• Dr. Melendez is a comprehensive ophthalmologist and partner at Eye Associates of New Mexico with an emphasis on cataract and refractive surgery. He is also an assistant clinical professor in the Department of Surgery/Division of Ophthalmology at the University of New Mexico (UNM) in Albuquerque, where he enjoys mentoring medical students and encouraging them to pursue a career in ophthalmology. He is on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Dermatologic and Ophthalmic Drugs Advisory Committee and is executive director of The Juliette RP Vision Foundation, which he founded to provide college scholarships for visually-impaired children and scholarships for ophthalmology residents interested in helping patients with retinitis pigmentosa.

    Dr. Melendez previously was section chief of ophthalmology at Presbyterian Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M. He served as editor-in-chief of the website, Pearls in Ophthalmology, for five years.

    Dr. Melendez is a member of the Academy's Young Ophthalmologist (YO) Committee, for which he will serve as chair beginning in January 2012. He is a graduate of the Academy's 2008 Leadership Development Program.

    He graduated from the UNM School of Medicine and completed his ophthalmology residency at The University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio, where he served as chief resident. He completed a master's in business administration at the Anderson School of Management at UNM, from which he received a Young Alumni Award.