Speakers

Shlomo Dotan

Dr Shlomo Dotan is one of the leading experts in Neuro-Ophthalmology in Israel, since 1986 and with more than 42 years of experience in the Ophthalmology field.

He graduated from the Hebrew University – Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem. Following a fellowship period at Michigan University in Ann-Arbor he has served for almost 30 years as the head of the clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology Service at Hadassah Hospital.

He has thriven and enhanced the effective treatment of Neuro-Ophthalmological patients and has contributed a lot towards the knowledge and expertise of tens of residents during those years and continues to do so – still today. In addition, he is working full time at Sourasky Medical Center in Tel Aviv and also at his private clinic. Being a member of international – high professional – organizations, Dr. S. Dotan around the globe, giving his input and knowledge to fellow colleagues and is also approached often to contribute his knowledge in order to solve unorthodox NeuroOphthalmology cases.


Jonathan Trobe

I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA) in 1943. At age 4, I moved with my family to Europe, where my father directed services to Holocaust survivors. I attended international schools in Vienna, Geneva, Rome, and Paris, graduating from high school in 1960. In that time, I have learned and forgotten many languages. I returned to the USA in 1960 to attend Harvard College. In high school and in college, my piece of mind was interrupted by herpes simplex keratitis, which led to a corneal transplant and the decision to become an ophthalmologist. I graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1968. After a 1-year internship in internal medicine at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, I began a 3-year residency in ophthalmology at the Wills Eye Institute in Philadelphia, where I was chief resident in my final year. Drafted into the military with all my medical school classmates in 1972, I served for 2 years as an ophthalmologist in the United States Air Force at Andrews Air Force Base, Washington, D. There I had the opportunity to perform 10 penetrating keratoplasties. They turned out well enough to propel me toward a career as a corneal surgeon. I entered a fellowship in corneal diseases at the University of Florida and then joined the faculty there, becoming chief of the ophthalmology service at the adjacent Veterans Administration Hospital. The neurologists drew me into their inpatient rounds, and soon I became intrigued enough to turn to neuroophthalmology. After a neuro-ophthalmology fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, I returned to the University of Florida to direct the neuroophthalmology service. But I opted for more neurology training, so In 1983, I gave up my tenured faculty position to complete a residency in neurology at the University of Miami. When that was done in 1986, I accepted a faculty position with joint appointments in ophthalmology, neurology, and neurosurgery at the University of Michigan, where I have been for 35 years as director of the neuro-ophthalmology and inpatient ophthalmology consultation services, taking great pleasure in teaching and mentoring neuro-ophthalmology fellows, ophthalmology, neurology, and neurosurgery residents, and medical students. I am board-certified in ophthalmology and neurology. I have first-authored or coauthored over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles and first-authored or coauthored eight books, including The Physician’s Guide to Eye Care (American Academy of Ophthalmology), The Field Guide to the Eyes (Lippincott); The Neurology of Vision (Oxford), Clinical Decisions in Neuro-Ophthalmology (Mosby), and Rapid Diagnosis in Neuro-Ophthalmology (Elsevier). I am the author of a website covering general ophthalmology called The Eyes Have It and a website on neuro-ophthalmology called Neuro-Ophthalmology At Your Fingertips. I am associate editor for neuro-ophthalmology of the online general medical resources called Up To Date and Medlink Neurology. I served as editor-in-chief of The Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, the official journal of the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society, from 2001 to 2010.


Andrew Lee

Andrew G. Lee, M.D. is chair of the Blanton Eye Institute, Department of Ophthalmology at Houston Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas and is Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurosurgery at Weill Cornell Medicine. He is adjunct professor of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine; Texas A and M College of Medicine; University of Iowa and the University of Buffalo; and Clinical Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, and the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Lee has been an AAO member for over 25 years and has served in numerous leadership roles at the AAO including member of the OKAP Committee, Chair of the AAO Task Force on Aging and later, AAO Committee on Aging. He has received AAO the AAO Achievement Award, Senior Achievement Award, Secretariat Award (2X), and Lifetime Achievement Award and he volunteers with the Minorities in Ophthalmology Mentors (MOM) program. He has been on the AAO Annual Program Meeting Committee and the AAO-NANOS Committee and is the NANOS representative and Treasurer for the Association of University Professors in Ophthalmology (AUPO) Fellowship Compliance Committee (FCC). He is a past President and Current Chairman of the Board of North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society (NANOS) and has board membership experience at the medical organization and lay levels including Board of Trustees, Houston Symphony, Treasurer and Board of Houston Neurological Society (HNS), Treasurer and Board of Houston Ophthalmological Society (HOS). Dr Lee has served on the national and international Editorial Board of 20 ophthalmic journals including JAMA Ophthalmology; Survey of Ophthalmology; the American Journal of Ophthalmology, the Canadian Journal of Ophthalmology, the Japanese Journal of Ophthalmology, the Journal of Neuroophthalmology, and Eye and was the founding editor in chief of the Journal of Academic Ophthalmology. He has published over 600 peer-reviewed articles, 40 book chapters, and ten full textbooks in ophthalmology. He has been the invited speaker at over 400 national and international eye meetings and has given 14 named lectureships. He has a special interest in resident education, enjoys teaching about teaching in ophthalmology, and has received the resident teaching award 9 times at five different academic institutions as well as the Excellence in Clinical Education from the Oslerian Academy.


Gordon Plant

From 1991 to 2021 Dr Gordon Plant practiced as a National Health Service Consultant Neurologist in London, UK. He was on the staff of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, Moorfields Eye Hospital and the Medical Eye Unit of St Thomas’ Hospital. He is now retired from clinical practice but remains active in teaching and research. He has authored more than 300 peer reviewed articles and has been interested in all aspects of the Neurology of Vision.


Karl Golnik 

Dr. Karl Golnik is Professor & Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Eye Institute. He has practiced Neuro-ophthalmology exclusively for 30 years and has served on the Board of the North American Neuro-ophthalmology Society and has received their Merit Award. He has received the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Lifetime Achievement award and more than 10 teaching awards throughout his career. He has given invited neuro-ophthalmology and medical education lectures in more than 70 countries and has over 130 publications in these fields. He is a member of the American Ophthalmological Society and the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis. He currently serves as the Secretary for International Relations for the International Joint Commission on Allied Health Care Personnel in Ophthalmology (IJCAHPO) and is the Ophthalmology Foundation’s Chair for Education.


Misha Pless

After completing a B.A.S at Stanford University, Dr. Pless was a Woodruff Scholar at Emory University School of Medicine, where he received his MD. Dr. Pless completed a medical internship at the Massachusetts General Hospital and a neurology residency at the Harvard-Longwood Neurology Training Program of Boston. He subsequently joined Dr. Simmons Lessell in specialty training in neuro-ophthalmology at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston. Before joining the University of Pittsburgh, he served as fulltime faculty at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. At the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Dr. Pless was the director of the neuroophthalmology division; he led a busy neuro-ophthalmology unit and took part in multicenter trials studying neuroprotection, optic nerve inflammation and ischemia. He was formally an Associate Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh. Subsequently Dr. Pless returned to Boston and at Massachusetts General Hospital Dr. Pless served as a neuro-ophthalmologist working on optic nerve function, and for a decade led 3 divisions, Neuro-ophthalmology, Multiple Sclerosis and General Neurology. In addition, Dr. Pless was an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. During the last 8 years he relocated to Switzerland where he served as neuroophthalmologist and neuro-immunologist, specializing in multiple sclerosis and uncommon autoimmune diseases of the central nervous system at the Hospital of the Canton of Lucerne, in Lucerne, Switzerland. Dr. Pless is certified by the National Board of Medical Examiners and is a board-certified member of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology,and has published works on subjects relating to multiple sclerosis and neuroophthalmology.


Nicholas J. Volpe

Nicholas J. Volpe is the Tarry Professor and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. Prior to relocating to Northwestern, he was Professor of at the University of Pennsylvania. He has published more than 150 scientific publications and book chapters. His textbook, Neuro-ophthalmology- -Diagnosis and Management, is the definitive single volume text in the field of neuro-ophthalmology. His awards include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the AAO and the Straatsma Award. Research interests include new diagnostic technologies, including pupillometry and visible light optical coherence tomography, imaging abnormalities in neurodegenerative diseases, surgical education of ophthalmology residents, adult strabismus surgery and clinical trials for optic nerve disease. He is a member of the AOS, and a Heed Foundation Director.