support from the National Eye Institute and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.  He has won numerous awards including "Best Doctors in America", Heed Fellowship, The Robert Watske Ophthalmology Instructor of the Year, American Glaucoma Society Clinician-Scientist award, among others.  He participates on the Editorial Boards of Journal of Glaucoma and American Journal of Ophthalmology.  He is an invited reviewer for Archives of Ophthalmology, British Journal of Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology, Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, Survey of Ophthalmology, as well as 4 other journals.   He has authored over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and abstracts.

Rohit Varma, MD, MPHRohit Varma, MD, MPH
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Dr. Varma is Professor of Ophthalmology and Preventive Medicine, and Director of the Glaucoma Service, Ocular Epidemiology Center and the Clinical Trials Unit at the Department of Ophthalmology, at the USC Keck School of Medicine. As Professor of Ophthalmology, he teaches and instructs fellows and residents twice a week when he sees glaucoma patients during clinic and surgery at the Doheny Eye Institute. Dr. Varma lectures on a regular basis nationally and internationally on relevant topics in glaucoma and epidemiology.

His primary research focuses on epidemiologic studies of eye disease in children and aging populations with grants funded through the National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health. Dr. Varma is the principal investigator of the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study (LALES), the Multi-Ethnic Pediatric Eye Diseases Study (MEPEDS), and the Chinese American Eye Study (CHES).He is an expert on changes in the optic nerve in glaucoma, and is also studying new imaging techniques in the early diagnosis of glaucomatous optic nerve damage as the USC site principal investigator for the Advanced Imaging in Glaucoma Study. More recently, Dr. Varma has been involved in the development of novel implantable IOP sensors, drug delivery implants and drainage devices.

M. Roy Wilson, MD, MSM. Roy Wilson, MD, MS
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Dr. M. Roy Wilson is Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Colorado, Denver (UC Denver), Senior Scholar at the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC), and Counselor, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).  He served as Chancellor of UC Denver from 2006-2010, President of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center from 2003-2006, and Dean of the School of Medicine (1998-2003) and Vice-President for Health Sciences (2001-2003) at Creighton University. Prior to that time, he was professor of ophthalmology, both at Jules Stein Eye Institute of UCLA and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU), and served as Dean of the medical school at CDU.  He holds elected memberships in the Institutes of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Ophthalmological Society, and the Glaucoma Research Society.

Dr. Wilson currently serves on the governing boards of the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities (USU), Institute for the Advancement of Multicultural and Minority Medicine, American International Health Alliance, AAHC, and APLU.  He is chair of the Commission on Access, Diversity, and Excellence of APLU and the Health Strand of USU.  He also chairs the NIH Data Monitoring and Oversight Committee for the Los Angeles Latino Eye Study, and the Advisory Board of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Hoskins Center for Quality Eyecare. Dr. Wilson was an initial Advisory Council member of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and served four years as chair of its Strategic Plan subcommittee. He currently serves on the Advisory Council of the National Center for Research Resources of NIH and the FDA Advisory Committee on Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drugs.

Dr. Wilson was selected in "Best Doctors in America" for consecutive years from 1996 to 2009.  Among his many awards are the Distinguished Physician Award from the Minority Health Institute, the Honored Alumnus Award from the Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary, the Senior Achievement Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Gold Citation from Allegheny College, and the Association of American Medical College's Herbert W. Nickens Award.