• Artificial Intelligence

    Artificial intelligence (AI) has been defined as the scientific understanding of the mechanisms underlying thought and intelligent behavior embodied in machines. AI has been incorporated into various industries including healthcare, business, education, and manufacturing. One of the Academy's goals is to determine how to support its members in the development and use of AI tools to enhance the quality of eye care and to improve patient outcomes.

    In October 2019, the Academy created the Task Force on Artificial Intelligence to review the state of the art in the field, to identify unresolved issues and future challenges for the field of ophthalmology, and create a blueprint for what will become a future committee. The chair and members of the task force are listed below.

    Task Force on Artificial Intelligence 

    Michael F. Chiang, MD, MA, Chair
    Knowles Professor of Ophthalmology & Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology
    Associate Director, OHSU Casey Eye Institute
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Portland, OR

    Michael D. Abramoff, MD, PhD
    The Robert C. Watzke, MD Professor in Retina Research
    Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
    Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE)
    Professor of Biomedical Engineering (BME)
    University of Iowa Health Care
    Iowa City, IA

    Peter Campbell, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
    Oregon Health & Science University
    Portland, OR

    Pearse Keane, MD, MSc 
    Consultant Ophthalmologist
    Moorfields Eye Hospital
    NIHR Clinician Scientist at Institute of Ophthalmology
    University College London
    London, United Kingdom

    Aaron Y. Lee, MD, MSc
    Assistant Professor
    University of Washington Medicine
    Department of Ophthalmology
    Seattle, WA

    Louis R. Pasquale, MD
    Professor of Ophthalmology
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    Site Chair, Department of Ophthalmology at Mt. Sinai Hospital
    Vice Chair, Translational Ophthalmology Research for Mount Sinai Healthcare System
    New York City, NY

    Pietro Perona, PhD, Consultant
    Allen E. Puckett Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computation and Neural Systems
    California Institute of Technology
    Pasadena, CA 

    Michael X. Repka, MD, MBA
    Vice Chair for Clinical Practice
    Wilmer Eye Institute
    Professor of Ophthalmology
    Johns Hopkins University
    Baltimore, MD

    Rishi P. Singh, MD
    Staff Physician, Center for Ophthalmic Bioinformatics, Cole Eye Institute, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
    Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Lerner College of Medicine, Case Western Reserve University

    Daniel Shu Wei Ting, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor in Ophthalmology
    Duke—National University of Singapore Medical School
    Consultant, Singapore National Eye Center

    The task force is working on a series of papers to help ophthalmologists understand the real-world implications of AI for clinical practice, including topics such as: 

    If you have questions or ideas, please contact Flora Lum, MD, Vice President for Quality and Data Science, at flum@aao.org