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Affiliated Ophthalmologists

Paul Bernstein, MD, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences and Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, University of Utah School of Medicine.

Matthew C. Bujak MD PT FRCS(C), Lecturer and Director of International Ophthalmology, University of Toronto.  St.Michael's Hospital, Kensington Eye Institute, Herzig Eye Institute.

Sam Cady, MD, Maine Eye Center, Portland, Maine. President Elect, Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons. Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School. Assistant Clinical Instructor, Tufts University School of Medicine.

Alan Crandall, MD, Director of Glaucoma and Cataract, Senior Vice Chairman of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Utah School of Medicine.

Michael Feilmeier, MD, Adjunct Professor of Cornea and External Eye Disease and Medical Director, International Division of Ophthalmology, University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Robert Hoffman, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences, University of Utah School of Medicine. Chief, Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Eye Muscle Disorders.

Paul Imperia, MD, Partner and Director of Refractive Surgery, Medical Eye Center, Oregon.

Paul Jorizzo, MD, Partner and Director of the Glaucoma Service, Medical Eye Center, Oregon.

 

Background on Affiliated Ophthalmologists

Paul Bernstein, MD, PhD

Dr. Paul Bernstein
Dr. Bernstein (left) examines a patient with one of his Nepali trainees, Dr. Raba Thapa (right), at the Tilganga Eye Centre in Kathmandu.

Dr. Paul S. Bernstein graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College and earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard Medical School.  He completed his internship at the New England Deaconess Hospital and a research fellowship and clinical residency in Ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA.  Dr. Bernstein did his fellowship in Vitreoretinal Surgery at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.  He joined the faculty of the Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah in 1995.  Today, he is the Mary Boesche Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Pharmacology and Toxicology, at the University of Utah School of Medicine.   Dr Bernstein is the Chief of the Vitreoretinal Surgical Service for the Veteran's Administration Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah, the Director of the Moran Eye Center’s Vitreoretinal Fellowship, and the Associate Research Director at the John A. Moran Eye Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Bernstein also has an active NIH-funded laboratory doing basic science work on nutritional aspects of inherited and acquired macular and retinal diseases.  He is on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Foundation Fighting Blindness, is a Member of the National Eye Institute’s AREDS II Study Executive Committee, is a reviewer for many scientific journals and grant review committees, holds four patents, and has authored over eighty peer-reviewed scientific papers.  In his local community, Dr. Bernstein has served as a Member of the University of Utah Academic Senate and a Member of the University of Utah Patent Advisory Committee.  Dr. Bernstein has been voted one of “America’s Best Doctors” since 2006.

Dr. Bernstein has worked with the Himalayan Cataract Project to bring current techniques in retinal diagnosis and treatment to ophthalmologists in Ghana and Nepal.  He has been a partner in the surgical training of Nepali physicians both in Kathmandu, Nepal, and in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Matthew Bujak, MD

Dr. Matt Bujak in Kenya

Dr. Matt Bujak is a Toronto-based ophthalmologist specializing in cornea, external ocular disease and refractive surgery.  Dr. Bujak has traveled worldwide as part of an international fellowship supported by the HCP in 2010-2011.

The Toronto Star followed Dr. Bujak in Kenya and documented his work with a video and a series of articles.

Sam Cady, MD

Dr. Sam Cady

Dr. Sam Cady graduated magna cum laude from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse in 1999 after graduating cum laude from Duke University in 1994. Following a medical internship at the Maine Medical Center, he completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. He then served as a clinical glaucoma fellow at the New York Eye & Ear Infirmary in New York City.

Dr. Cady is a cataract and glaucoma specialist and practices at the Maine Eye Center in Portland, Maine. He is the President Elect of the Maine Society of Eye Physicians and Surgeons, a Clinical Instructor at Harvard Medical School, and an Assistant Clinical Instructor at the Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Cady has performed volunteer surgery in Honduras, Ethiopia, and Haiti.

Alan Crandall, MD

Dr. Alan Crandall
Dr. Alan Crandall
Dr. Crandall with the HCP team in Ethiopia
Dr. Crandall with the HCP team in Ethiopia

Dr. Alan Crandall graduated from the University of Utah, receiving his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed his internship in surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center as well as his residency and fellowship in ophthalmology at the Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania. He joined the University of Utah Ophthalmology Department in 1981. Dr. Crandall is a Presidential Endowed Professor and Senior Vice-Chair of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, Director of Glaucoma and Cataract at the Moran Eye Center, University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Dr. Crandall has served as a past President of the American Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgery. He is a Diplomat of the National Board of Medical Examiners, as well as a member of the American Board of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and American Glaucoma Society.

Dr. Crandall has been working in Kumasi, Ghana, for more than a decade and has joined forces with the Himalayan Cataract Project to improve eye care around the world.  He has worked in Ghana, Ethiopia and Nepal providing surgery and teaching modern surgery technique. 

Michael Feilmeier, MD

Dr. Michael Feilmeier
Dr. Feilmeier at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana

Dr. Michael Feilmeier graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University, going on to receive his medical degree from the University of Nebraska College of Medicine.  He completed his internship in internal medicine at the University of California, San Diego and his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Miami, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, FL.  Dr. Feilmeier then completed a fellowship in corneal surgery, external eye disease, and global blindness prevention with Dr. Geoffrey Tabin at the University of Utah, Moran Eye Center.

Dr. Feilmeier is currently the medical director of the International Division of ophthalmology and adjunct professor of cornea and external eye disease at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences.  He also works in private practice as a corneal specialist at Midwest Eye Care in Omaha, NE.  Dr. Feilmeier serves on the Board of Directors for the Nebraska Lions Eye Bank and is a member of the American Board of Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, and the Cornea Society.

Dr. Feilmeier has been working abroad for several years and has trained eye surgeons and performed sight-restoring surgery in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Nepal, Ghana, and India.

Robert Hoffman, MD

Dr. Robert Hoffman
Dr. Hoffman with Dr. Crandall and Dr. Seth Lartey in Kumasi, Ghana
Dr. Hoffman with Dr. Ujjowala Shrestha, Tilganga's pediatric ophthalmologist

Robert O. Hoffman, M.D. is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Eye Muscle Disorders at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah Health Sciences Center and Primary Children’s Medical Center.  He is a Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Utah School of Medicine.  Dr. Hoffman has special interests in retinopathy of prematurity, ocular problems associated with genetics, craniofacial disorders, cataracts in infants and children and complicated strabismus.  He graduated from the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City, Utah.  His fulfilled his residency at the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He completed a Fellowship at Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Dr. Hoffman has a long history of serving on medical boards.  In addition to his work at the Moran Eye Center he currently serves as the Chairman of the Surgical Quality Improvement team at Primary Children’s Medical Center and the faculty advisor for Alpha Omega Alpha and also serves on the Board of Directors of the University of Utah Medical Alumni Association.

Dr. Hoffman has carried out multiple charitable missions in Africa, Nepal, Bhutan, India, and Guatemala and has trained physicians from Pakistan, Indonesia and Germany regarding modern pediatric ophthalmology techniques. His overriding goal is to train individuals in underserved areas of the world so that local health care providers are then able to offer vision care services in their own countries.  Dr. Hoffman feels that the partnership between the Moran Eye Center and the Himalayan Cataract Project provides many excellent opportunities to carry out local training in areas where up to date eye care is needed.

Paul Imperia, MD

Dr. Paul Imperia
Dr. Imperia examines a patient in Mekelle, Ethiopia

Dr. Imperia graduated from Lafayette College and the Albany Medical College with honors. At Case Western Reserve University, he completed an internal medicine residency and an ophthalmology residency. Dr. Imperia then specialized in cornea and refractive surgery, doing a fellowship at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. He has been a partner and director of the refractive surgery program at the Medical Eye Center, a private practice in Medford, Oregon since 1991.

Dr. Imperia has worked in Nepal and Africa providing surgery and teaching modern surgical techniques. He has hosted physicians from developing countries who travel to the U.S. for fellowships to further their training. Dr. Imperia is particularly interested in bringing refractive surgery; such as Lasik, to developing countries to reduce the severe visual disability that exists amongst those who have no access to glasses.

Paul Jorizzo, MD

Dr. Paul Jorizzo
Dr. Jorizzo in Ethiopia

Dr. Paul Jorizzo graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and medical school at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Moving to the west coast, he did five years of ophthalmology training at the Oregon Health Sciences University including: ophthalmology residency, a one-year medical retina fellowship, and a formal fellowship in glaucoma.

Dr. Jorizzo is director of the glaucoma service at the Medical Eye Center in Medford, Oregon. He has a busy glaucoma and cataract practice and shares a partnership with Dr. Matt Oliva and Dr. Paul Imperia. With his partners, Dr. Jorizzo has hosted HCP fellows from Nepal, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Ghana. He and his children have participated in international eye surgical expeditions in Peru, Kiribati and multiple locations in Ethiopia. In addition to teaching and treating cataract and glaucoma patients, they have enjoyed photographing their experiences for HCP.