Current Opinion in Ophthalmology was launched in 1990. It is one of a successful series of review journals whose unique format is designed to provide a systematic and critical assessment of the literature as presented in the many primary journals. The field of Ophthalmology is divided into nine sections that are reviewed once a year. Each section is assigned a Section Editor, a leading authority in the area, who identifies the most important topics at that time. Here we are pleased to introduce the Journal’s Section Editors for this issue.
Kristin Hammersmith, MD
Dr. Hammersmith received her medical degree in her hometown from West Virginia University. She completed her ophthalmology residency at the Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute at Johns Hopkins University in 2002. Following subspecialty training in cornea and external disease at Wills Eye Hospital, she joined the Wills Cornea Service. She is currently an instructor at Thomas Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University.
Dr. Hammersmith has clinical expertise in corneal disease and surgery and cataract surgery. She has a special interest in ocular surface disorders and diseases affecting children. She is a section co-editor for the Yearbook of Ophthalmology. She is actively involved in fellow and resident education and serves on the residency education and continuing medical education committees at Wills Eye Hospital. She is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, for which she serves on the Cornea Self-Assessment Committee, and the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology.
Jay Pepose, MD, PhD
Dr. Pepose is a nationally recognized specialist in corneal and vision correction surgery. A pioneer in laser surgery, Dr. Pepose was the first to introduce LASIK to the St. Louis region. He remains the most experienced in the bistate area, having performed over 15,000 LASIK surgeries. He is a leader in the application of wavefront technologies. Dr. Pepose, a board certified ophthalmologist, earned his M.D. and Ph.D. from UCLA, his ophthalmology residency at Johns Hopkins and cornea fellowship at Georgetown University. He is Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Washington University and Barnes Jewish Hospital. Dr. Pepose many honors, include the VISX® Star award as a top-100 LASIK surgeon nationwide and is the only St. Louis vision correction specialist recognized in “Best Doctors in America” and “America’s Top Docs.” He is featured at Epcot Center for his pioneering research in laser vision correction and is a consultant for ABC TV 20/20 program and website.
Mujtaba Qazi, MD
Dr. Qazi is a cornea and vision correction subspecialist. He earned his M.D. from NYU, completed his ophthalmology residency at Boston University and cornea training at the Pepose Vision Institute. He is Instructor of Clinical Ophthalmology at Washington University and Barnes Jewish Hospital. Dr. Qazi has performed and assisted in thousands of eye surgeries, and has had extensive experience in pre- and post-operative patient care. He is a leader in the use of state-of the-art diagnostic technologies. Dr. Qazi is recognized in the 2002 “Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare.” and included in 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century by The International Biographical Centre of Cambridge, England as an International Health Professional of the Year for 2003.