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Suzann Pershing, MD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System
Bio Dr. Pershing is on the ophthalmology faculty at Stanford University School of Medicine, with an academic career blending clinical practice, teaching, research, and administration. She serves as Program Director for the Stanford University Medical Center ophthalmology residency and Chief of Ophthalmology for the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.
In her role as residency program director, she is excited to innovate and implement novel approaches to residency education?such as establishing the 4-year research track residency program (SOAR), opportunities for resident elective scholarly activity, and efforts to develop a valuable internship program for incoming ophthalmology residents at Stanford.
Her research interests focus on improved utilization of big data, biomedical informatics techniques, and evidence-based medicine to study outcomes, health care utilization, disease progression, and cost-effectiveness of ophthalmic treatment. Dr. Pershing is active in big data initiatives and analysis, including collaborative projects at Stanford and serving as site PI for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) IRIS Registry analytic group at Stanford. She also serves as the AAO representative to the American Board of Medical Specialties task force on Information and Data Sharing, focusing on collaboration among specialty boards and societies to use data sources such as national clinical registries to facilitate improved quality of care, continuing certification, and practice and outcomes assessments. Dr. Pershing is also is involved in health policy efforts, including helping to develop CMS episode-based cost measures for MIPS, and is interested in health care innovation?technology, quality, and delivery systems.
Dr. Pershing serves on the national board of directors of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society, with focus on resident and faculty development initiatives, and mentors both medical students and undergraduate students.
Professor of Biomedical Data Science and of Radiology (Integrative Biomedical Imaging Informatics at Stanford), of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics Research) and, by courtesy, of Ophthalmology and of Computer Science
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research interest is imaging informatics--ways computers can work with images to leverage their rich information content and to help physicians use images to guide personalized care. Work in our lab thus lies at the intersection of biomedical informatics and imaging science.
Steven Sanislo, MD
Clinical Professor, Ophthalmology
Bio Dr Sanislo has over 20 years of experience in clinical and surgical practice in retinal and vitreoretinal diseases. He is the senior vitreoretinal surgeon at Stanford and maintains a large clinical practice as well as teaching ophthalmology residents and retina fellows. He also participates in clincal reasearch for varying retinal conditions. Dr. Sanislo recieved ophthalmology training as a resident here at Stanford, and recieved vitreoretinal training as a fellow at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Research interests include treatment of age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal diseases.
Dr. Sanislo has extensive clinical and surgical experience in the following diseases:
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Posterior uveitis / infectious and inflammatory disease of the posterior segment
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Myopic degeneration / pathologic myopia
- Macular pucker / epiretinal membranes
- Macular hole
- Repair of simple and complex retinal detachments
- Macular edema
- Retinal vascular occlusion
Ira Schachar, MD, MSc
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology at the Stanford University Medical Center
Bio Dr. Schachar is a board-certified ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon. He spends his clinical time helping the underserved population at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. It is there that Dr. Schachar treats some of the most challenging conditions facing ophthalmologists today. He has expertise in the areas of ocular complications of diabetes, retinal detachments, and uveitis. In addition to his adult patients, Dr. Schachar screens and treats premature infants at Lucile Packard Children?s Hospital who are at risk for retinopathy for prematurity. His overarching goal is to capitalize on the most advanced surgical techniques, laser treatments, and drug therapies to minimize patient discomfort, accelerate healing, and maximize long-term outcomes.
When Dr. Schachar is not seeing patients, he is working to advance the field of ophthalmology through translational research. His basic science research is primarily dedicated towards mechanisms to increase the duration of action and enhance the effectiveness of antibodies, such as Avastin, Lucentis, and Eylea, which are injected into the eye. Separately, he is refining surgical implants for the treatment of presbyopia and is a co-founder and board member of Vitrean, Inc., a pharmaceutical company developing novel treatments for retinal detachments.
Dr. Schachar graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Duke University. From there he traveled to Oxford, where he received a master?s degree in biology. He attended the premier Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis where he was inducted into the AOA Honor Medical Society. After graduating from medical school, he went on to complete his Medical Internship at the prestigious Brigham and Women?s Hospital in Boston and then completed his Ophthalmology residency at the world renown University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. During residency, he received numerous awards related to teaching, research, and clinical expertise. He then completed his fellowship training in vitreoretinal surgery at Stanford University.
In addition to these accomplishments, Dr. Schachar has an appreciation for underappreciated hobbies. Some of his favorites are card magic, juggling, yo-yoing, and collecting insects.